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2020/2021 Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series

Inprint Jhumpa Lahiri Reading

Monday May 10, 2021 7:00 pm

General admission tickets for $25 will go on sale on this page starting on Monday, March 8, 2021, at 12 pm noon, and will include a hardcover copy of Whereabouts, shipped via snail mail a week after the reading; details on how to access the reading will be provided in the Eventbrite receipt. All season subscribers will be provided free access to the reading along with a copy of the book. This livestream event will take place directly on the Inprint website on a hidden page.

Jhumpa Lahiri will give a short reading from her new novel Whereabouts, followed by a conversation with the American Book Award winner Yaa Gyasi, author of Homegoing and her new novel Transcendent Kingdom. This livestream event is presented as part of the 40th anniversary 2020/2021 Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series. For more information, click here.

Jhumpa Lahiri, is according to The New York Times, “a writer of uncommon elegance and poise” whose work is “ferociously good [and] emotionally precise” (O, The Oprah Magazine). Her debut story collection Interpreter of Maladies was an instant success, awarded the Pulitzer Prize and PEN/Hemingway Award and named The New Yorker Debut of the Year. Her novel The Namesake and story collection Unaccustomed Earth, both New York Times best sellers, were noted for their “poignant treatment of the immigrant experience, which is a rich, stimulating fusion of authentic emotion, ironic observation, and revealing details” (Library Journal). The Lowlands, a Booker Prize and National Book Award finalist, was hailed as “a magnificent, universal, and indelible work of literature… that astutely examines the psychological nuances of conviction, guilt, grief, marriage, and parenthood” (Publishers Weekly). Lahiri received a National Humanities Medal from President Barack Obama and the Premio Internazionale Viareggoi-Versilia for In Other Words, her first non-fiction work written in Italian. She will join us to read from and talk about her new novel Whereabouts, her first in nearly a decade, which Lahiri has written in Italian and translated into English. The woman at the center of the story wavers between the need to belong and the refusal to form lasting ties – but in the arc of a year, transformation awaits. Lahiri is currently director of Princeton University’s Program in Creative Writing and also resides in Rome.

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