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Cathy Park Hong & Jhumpa Lahiri
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 at 4:30 PM

All readings will take place at 4:30 p.m. in the James M. Stewart '32 Theater at the Lewis Center for the Arts, 185 Nassau Street (unless otherwise noted) and are free and open to the public.

(Princeton, NJ) Poet Cathy Park Hong and novelist Jhumpa Lahiri will read at the Lewis Center for the Arts on Wednesday, April 27. Senior Abigail Bowman will read a translation. The readings begin at 4:30 p.m. in the James M. Stewart '32 Theater at the Lewis Center for the Arts at 185 Nassau Street, Princeton. The readings are free and open to the public.

Cathy Park Hong

Cathy Park Hong's first book, Translating Mo'um was published in 2002 by Hanging Loose Press. Her second collection, Dance Dance Revolution, was chosen for the Barnard Women Poets Prize and was published in 2007 by W.W. Norton.  Her third collection, Engine West, will be published in 2012. Hong is also the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. Her poems have been published in A Public Space, Poetry, Paris Review, Conjunctions, McSweeney's, Harvard Review, Boston Review, The Nation, and other journals. She serves as a poetry editor for jubilat magazine and is an Assistant Professor at Sarah Lawrence College.

Jhumpa Lahiri by Elena Seibert
Photo by Elena Seibert

Jhumpa Lahiri received the Pulitzer Prize in 2000 for Interpreter of Maladies, her debut story collection that explores issues of love and identity among immigrants and cultural transplants. With a compelling, universal fluency, Lahiri portrays the practical and emotional adversities of her diverse characters in elegant and direct prose. Whether describing hardships of a lonely Indian wife adapting to life in the United States or illuminating the secret pain of a young couple as they discuss their betrayals during a series of electrical blackouts, Lahiri's bittersweet stories avoid sentimentality without abandoning compassion.

Jhumpa Lahiri’s novel The Namesake was published in the fall of 2003 to great acclaim. The Namesake expands on the perplexities of the immigrant experience and the search for identity. The narrative follows the Gangulis, an Indian couple united in an arranged marriage, as they build their lives together in America. Unlike her husband, Mrs. Ganguli defies assimilation, while their son, Gogol, burdened with the seemingly absurd name of the long-dead Russian writer, awkwardly struggles to define himself. A film version of The Namesake (directed by Mira Nair) was released in 2007.  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).  She has contributed the essay on Rhode Island in the 2008 book State by State: A Panoramic Portrait of America.

The Lewis Center's Program in Creative Writing is sponsoring the event as part of the ongoing Althea Ward Clark W'21 reading series, which provides an opportunity for students as well as all in the greater Princeton residential community to hear and meet the best writers of contemporary poetry and fiction. All readings are free and open to the public. Readings take place on select Wednesdays at 4:30 p.m. in the James M. Stewart '32 Theater at the Lewis Center for the Arts at 185 Nassau Street, Princeton.

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