Offsite: Shruti Swamy Paperback Release

Tuesday, September 6, 2022 - 6:30pm

Join us on Tuesday, September 6 at 6:30pm when we celebrate the paperback release of Shruti Swamy's The Archer at The Ruby!

This event is free to attend, but RSVP is required at the link below.

About This Event
Join us on Tuesday, September 6 as we celebrate the paperback release of Shruti Swamy's The Archer! Entry is free, but please RSVP here. Or purchase a ticket that includes entry and a signed copy of The Archer , or the "Swamy Bundle" of The Archer and A House is a Body. This event will be held at The Ruby in San Francisco's Mission District (please see our FAQ for more info).

Proof of Vaccination Required. Please keep your mask on between sips and bites of refreshments.

Doors 6:30pm

Reading 7:00pm

After-party with Gujarati bites, libations, and dancing to follow!

As a special treat, the first 50 attendees will receive a special poster of The Archer's paperback cover! First come, first serve.

Please see our FAQ below for further details.

About The Archer
“[Swamy’s] prose is so assured . . . The Archer dazzles as it asks: How does a woman remain an artist?” —The New York Times Book Review

Recommended by: BuzzFeed * The Millions * Book Riot * Literary Hub * Bookmarks * Ms.* Bookish * Goodreads * Library Journal * San Francisco Chronicle


In this original and transfixing novel, Vidya comes of age in 1960s- and 1970s-era Bombay, her childhood marked by the shattering absence and then the bewildering reappearance of her mother and baby brother at the family home. Restless, observant, and longing for connection with her brilliant and increasingly troubled mother, Vidya one day peeks into a classroom where girls are learning kathak, a dazzling, centuries-old dance form that requires the utmost discipline and focus. Her pursuit of artistic transcendence and escape through kathak soon becomes the organizing principle of her life, even as she leaves home for college and falls in complicated love with her best friend. As the uncertain future looms, she must confront the tensions between romance, art, and the legacy of her own imperfect mother.

Lyrical and deeply sensual, Shruti Swamy’s The Archer is a bold portrait of a singular woman striving toward life as an artist while navigating desire, duty, and the limits of the body. It is also an electrifying and utterly immersive story about the transformative power of art, and the possibilities that love can open when we’re ready.

About Shruti Swamy
Shruti Swamy is the author of the story collection, A House Is a Body, which was a finalist for the Pen/Robert Bingham Prize, the LA Times Book Prize for First Fiction, and longlisted for the Story Prize. Her work has been published by the Paris Review, McSweeney’s, and anthologized in the O. Henry Prize Stories. She lives in San Francisco.


  • If your ticket includes a copy of the book, it will be available upon your arrival at the event. We will have additional copies available for purchase at the event.
  • Seating will be first come, first serve.
  • This event will not be livestreamed.
  • If for whatever reason you are unable to attend but would still like your copy of the book, books will be available for pick up at 1231 9th Ave after the event at no extra charge. If you would like your book shipped, additional charges will apply.
  • This event will be held at The Ruby in San Francisco's Mission District. For the safety of The Ruby's members, their address is not made public. Attendees will receive the address on the day of the event.
  • To attend the event, you must purchase a ticket through this Eventbrite page. Purchase of The Archer made through the bookstore website does not grant entry to the event. However, if you have already purchased a copy, please feel free to RSVP for our entry-only tickets.


  • The entrance to this event is at street-level with no stairs leading into or out of the venue.
  • There is only street parking available outside of the venue. Public transportation is encouraged.
  • When purchasing your ticket, you can select priority seating for those with mobility devices or those with disabilities that necessitate a seat.

This event is free to attend, but RSVP is required at the link below.


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