When: Mon., April 16, 7:30 p.m. 2012
Jhumpa Lahiri received the Pulitzer Prize in 2000 for Interpreter of Maladies, her debut story collection that explore issues of love and identity among immigrants and cultural transplants. Lahiri also won the PEN/Hemingway Award and an O. Henry Prize, and was granted a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2002 and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in 2006. Lahiri's novel The Namesake was published in the fall of 2003 to great acclaim and a film version was released in 2007. Her most recent book of short stories, entitled Unaccustomed Earth, received the 2008 Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award. Born in London, Lahiri moved to Rhode Island as a young child with her Bengali parents. Her abilities to convey the oldest cultural conflicts in the most immediate fashion and to achieve the voices of many different characters are among the unique qualities that have captured the attention of a wide audience.