Boo wins National Book Award

For her debut work about an Indian slum

New Yorker staff writer Katherine Boo has won a National Book Award for her debut nonfiction work Behind the Beautiful Forevers, the National Book Foundation announced on Wednesday night.

CJR profiled Boo in our July/August issue, where she spoke about her development as a writer of slow, careful, descriptive journalism. Read it here, and check out our review of Behind the Beautiful Forevers from the March/April issue here.

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Kira Goldenberg was an associate editor at CJR from 2012-2015. Follow her on Twitter at @kiragoldenberg.