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Jumpha Lahiri to speak on campus

Pulitzer Prize winner Jhumpa Lahiri -- called a "dazzling storyteller with a distinctive voice, an eye for nuance, an ear for irony," by author Amy Tan -- will present a reading in the MIT Writers Series on Thursday, Nov. 2, at 7pm in Rm 10-250.

Ms. Lahiri, who was born in London, raised in New England and now lives in New York City, sets her stories in both India and the US, portraying the uneasy mixing of Indian and American values.

When Ms. Lahiri's collection of short stories Interpreter of Maladies: Stories from Boston, Bengal and Beyond won the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for fiction, she became the first person of South Asian origin to win an individual prize. Interpreter of Maladies was selected for both the O. Henry Award and inclusion in The Best American Short Stories. One of the stories, "A Temporary Matter," is being made into an hour-long film for the Public Broadcasting Service's East-West series.

For more information about the reading, call x3-7894.

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on October 25, 2000.

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