Rijula Das's debut novel Small Deaths comes out in September 2022. It was previously published as A Death in Shonagachhi by Picador India in July 2021, where it received the Tata Lit Live First Book Award 2021, and was longlisted for many prominent awards, including the JCB prize 2021.
Russian rights have been bought by Ripol; and French rights have been bought by Éditions du Seuil, for publication in 2023. Adaptation rights have been optioned by Drishyam Films, and a limited series is currently in development.
Rijula received her PhD in Creative Writing/prose-fiction in 2017 from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, where she taught writing for two years. Her critical research focuses on the connections between public space and sexual violence. A Death in Shonagachhi was born of this research.
Rijula is a recipient of 2019 Michael King Writer's Centre Residency in Auckland and the 2016 Dastaan Award for her short story Notes From A Passing. Her short story, The Grave of The Heart Eater, was longlisted for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize in 2019.
She currently lives in Wellington, New Zealand.