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Seattle Arts and Lectures: Katherine Boo

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Benaroya Hall

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A contributing writer for “The New Yorker” and a former reporter and editor for the “Washington Post,” Boo 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 is the author of the New York Times bestselling book “Behind the Beautiful Forevers,” which was a finalist for the 2013 Pulitzer Prize and was adapted for the stage by the National Theatre. A landmark work of narrative nonfiction, it tells the dramatic and sometimes heartbreaking story of families striving toward a better life in Mumbai, one of the world’s great unequal cities. In this brilliantly written, fast-paced book, based on three years of uncompromising reporting, Boo illuminates a bewildering age of global change and inequality. “Behind the Beautiful Forevers” was one of 10 books President Obama recommended for future world leaders.

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