The Warren County Community College Visiting Authors Series resumes on Thursday, November 19, with a reading by internationally-celebrated fiction writer Jhumpa Lahiri. This event, which can be accessed through the link found below, begins at 7:00 p.m. and is free and open to the public.
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. Her novel The Namesake, published in the fall of 2003, expands on the perplexities of the immigrant experience and the search for identity. A film version of The Namesake (directed by Mira Nair) was released in 2007. Another book of short stories, 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. Her book, The Lowland, won the DSC award for south Asian fiction, and was a finalist for both the Man Booker prize and the National Book Award in fiction. She recently edited and partly translated The Penguin Book of Italian Short Stories. In 2021 she will publish her first collection of poems in Italian, Il quaderno di Nerina (Guanda 2021). Her first full-length self-translation is her forthcoming novel, Whereabouts (Knopf), to be released on May 4, 2021. Originally written in Italian, it was published as Dove Mi Trovo in 2018.
In 2015, Jhumpa Lahiri was awarded the prestigious National Humanities Medal by the NEH at the White House. Lahiri has also won the PEN/Hemingway Award, an O. Henry Prize (for the short story “Interpreter of Maladies”), the Addison Metcalf Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Vallombrosa Von Rezzori Prize, the Asian American Literary Award, and the 2017 PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in the Short Story. In September 2015 Jhumpa Lahiri joined the Lewis Center for the Art’s Program in Creative Writing faculty at Princeton University as Professor of Creative Writing. In 2019 she was named the director of Princeton University’s Program in Creative Writing. She was also named Commander of the Italian Republic in 2019 by President Sergio Mattarella.
After her reading, Lahiri will be interviewed about her writing by Professors Kerry Frabizio and Brian Bradford, both of Warren County Community College. Following the interview will be a brief Q&A session that uses questions submitted by the online audience, conducted by Professor BJ Ward, Director of the Visiting Authors Series.
The Visiting Authors Series is supported by a grant from the Warren County Division of Cultural & Heritage Affairs. All physical site facilities comply with ADA regulations and are fully accessible. Sign language interpretation for any VAS event is available with two weeks’ notice.
To attend the reading, please follow this link:
After the simple registration process, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about attending the virtual reading. Attendance for this event is limited to the first 300 registrants. There will be a wait list available.
Warren County Community College offers students the option of earning an Associate of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, the first and only degree of its kind in New Jersey and a member program of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP). To find out more about WCCC’s Creative Writing degree program, please call (908) 835-WCCC or click the Academics tab above. For directions to the college, please click the Locations tab below.