behind the beautiful forevers

Katherine Boo, winner of the 2012 National Book Award for Nonfiction for her work Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity, visited St. Paul's on Oct. 14 to speak with Upper School English classes and writers from the student paper, "The Page."

Boo has written extensively about the lives of people in poverty. A staff writer for the New Yorker magazine since 2003, she has won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service (2000), the MacArthur "genius" award (2002), and nonfiction prizes from PEN, the Los Angeles Times Book Awards, the New York Public Library, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Behind the Beautiful Forevers describes a present-day slum of Mumbai, India. It follows the interconnected lives of several residents, including a young trash picker, a female "slumlord," and a college student.

Read an article from "The Page" about Ms. Boo's visit.

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