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Thursday, November 18, 2010

Thursday To-Do: Jonathan Safran Foer

Posted By on Thu, Nov 18, 2010 at 8:38 AM

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JONATHAN SAFRAN FOER
7:30 p.m., Staples Auditorium, Hendrix College. Free.

The Crain-Maling Center of Jewish Culture, an organization that aims to "enhance knowledge about Jewish culture and raise awareness of Jewish life" at Hendrix, went a long way towards furthering its mission by bringing Jonathan Safran Foer to campus. A writer who's rarely mentioned without the word "wunderkind" trailing near behind, Foer is perhaps most famous for his widely praised debut novel, "Everything Is Illuminated." Published when he was 25, the book follows the travels of a young American Jew who travels to Ukraine to find the woman who saved his grandfather from the Nazis; the Jewish newspaper The Forward called it "the first great American Jewish novel of the twenty-first century." Foer has followed up with another acclaimed novel, "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" and, most recently, a non-fiction account of his vegetarianism, "Eating Animals." He's currently at work on a new edition of the "Haggadah," the Jewish text that tells the story of the Jewish liberation from slavery in Egypt. So he's certainly got the bona fides to rep for the Crain-Maling Center and to deliver a lecture called "Why Jews Laugh at Things That Aren't Funny." A reception follows the talk in Mills Library.

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