Katherine Boo

Katherine Boo’s nonfiction account of families in a Mumbai slum, Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity, received the 2012 National Book Award for Nonfiction as well as prizes from PEN and the American Academy of Arts and Letters. It has been translated into 25 languages. It was also adapted by David Hare as a play at the National Theatre. Her previous investigative work on disadvantaged communities received a Pulitzer Prize for Public Service and a MacArthur Foundation Genius Award. Formerly a reporter on the investigative staff of the Washington Post, Boo has been a contributing writer for The New Yorker since 2001.

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A two-day taster of ‘the greatest literary show on Earth’
09 & 10 June
A packed programme of talks and performances animate four venues at the Library, celebrating South Asia’s literary heritage, oral and performing arts, books and ideas. Speakers confirmed so far include William Dalrymple, Meghnad Desai, Paulo Lemos Horta, Suki Kim, Ashis Ray, Suhel Seth, Preti Taneja and Shashi Tharoor.
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