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Katherine Boo

Over 25 years as a journalist, Katherine Boo has established herself as a fearless, honest writer dedicated to telling the stories of the poor and the overlooked in writing that crackles with novelistic intensity. A contributing writer for The New Yorker and a former reporter and editor for The Washington Post, she began her journalism career at the alternative weekly Washington City Paper, after which she worked as a writer and co-editor of Washington Monthly magazine. Over the years, Boo’s reporting from disadvantaged communities in the United States and abroad has earned her a Pulitzer Prize, a MacArthur Genius Grant, and a National Magazine Award for Feature Writing.

Boo’s book "Behind the Beautiful Forevers," a New York Times bestseller, won the National Book Award for Nonfiction and the PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. "Behind the Beautiful Foreversis the dramatic, heartbreaking, unforgettable story of families striving toward a better life in Mumbai. In this brilliantly written, fast-paced book, based on three years of uncompromising reporting, Boo illuminates a bewildering age of global transformation and inequality.

Boo is currently working on her next book, an exploration of social mobility in low-income families that draws on years of intimate reporting in African-American neighborhoods in Washington, DC.

My Speakers Sessions

Saturday, March 23
 

11:00am