USINPAC cheers for Indian American Jhumpa Lahiri who has been shortlisted for the 2013 U.S. National Book Award in fiction for her new novel, ‘The Lowland’

Days after being short listed for the Man Booker prize for her new novel, `The Lowland`, Pulitzer Prize winning Indian American author Jhumpa Lahiri has been shortlisted for the 2013 U.S. National Book Award in fiction.

Lahiri`s tale of two brothers set in Kolkata of the 1960s has been listed along with nine other works, including Tom Drury`s `Pacific`, Elizabeth Graver`s `The End of the Point` and Rachel Kushner`s `The Flamethrowers.`

The National Book Foundation said finalists in the Young People`s Literature, Poetry, Nonfiction and Fiction categories would be announced on Oct 16 and the winners will be named at a ceremony in New York on Nov 20.

Born in London, 46-year-old Lahiri, who lives in Brooklyn, New York is the daughter of immigrants from West Bengal.

She is the author of three previous books. Her debut collection of stories, `Interpreter of Maladies`, won the Pulitzer Prize and the PEN/Hemingway Award.

Her novel `The Namesake` was a New York Times Notable Book and was selected as one of the best books of the year by USA Today and Entertainment Weekly, among other publications.

`The Namesake` was also adapted into a film of the same name by acclaimed filmmaker Mira Nair.

Her second book of short stories, `Unaccustomed Earth`, was named one of the ten best books of the year by The New York Times Book Review.

In a review of her latest novel, the New York Times noted: “Jhumpa Lahiri first made her name with quiet, meticulously observed stories about Indian immigrants trying to adjust to new lives in the United States, stories that had the hushed intimacy of chamber music.”

“The premise of her new novel, `The Lowland,` in contrast, is startlingly operatic,” the influential U.S. daily said calling it “certainly Ms. Lahiri`s most ambitious undertaking yet,” that “eventually opens out into a moving family story.”


Source: Zee News

USINPAC congratulates Indian American Manish Shah on his nomination to the key post of U.S. District Court judge for the Northern District of his home state of Illinois

President Barack Obama has nominated yet another Indian American, Manish S Shah, to the key post of U.S. District Court judge for the Northern District of his home state of Illinois.

Announcing Shah’s nomination along with seven other judiciary posts, Obama said in a White House statement: “These men and women have had distinguished legal careers and I am honoured to ask them to continue their work as judges on the federal bench.

“They will serve the American people with integrity and an unwavering commitment to justice,” he added.

An Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Northern District of Illinois since 2001, New York-born Shah, 40, currently serves as Chief of the Criminal Division, having previously served as Chief of Criminal Appeals from 2011 to 2012.

Shah was also Deputy Chief of the Financial Crimes and Special Prosecutions Section from 2008 to 2011 and Deputy Chief of the General Crimes Section from 2007 to 2008.

Both the senators from Illinois, Democrat Dick Durbin and Republican Mark Kirk, welcomed Shah’s nomination reflecting the bipartisan support he enjoys in the Congress.

“Manish Shah has served with distinction as an Assistant U.S. Attorney, and he will bring a wealth of knowledge and legal acumen to the federal bench in Northern Illinois,” said Durbin.

“Manish Shah’s stellar record in working with former U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald makes him an outstanding candidate to be the next federal district court judge for Northern Illinois,” Kirk said.


Source: Business Standard