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Jhumpa Lahiri

Friday, October 13, 2023
7:30pm Pacific Time
KQED Broadcast: 01/14/2024
Venue: Sydney Goldstein Theater

In 2000, Jhumpa Lahiri’s debut short story collection, The Interpreter of Maladies, won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award. Lahiri has gone on to write other critically acclaimed books, including The Namesake, Unaccustomed Earth, and The Lowland. She is a recipient of the National Humanities Medal from President Barack Obama and was named Commendatore of the Italian Republic by President Sergio Mattarella. Her collection Roman Stories centers around Rome, not as a setting, but as a protagonist. Translated from Italian, the stories capture Rome as both a metropolis and a monument, multi-faceted and metaphysical, suspended between past and future – and prove that Lahiri is now master of form in her adopted language. 

Peter Stein is an arts producer and a Peabody Award-winning documentary filmmaker. He spent eleven years as Executive Producer at KQED and was Executive Director of the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, the oldest and largest of its kind in the world. He now writes and produces film, media and performing arts projects, and interviews for various outlets.

A limited number of tickets include a copy of Lahiri’s new short story collection, Roman Stories.

Photo Credit: Elena Seibert