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Great Writers, Great Readings

Jhumpa Lahiri

Monday, October 10, at 7 p.m.
The Helene Fortunoff Theater, Monroe Lecture Center, California Avenue, South Campus

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Jhumpa Lahiri received the Pulitzer Prize in 2000 for Interpreter of Maladies, her debut story collection that explores issues of love and identity among immigrants and cultural transplants. With a compelling, univer¬sal fluency, Lahiri portrays the practical and emotional adversities of her diverse characters in elegant and direct prose. Whether describing hardships of a lonely Indian wife adapting to life in the United States or illuminating the secret pain of a young couple as they discuss their betrayals during a series of electrical blackouts, Lahiri's bittersweet stories avoid sentimentality without abandoning compassion.

Lahiri's novel The Namesake was published in the fall of 2003 to great acclaim. The Namesake expands on the perplexities of the immigrant experience and the search for identity. Lahiri's book of short stories, titled Unaccustomed Earth, received the 2008 Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award (the world's largest prize for a short story collection) and was a finalist for The Story Prize. She contributed the essay on Rhode Island in the 2008 book State by State: A Panoramic Portrait of America. Her book, The Lowland, won the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature, and was a finalist for both the Man Booker prize and the National Book Award in fiction. Her most recent book, In Other Words (Knopf, Feb. 2016), explores the often emotionally fraught links between identity and language.

In 2015 Lahiri was awarded the prestigious National Humanities Medal by the NEH at the White House. As well as the Pulitzer Prize, Lahiri has also won the PEN/Hemingway Award, an O. Henry Prize, the Addison Metcalf Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Vallombrosa Von Rezzori Prize and the Asian American Literary Award. Lahiri was also granted a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2002 and an National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in 2006. In September 2015 Jhumpa Lahiri joined the Lewis Center for the Art's Program in Creative Writing faculty at Princeton University as Professor of Creative Writing.

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Jhumpa Lahiri

Great Writers, Great Readings