Jhumpa Lahiri

Indian American author Jhumpa Lahiri has received the 2017 PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in the Short Story. (Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

Indian American author Jhumpa Lahiri has been announced as the recipient of the 2017 PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in the Short Story. She will receive the award and read at a ceremony held at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., Dec. 8.

The PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction was established by Bernard Malamud’s family to honor excellence in the art of short fiction.

Lahiri, professor of creative writing in the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University, is the author of four widely acclaimed works of fiction: “Interpreter of Maladies,” “The Namesake,” “Unaccustomed Earth,” and “The Lowland”; and two works of nonfiction: “In Other Words” and “The Clothing of Books.”

She is the recipient of 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, and a 2014 National Humanities Medal, awarded by President Barack Obama.

According to Associated Press, the award selection committee praised Lahiri for “deep introspection” and “meticulous attention” to language. It cited her books “Unaccustomed Earth” and “The Interpreter of Maladies,” a debut book of stories for which she won the Pulitzer Prize in 2000.

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