Author Jhumpa Lahiriwas was honored with a Bobi Award today at the 6th Annual Brooklyn Book Festival, for a body of work that exemplifies or speaks to the spirit of Brooklyn and has had a broad impact on the field of literature.
Jhumpa Lahiri was born in London and raised in Rhode Island. Her debut collection of stories, Interpreter of Maladies, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize, the PEN/Hemingway Award and The New Yorker Debut of the Year. Her novel The Namesake was a New York Times Notable Book, a Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalist and was selected as one of the best books of the year by USA Today and Entertainment Weekly, among other publications. Lahiri’s most recent book of short stories, entitled Unaccustomed Earth, received the 2008 Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award (the world’s largest prize for a short story collection) and was a finalist for the Story Prize.
Ms. Lahiri is featured above with Johnny Temple, Literary Council Chair and Akashic Books Publisher, and Borough President Marty Markowitz. Watch her discuss birth and death with Charlie Rose below as it relates to Unaccustomed Earth.