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Katherine Boo

Author

Katherine Boo’s nonfiction account of on families in a Mumbai slum, Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity, received the National Book Award for Nonfiction, in addition to prizes from PEN and the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and has been translated into 25 languages. Her previous investigative work on disadvantaged communities in the United States received a Pulitzer Prize for Public Service and a MacArthur Foundation Genius Award (2002). Formerly a reporter on the investigative staff of the Washington Post, Boo has been a contributing writer for the New Yorker magazine since 2001.

Events

25. How the rest of the world lives: Katherine Boo with David McWilliams

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Katherine Boo, one of the most acclaimed American investigative journalists and authors, documents the lives of forgotten people living in poverty. She has won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service and the MacArthur “genius” award. There are books that change the way you feel and see the world. The Beautiful Forevers is one such book […]

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33. Trump’s America (With Sebastian Junger, Willy Vlautin & Katherine Boo)

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What is happening in the America we thought we knew? We often hear other people’s view of the US, but what do Americans actually think? Three outstanding American thinkers, authors and journalists gather in Dalkey to tell us their own personal experience of what it’ s really like living in Trump’s America. Expect sparks to […]

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11. The Retreat of the West: is democracy defeating itself?

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Democracy is on the rocks. Populism is on the march. Democracy is eating itself from within, throwing up all sorts of extremists and populists. It is also losing ground, losing credibility and more significantly not providing stability. In France, Germany and Italy, populist parties are attracting millions of votes. Britain looks ungovernable and America is ruled […]

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