Reading Between the Lines with Jonathan Safran Foer
Combining several formats - book reading, audience interaction, and literary investigation - Jonathan delights audiences with an insightful, behind the scenes analysis of his bestselling novels.
Like many young Americans, Jonathan Safran Foer spent much of his teenage and college years oscillating between enthusiastic carnivore and occasional vegetarian. As he became a husband, and then a father, the moral dimensions of eating became increasingly important to him. Faced with the prospect of being unable to explain why we eat some animals and not others, Foer set out to explore the origins of many eating traditions and the fictions involved with creating them. The resulting book, Eating Animals, is part memoir and part investigative report. In the words of the Los Angeles Times, it places Jonathan Safran Foer "at the table with our greatest philosophers." The stories of how the book came to be, and the shocking information that he learned, make for eye-opening conversation.
'Here I Am,' Jonathan Safran Foer's Tale of a Fracturing Family
The New York Times reviews Jonathan Safran Foer's latest release.Read the review here > >
Brilliantly synthesizing philosophy, literature, science, memoir, and his own detective work, Eating Animals explores the many stories we use to justify our eating habits—folklore and pop culture, family traditions and national myth, apparent facts and inherent fictions—and how such tales can lull us into a brutal forgetting.Read more...
- Bestselling Author of Everything Is Illuminated, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close and the recently released Here I Am.
Foer is definitely a new sort of literary warrior, virtuosic, visionary, ingenious, hilarious, heartbreaking. He brings an astonishing array of firepower to the page-Village Voice.
Astounding, tender, intricately and extravagantly plotted novel... -The New Yorker.
Jonathan Safran Foer is the author of the international bestseller, Everything Is Illuminated, which was published when he was only 25. Hailed as the Debut of the decade, and translated into 35 languages, it was named Book of the Year by The Los Angeles Times and has won numerous awards, including the Guardian First Book Prize, the National Jewish Book Award, and the New York Public Library Young Lions Prize. More than 1,500 people voted online for
Everything Is Illuminated in the first Peoples Choice Award, sponsored by JBooks.com. It was named the decades best work of Jewish fiction. A movie based on the book was released by Warner Independent in September 2005, starring Elijah Wood as Jonathan Safran Foer, Eugene Hutz as Alex, with Peter Saraf as producer and Liev Schreiber directing.
His second novel, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, went straight onto national and international bestseller lists. It received the "Literature for Life Award," the Victoria and Albert Museum Award, and the Prix des libraries du Quebec, and was shortlisted for the International IMPAC prize. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close has also been optioned for film by Scott Rudin Productions in conjunction with Warner Brothers and Paramount Pictures. Named one of Rolling Stone's People of the Year and Esquire's Best and Brightest, Jonathan Safran Foer has had stories published in The New Yorker, The Paris Review and Conjunctions. He is the editor of a bestselling anthology of writing inspired by the bird boxes of Joseph Cornell, A Convergence of Birds. His libretto Seven Attempted Escapes from Silence was performed by the Berlin State Opera House in September 2005. Over the course of 2006, Mr. Foer visited animal farms across the country " from small, family-run organic farms, to factory farms that produce more waste than Los Angeles " in an effort to get at the most fundamental question about food, which is not Can this be eaten? but Should this be eaten? He documented his road adventure and the ecological crisis he observed in a nonfiction book called Eating Animals which was an instant New York Times and international bestseller. In 2010 he was included on The New Yorkers 20 under 40 list of the best young writers in the US.
He is currently at work on an edition of the Haggadah which it sure to have everyone talking, and his latest book, Here I Am: A Novel, has just been released to great anticipation. Mr. Foer lives in Brooklyn, New York.