Devyani Saltzman is a Canadian author, curator and journalist. She is the daughter of film directors Paul Saltzman and Deepa Mehta. She is the writer of Shooting Water, a memoir, as well as articles for The Globe and Mail, The National Post, The Literary Review of Canada, the Atlantic, Tehelka, Marie Claire, Room literary journal and The Walrus Magazine.
Her debut book Shooting Water (2005) was published in Canada, the US and India and received “starred reviews” in both Publisher’s Weekly and the Library Journal and was called 'A poignant memoir' byThe New York Times. Shooting Water is a memoir of a mother-daughter relationship that was rekindled during the filming of Water. Touching on Saltzman’s history with her mother and father, the book delves into Indian politics, cinema and her yearning for love and belonging. The majority of the book takes place between India and Sri Lanka.
Her freelance writing subjects include interviews with Pico Iyer, Sarah Polley, Floria Sigismondi and articles on India, long-term care facilities and immigrant domestic workers. She is the Founding Curator, Literary Programming, at Luminato, Toronto's Festival of Arts and Creativity and has been involved in a number of arts initiatives including Project Bookmark Canada, The Toronto Museum Project as well as being a juror for the National Magazine Awards, Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council and The Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction. Saltzman received her degree in Human Sciences from Hertford College at Oxford University in 2003. She specialized in sociology and anthropology.