Jhumpa Lahiri, photo credit: Liana Miuccio

7 p.m. Thursday, January 30
Recital Hall, UAlbany Performing Arts Center
Uptown Campus
1400 Washington Avenue
Albany NY 12222

Free and open to the public

The Creative Life

Born in London, Jhumpa Lahiri moved to Rhode Island as a young child with her Bengali parents. Lahiri found early success, winning the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 2000 with Interpreter of Maladies, was translated into 29 languages.


Beginning in 2012, Lahiri fell completely in love with Italian language and literature and in 2015, published a non-fiction essay titled "Teach Yourself Italian" in the New Yorker about her experience learning Italian. In the essay, she declared that she is now only writing in Italian. She now reads exclusively in Italian, and spends half the year in Italy. 

During her visit, Lahiri will share her insights into the benefits of immersion in a foreign language for creativity, for broadening perspectives in an increasingly global culture, and for the appreciation of art. 

She describes her current creative practice and teaching as an effort to "transmit this awe" of Italian authors and their work. She recently edited and published The Penguin Book of Italian Short Stories (2019), a landmark collection of fiction — 40 Italian short stories written by 40 different Italian writers  —  nearly half appearing in English for the first time.


Her most recent novel, Dove mi Trovo, written in Italian, was published in 2018. More.

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Sandeep Jauhar, author of Heart: A History, on Monday, February 3.

Ryan Russell, a poet and the first openly gay player in the NFL, on Tuesday, February 4.  

Journalist and essayist Wesley Yang, author of The Souls of Yellow Folk, on Thursday, February 6.  

The Classic Film Series kicks off with the 2018 film adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s "The Seagull" on Friday, February 7. 

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Albany, NY 12222

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