Monday, May 30, 2011

Jhumpa Lahiri

Country of origin: England

Jhumpa Lahiri (Bengali: ঝুম্পা লাহিড়ী; born on July 11, 1967) is an Indian American author. Lahiri's debut short story collection, Interpreter of Maladies (1999), won the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, and her first novel, The Namesake (2003), was adapted into the popular film of the same name. She was born Nilanjana Sudeshna, which she says are both "good names", but goes by her nickname Jhumpa. Lahiri is a member of the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities, appointed by U.S. President Barack Obama.


* 1993 – TransAtlantic Award from the Henfield Foundation
* 1999 – O. Henry Award for short story "Interpreter of Maladies"
* 1999 – PEN/Hemingway Award (Best Fiction Debut of the Year) for Interpreter of Maladies
* 1999 – "Interpreter of Maladies" selected as one of Best American Short Stories
* 2000 – Addison Metcalf Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters
* 2000 – "The Third and Final Continent" selected as one of Best American Short Stories
* 2000 – The New Yorker's Best Debut of the Year for "Interpreter of Maladies"
* 2000 – Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for her debut Interpreter of Maladies
* 2000 – James Beard Foundation's M.F.K. Fisher Distinguished Writing Award for "Indian Takeout" in Food & Wine Magazine
* 2002 – Guggenheim Fellowship
* 2002 – "Nobody's Business" selected as one of Best American Short Stories
* 2008 – Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award for Unaccustomed Earth
* 2009 – Asian American Literary Award for Unaccustomed Earth

To learn more about Jhumpa Lahiri, visit her page on Wikipedia.

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