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Katherine Boo: "Behind the Beautiful Forevers"


Shove Memorial Chapel
1010 N. Nevada Ave. (map)



In 25 years as a journalist, Katherine Boo has established herself as a fearless, honest writer dedicated to telling the stories of the poor and disadvantaged on the pages of our most esteemed publications. Writing for The New Yorker, the Washington Post, the Washington City Paper and The Washington Monthly, Boo has profiled marginalized populations in the United States and abroad: from Denver to the Gulf of Mexico to Mumbai. On the purpose of her writing, Boo has written, "Very little journalism is world changing. But if change is to happen, it will be because people with power have a better sense of what's happening to people who have none."

Boo continues her quest to give voice to those without one in her New York Times bestselling book “Behind the Beautiful Forevers,” a landmark work of narrative nonfiction that tells the dramatic and sometimes heartbreaking story of families striving toward a better life in one of the world's great, unequal cities: Mumbai, India. In this brilliantly written, fast-paced book, based on three years of uncompromising reporting, a bewildering age of global change and inequality is made human.

Katherine Boo: "Behind the Beautiful Forevers"
Katherine Boo
  • Open to Public: Yes
  • Admission Fee: Free
  • Sponsored By: NEH Professorship
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