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|Russell Rich, Katherine
Katherine Russell Rich is the author of The Red Devil (Crown) and the forthcoming Unspeakable (Houghton Mifflin). Her new book is an account of a year she spent in India learning Hindi. Her work's appeared in the Times, the Sunday Times Magazines, the Washington Post, Elle, Vogue, and O, on Salon and NPR. She's been a fellow at the New York public library's Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers, has also received fellowships from Yaddo, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and the American Institute of Indian Studies.
Unspeakable: A story about India, and life in other words (Houghton Mifflin) is a both narrative of language acquisition, and a book about the strange corners passions, unbound, can lead you into. On a lark, the author took a Hindi lesson, found she liked it, took another, and two years later, found herself in India, seeing how far she could get with fluency. The book interweaves stories from what turned out to be a tumultuous year with reporting on the science of language study.
Katherine Russell Rich reads in the Writers At
Newark Reading Series with Suketu Mehta on Wed., Dec. 5, 2007, 5:30-7 p.m., at Paul Robeson Gallery.