Date: Friday, January 13 2017.
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Location: Maritime Museum, Galle Fort.
Katherine Boo’s book on life in Annawadi, a makeshift settlement in the shadow of luxury hotels near the Mumbai airport, won the National Book Award and was an instant international bestseller.
It was also made into a very successful play by Britain’s National Theatre.
In the book, as India starts to prosper, Annawadians are electric with hope. Abdul, an enterprising Muslim teenager, sees “a fortune beyond counting” in the recyclable garbage that richer people throw away. Asha, a woman of formidable wit, has identified an alternate route to the middle class: political corruption. Even the poorest Annawadians, believe themselves inching closer to the good life they call “the full enjoy.”
But then a shocking tragedy, terror, and a global recession rock the city, challenging their hopes. In this thoughtful conversation, Katherine Boo will discuss how she came to write the book and will bring to life the people she captured in it.
“Exquisite in every detail, this book about a slum in India informs the mind, elevates the soul and will leave you invested in the lives chronicled by one of the premier journalists of our time.” – The Daily Gazette.
- Participant Bio: Katherine Boo.
- Moderator: Chris Hanley.
SLT Telecom is happy to be associated with Katherine Boo’s visit to the Festival.