Suketu Mehta (born 1963) is a writer based in New York City. He was born in Kolkata, India, and raised in Mumbai where he lived until his family moved to the New York area in 1977. He has attended New York University and the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop.
His autobiographical account of his experiences in the city of Mumbai, Maximum City, was published in 2004. The book, based on two and a half years research, explores the underbelly of the sprawling city. It was a 2005 Pulitzer Prize finalist.
Suketu lives in Manhattan. He is currently working on a book about the New York City immigrant experience. He joined the New York University journalism faculty in 2008.
- He won a Whiting Award in 1997.
- He won the O. Henry Prize for his short story Gare du Nord published in Harper's Magazine in 1997.
- He won a Fellowship of the New York Foundation for the Arts.
- He won a 2007 Guggenheim Fellowship.
- 2005 Pulitzer Prize finalist for the book Maximum City.
- Maximum City was also chosen as one of the books of the year 2004 by The Economist.
- Maximum City won the 2005 Kiriyama Prize.
- "In the Violent Favelas of Brazil". The New York Review of Books. 15 August 2013.
- Maximum City. Knopf. 2004. ISBN 978-0-67004-921-9.
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- Suketu Mehta, official web site.
- Profile at The Whiting Foundation
- Interview with the Wall Street Journal
- Interview in The Believer magazine by Karan Mahajan
- Interview with Venkatesan Vembu, Daily News & Analysis
- Lettre Ulysses Award Biography (broken link as of 27 Oct 2012)
- SAJAforum on his NYU appointment