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U.S. President Barack Obama will award author Jhumpa Lahiri the 2014 National Humanities Medal, which honors those who have widened the public’s engagement with literature and “deepened the nation’s understanding of the human experience.”

Ms. Lahiri, a Pulitzer Prize winner and author of “The Lowland,” will receive the prize in Washington next week. First Lady Michelle Obama will also attend the awards ceremony at the White House on September 10.

“In her works of fiction, Lahiri has illuminated the Indian-American experience in beautifully wrought narratives of estrangement and belonging,” the White House said in a statement.

Her book “Interpreter of Maladies” won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 2000. Ms. Lahiri, whose parents originate from West Bengal, was born in London but moved to the U.S. as a child making frequent trips to Kolkata, then known as Calcutta, the capital of West Bengal. She is currently a professor of creative writing at Princeton University.

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Vandana Kumar

Vandana Kumar is a publishing executive with a 35-year track record in the industry. She leads the India Currents Foundation as President and CEO. As a new immigrant, she co-founded India Currents magazine...