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Katherine Boo Discusses Hope, Heartbreak in Slums of Mumbai

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Katherine Boo Discusses Hope, Heartbreak in Slums of Mumbai

Katherine Boo

Katherine Boo is an American investigative journalist who has documented the lives of people in poverty. She has won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service (2000), the MacArthur "genius" award (2002), and the National Book Award for Nonfiction (2012). She has been a staff writer for The New Yorker magazine since 2003. Her book Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity won nonfiction prizes from PEN, the Los Angeles Times Book Awards, the New York Public Library, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters, in addition to the National Book Award for Nonfiction. 

On February 4, 2016, Boo spoke to an overflow crowd in the 300-seat Merage School Auditorium, sharing stories and lessons from her prize-winning book, Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death & Hope in a Mumbai Undercity.