Katherine Boo will discuss her book, Behind the Beautiful Forevers, an award-winning account of the lives of the inhabitants of Annawadi, a Mumbai slum in the shadows of luxury hotels and the international airport. Boo followed the lives of several key residents of Annawadi as the global economic downturn in 2008 and 2009 added to the tensions that already existed over issues of religion, caste, and gender. Her portraits are compelling, sometimes heartbreaking, and offer insight into globalization at the personal level in one of the 21st century’s great, unequal cities. http://www.behindthebeautifulforevers.com/
Katherine Boo is a staff writer at The New Yorker and a former reporter and editor for The Washington Post. She learned to report at the alternative weekly, Washington City Paper, after which she worked as a writer and co-editor of The Washington Monthly magazine. Over the years, her reporting from disadvantaged communities has been awarded a Pulitzer Prize, a MacArthur “Genius” grant, and a National Magazine Award for Feature Writing. Behind the Beautiful Forevers, her first book, won the National Book Award for nonfiction, was included in a host of “best book” lists for 2012, and was shortlisted for the Pulitzer Prize. For the last decade, she has divided her time between the United States and India.