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Suketu Mehta    

Fiction Writer / Journalist

Suketu Mehta is the New York-based author of Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found, which won the Kiriyama Prize, and was a finalist for the 2005 Pulitzer Prize, the Lettre Ulysses Prize, the BBC4 Samuel Johnson Prize, and the Guardian First Book Award. He has won the Whiting Writers Award, the O. Henry Prize, and a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship for his fiction.

Mehta is currently working on a nonfiction book about immigrants in contemporary New York, for which he was awarded a 2007 Guggenheim fellowship.

Mehta's work has been published in The New York Times Magazine, National Geographic, Granta, Harpers Magazine, Time, and Condé Nast Traveler, and has been featured on NPR's "Fresh Air with Terry Gross." He has also appeared numerous times on CNN, Fox News, and other TV and radio programs around the world.

Mehta was born in Calcutta and raised in Bombay and New York. He is a graduate of New York University and the Iowa Writers' Workshop. He has written an original screenplay for The Goddess, a Merchant-Ivory film starring Tina Turner, and Mission Kashmir, a Bollywood movie.

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Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found

Global City

The UN forecasts that 60% of the world's population will be living in cities by 2030. Two billion people will be living in slums. As companies move capital and jobs across borders, the desperation of slum-dwellers in cities like Bombay will directly affect the economic fortunes of US cities. The UN also warns that these slums could be breeding grounds for extremism.

Mehta addresses such vital questions as: What is the future of the City? What's working and what's not in cities like Bombay or Lagos? How will people in New York or London deal with market opportunity in the developing world?

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