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Pulitzer Winner Jhumpa Lahiri Reads From Her New Novel 'The Namesake'

Chitra Parayath

Jhumpa Lahiri, whose short story collection “The Interpreter of Maladies’ won the 2000 Pulitzer Prize visits Boston on September 16 to read from her debut novel The Namesake. Organized jointly by Wordsworth Books and Saheli, the group that offers support and friendship for women, the reading will be at Wordsworth Books at First Parish Church in Cambridge on September 16, 7 PM.

Lahiri was born in London and raised in Rhode Island. Her father, a university librarian, and her mother, a schoolteacher, are originally from Kolkata.

She is a graduate of Barnard College and Boston University, where she received an M.A. in English, an M.A. in Creative Writing, and an M.A. in Comparative Literature and the Arts, and a Ph.D. in Renaissance Studies. She has taught creative writing in Boston University and the Rhode Island School of Design.

Her stories have been selected for both The Best American Short Stories and the O. Henry Award. Her collection of short stories, The Interpreter of Maladies, won both the Pen/Hemingway Award and the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2000. She lives in New York City.

Lahiri has won critical acclaim for her sensitive and poignant portrayal of the immigrant experience, specially the conflicts of assimilation.

The event is free and open to the public, for more information, contact 617.354-5201.

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