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country of citizenship:
United States of America
language of expression: English
educated at: New York University
occupation: journalist, autobiographer, writer, screenwriter
award received: John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, Whiting Award, O. Henry Award, Asian American Literary Awards
Suketu Mehta is the New York-based author of Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found, which won the Kiriyama Prize and the Hutch Crossword Award, and was a finalist for the 2005 Pulitzer Prize, the Lettre Ulysses Prize, the BBC4 Samuel Johnson Prize, and the Guardian First Book Award. His autobiographical account of his experiences in Mumbai, Maximum City, was published in 2004. The book, based on two and a half years research, explores the underbelly of the city.He has won the O. Henry Prize, as well as a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship for his fiction. Mehta’s work has been published in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, National Geographic, Granta, Harper’s, Time, Newsweek, The New York Review of Books and Scroll.in, and has been featured on NPR’s Fresh Air, and NPR's All Things Considered. Mehta has also written original screenplays for films, including New York, I Love You (2008) and Mission Kashmir with novelist Vikram Chandra.
His latest book This Land Is Our Land: An Immigrant's Manifesto, was published in June 2019
under a 2007 Guggenheim fellowship.
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