Wednesday, Feb 19, 2014 7:00p -
Boston University, Morse Auditorium
602 Commonwealth Ave
Boston, MA 02215
Lectures & Conferences, University
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jhumpa Lahiri, a graduate of BU's creative writing program in fiction, will read from her novel The Lowland, shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the National Book Award. After the reading, Lahiri will be joined onstage for a conversation with fellow alumna Daphne Kalotay (Fiction 1994), the award-winning author of Russian Winter and Sight Reading.
This event is free and open to the public. We suggest arriving early to guarantee a seat. Public parking is available in the BU Granby Street lot at 665 Commonwealth Avenue, with limited metered spots on Bay State Road and Commonwealth Avenue. Via MBTA, take the Green Line to the Kenmore or Blandford Street station. You can find more information at http://www.bu.edu/maps/
JHUMPA LAHIRI was born in London and raised in Rhode Island. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, and author of two previous books. Her debut collection of stories, Interpreter of Maladies, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize, the PEN/Hemingway Award and The New Yorker Debut of the Year. Her novel The Namesake was a New York Times Notable Book, a Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalist and was selected as one of the best books of the year by USA Today and Entertainment Weekly, among other publications. She is a graduate of the Boston University Creative Writing program and lives in Brooklyn, New York.
A citizen of both Canada and the U.S., DAPHNE KALOTAY grew up in New Jersey and graduated from Vassar College before moving to Massachusetts to attend Boston University’s Creative Writing Program. There her stories went on to win the school’s Florence Engel Randall Fiction Prize and a Transatlantic Review Award from The Henfield Foundation. She remained at BU to complete a PhD in Modern and Contemporary Literature and, with Saul Bellow as her advisor, wrote her doctoral dissertation on the works of Mavis Gallant. (Her interviews with Mavis Gallant can be read in The Paris Review‘s Writers-At-Work series.) A MacDowell Fellow, Daphne has received fellowships from the Christopher Isherwood Foundation, the Bogliasco Foundation, and Yaddo. Her fiction collection, Calamity and Other Stories (Doubleday), was short listed for the 2005 Story Prize, and her debut novel, Russian Winter (HarperCollins), won the 2011 Writers’ League of Texas Fiction Prize, made the long list for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, and has been published in 21 foreign editions. Her newest novel is Sight Reading (Harper, 2013). Currently co-president of the Boston chapter of the Women’s National Book Association, Daphne lives in Somerville, Massachusetts.
The Ha Jin Visiting Lecture program, made possible by a generous donation from Mr. Robert Hildreth of Boston, is designed to bring internationally renowned fiction writers to Boston University to teach master classes and give public lectures. Jhumpa Lahiri is the third Visiting Lecturer; past honorees have included Victor Golyshev and Paul Harding. The series is named for HA JIN, a Boston University Creative Writing alumnus and current professor. Born in China in 1956, Jin was a teenager when China entered the Cultural Revolution. He became a member of the People’s Liberation Army at the age of fourteen. Writing in English, Jin has won the National Book Award, the PEN/ Faulkner twice, the PEN/Hemingway award, and the Flannery O’Connor prize.