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An evening with Jhumpa Lahiri

April 27 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Acclaimed author Jhumpa Lahiri will deliver the annual Alex Krieger ’95 Memorial Lecture at Vassar College. A question-and-answer session will follow. –

Jhumpa Lahiri is the author of four works of fiction: Interpreter of Maladies, The Namesake, Unaccustomed Earth, and The Lowland, which was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction, and the National Book Award. She has received numerous awards, including the Pulitzer Prize; the PEN/Hemingway Award; the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award; the Premio Gregor von Rezzori; the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature; a 2014 National Humanities Medal, awarded by President Barack Obama; and the Premio Internazionale Viareggio-Versilia for In Other Words, her memoir about learning Italian. She was a finalist for the 2018 National Book Award for Translated Literature for her translation from the Italian of Domenico Starnone’s novel Trick.


This annual lecture series is given in memory of a Vassar student, Alex Krieger, who passed away in an automobile accident during the spring of his freshman year. One of Krieger’s keenest interests was distinguished American writing. In consultation with his family, Vassar has invited outstanding American writers to deliver the annual speech, including Oliver Sacks, Tony Kushner, David Sedaris, Michael Chabon, Sarah Vowell, Gail Collins, Augusten Burroughs, Frank Rich, Ira Glass, Andy Borowitz, Mo Rocca, Gary Shteyngart, George Saunders, Piper Kerman, Zadie Smith, Junot Diaz, and most recently, Jamaica Kincaid.


April 27
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm


Vassar College


Villard Room, Vassar College Main Building
124 Raymond Ave
Poughkeepsie, NY 12604 United States
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