Portland Arts & Lectures: Katherine Boo
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Thursday, April 23, 2015 at 7:30 PM
Katherine Boo is an investigative journalist and author of Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity (2012), winner of the National Book Award. Janet Maslin calls Boo “one of those rare, deep-digging journalists who can make truth surpass fiction, a documentarian with a superb sense of human drama.” She has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 2003. Before that she was a reporter for the Washington Post. She’s been awarded a Pulitzer Prize for Public Service and a MacArthur Genius Grant. Boo herself says, “Very little journalism is world changing. But if change is to happen, it will be because people with power have a better sense of what’s happening to people who have none.”