Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity
Time: 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: Theater Coffman Memorial Union
Esther Freier Lecturer in Literature Katherine Boo will discuss her book Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity (Random House), which won the 2012 National Book Award for nonfiction. A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Boo spent three years researching in the Annawadi slum, outside Mumbai's International Airport. She found residents trying to raise families and move past a survival existence to some more secure place: her book recounts their struggles with rich characterizations and vivid detail. "Comparison to Dickens is not unwarranted," according to The New York Times' Janet Maslin. Presented by the Department of English and the Esther Freier Lectures in Literature.
Free and open to the public. A book signing and reception will follow the talk. Copies of Boo's book will be available for purchase.