[Boo] is among the most influential journalists writing about contemporary social conditions… Her extended profiles of individuals struggling at the invisible margins of society open a powerful journalistic window into the obstacles faced by many.
— The MacArthur Foundation Genius Grant Citation
Very little journalism is world changing. But if change is to happen, it will be because people with power have a better sense of what’s happening to people who have none.
— Katherine Boo
Katherine Boo is an internationally celebrated journalist on a quest to amplify the voices of underprivileged populations. Boo’s latest work explores social mobility in low-income families, drawing on years of intimate reporting in African-American neighborhoods in Washington, D.C.
A contributing writer for The New Yorker and a former reporter and editor for the Washington Post, Boo began her journalism career at the alternative weekly Washington City Paper, after which she worked as a writer and co-editor of Washington Monthly magazine. Over the years, Boo’s reporting from disadvantaged communities in the United States and abroad has earned her a Pulitzer Prize, a MacArthur Genius Grant, and a National Magazine Award for Feature Writing.
Boo is the author of the New York Times bestselling book Behind the Beautiful Forevers, which was a finalist for the 2013 Pulitzer Prize and was adapted for the stage by the National Theatre. A landmark work of narrative nonfiction, it tells the dramatic and sometimes heartbreaking story of families striving toward a better life in Mumbai, one of the world’s great unequal cities. In this brilliantly written, fast-paced book, based on three years of uncompromising reporting, Boo illuminates a bewildering age of global change and inequality. Behind the Beautiful Forevers was one of 10 books President Obama recommended for future world leaders.
Katherine Boo backstage at Pen & Podium.
Katherine Boo on Behind the Beautiful Forevers.
Benaroya Hall — S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium
This event will be held in the S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium, the largest event space at Benaroya Hall.
Benaroya Hall is located at 200 University Street, directly across Second Avenue from the Seattle Art Museum. The public entrance to Benaroya Hall is along Third Avenue.
From Southbound I-5 Take the Union Street exit (#165B). Continue onto Union Street and proceed approximately five blocks to Second Avenue. Turn left onto Second Avenue. The Benaroya Hall parking garage will be on your immediate left. The garage entrance is on Second Avenue, just south of Union Street.
From Northbound I-5 Exit left onto Seneca Street (exit #165). Proceed two blocks and turn right onto Fourth Avenue. Continue two blocks. Turn left onto Union Street. Continue two blocks. Turn left onto Second Avenue. The Benaroya Hall parking garage will be on your immediate left. The garage entrance is on Second Avenue, just south of Union Street.
From Northbound Highway 99 (Aurora Avenue) Take the Seneca Street exit and move into the left lane. Turn left onto First Avenue and proceed one block. Take the next right (at the Hammering Man sculpture) onto University Street. Continue up the hill two blocks to Third Avenue. Turn left onto Third Avenue. Continue to the next block and turn left onto Union Street. Make the next left onto Second Avenue. The Benaroya Hall parking garage will be on your immediate left. The garage entrance is on Second Avenue, just south of Union Street.
From Southbound Highway 99 (Aurora Avenue) Take the Denny Way/Downtown exit. Keep right and cross over Denny Way onto Wall Street. Proceed approximately five blocks and turn left onto Second Avenue. Continue south on Second Avenue approximately eight blocks. The Benaroya Hall parking garage will be on your left. The garage entrance is on Second Avenue, just south of Union Street.
Benaroya Hall is served by numerous bus routes. Digital reader boards along Third Avenue display real-time bus arrival information. For details and trip planning tools, call Metro Rider Information at 206.553.3000 (voice) or 206.684.1739 (TDD), or visit Metro online. The Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel, served by bus and light rail, has a stop just below the Hall (University Street Station).
The 430-car underground garage at Benaroya Hall provides direct access from the enclosed parking area into the Hall via elevators leading to The Boeing Company Gallery. Enter the garage on Second Avenue, just south of Union Street. Maximum vehicle height is 6’8″. Blink charging stations are available for electric vehicles. The event rate is $16.
Parking is also available at:
The Cobb Building (enter on University Street between Third and Fourth avenues).
The Russell Investments Center (enter on Union Street between First and Second avenues).
There are many other garages within a one-block radius of Benaroya Hall, along with numerous on-street parking options.
All of our venues have accessible seating and listening devices available. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 206.621.2230 x10 for more details and to let us know you’re coming so we can better accommodate your needs.