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Indian-American Writer Named to President's Committee on Arts

India Post, Posted: Feb 27, 2010

Indian-American Pulitzer-winning writer Jhumpa Lahiri has been nominated to the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities, reports India Post. Lahiri's first collection of stories, "The Interpreter of Maladies," won her a Pulitzer along with the PEN/Hemingway Award and the Addison H. Metcalf Award.

Her latest story collection, "Unaccustomed Earth," won the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award and the Vallombrosa-Gregor von Rezzori Prize. "The arts and the humanities enhance the vibrancy of our society, inspire us and strengthen our democracy," said President Obama in a press release. "I look forward to working with them in the weeks and months ahead. The other individuals named, besides Lahiri, are Chuck Close, Fred Goldring, Sheila Johnson, Pamela Joyner, and Ken Solomon.


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