One of the best-loved fiction writers of her generation, renowned for her novels of East Indian American immigrant experience, Jhumpa Lahiri fell completely in love with Italian language and literature beginning in 2012.
Lahiri now reads exclusively in Italian, and spends half the year in Italy. She describes her current creative practice and teaching as an effort to “transmit this awe” of Italian authors and their work. She recently edited and published "The Penguin Book of Italian Short Stories" (2019), a landmark collection of short works of fiction— nearly half appearing in English for the first time.
Lahiri will share her insights into the benefits of immersion in a foreign language for creativity, for broadening perspectives in an increasingly global culture, and for the appreciation of art and life. In her introduction, she says, “Only works in translation can broaden the literary horizon, open doors, break down the wall.”
Following the conversation, there will be a book signing and reception in the theatre lounge. The event is free and open to the public.
Lahiri's debut, internationally-bestselling collection, "Interpreter of Maladies," won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, the PEN/Hemingway Award, The New Yorker Debut of the Year award, an American Academy of Arts and Letters Addison Metcalf Award, and was translated into 29 languages.