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Katherine Boo

PEN Announces Awards Shortlists

Posted 07.11.2013 | Books

The shortlists for PEN American Center's literary awards have just been revealed, in various diverse areas of literature. “We are proud that PEN...

National Book Award Winners

Posted 11.14.2012 | Books

The 2012 National Book Awards took place tonight, when accolades were given in each of four categories: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry and Young People's...

Katherine Boo's "Behind the Beautiful Forevers": National Book Award Finalist Is a Worthy Honoree

Anis Shivani | Posted 12.22.2012 | Books
Anis Shivani

This is not Slumdog Millionaire, and this is not Thomas Friedman's rose-tinted view of Bangalore's high-tech millionaires. Boo's India is an India we need to hear more about, as we grapple with our own most pressing problem of an economic inequality straining credibility.

What It Means To Really Stand For The Poor

Jacqueline Novogratz | Posted 06.05.2012 | Impact
Jacqueline Novogratz

Standing with the poor ultimately means deciding to do what is right, not just what is easy. Standing with the poor means walking away from unethical leaders, even when their companies are "succeeding."

The Dark Underbelly of Modern India

Warren Adler | Posted 05.27.2012 | Books
Warren Adler

There are many ways to assess Katherine Boo's remarkable book Behind the Beautiful Forevers about the disenfranchised, struggling, impoverished underclass of India. Beyond the general is the harsh statistic that India contains one-third of the impoverished people on the planet.

LiePad: Why Nonfiction Writers Must Never Change the Facts

Brandt Goldstein | Posted 05.21.2012 | Media
Brandt Goldstein

Can a writer working in the realm of nonfiction ever change the facts because he's Making Art or Delivering an Important Message? The view of basically every respected journalist is Hell No. But a new book takes the opposite view.