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    An Evening with Nathan Englander

    Author of "Dinner at the Center of the Earth"

    When: Monday, 10/2/2017 8:00 PM

    Where: Freidenrich Conference Center (Bldg F) 4th Floor

    This event is part of the Crossing Boundaries series. 

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    Join us for an engaging conversation with Nathan Englander as he discusses his new book Dinner at the Center of the Earth—the best work yet from the Pulitzer finalist and best-selling author of For the Relief of Unbearable Urges—a political thriller that unfolds in the highly charged territory of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and pivots on the complex relationship between a secret prisoner and his guard.

    A prisoner in a secret cell. The guard who has watched over him a dozen years. An American waitress in Paris. A young Palestinian man in Berlin who strikes up an odd friendship with a wealthy Canadian businessman. And The General, Israel's most controversial leader, who lies dying in a hospital, the only man who knows of the prisoner's existence.

    From these vastly different lives, Nathan Englander has woven a powerful, intensely suspenseful portrait of a nation riven by insoluble conflict, even as the lives of its citizens become fatefully and inextricably entwined—a political thriller of the highest order that interrogates the anguished, violent division between Israelis and Palestinians, and dramatizes the immense moral ambiguities haunting both sides. Who is right, who is wrong—who is the guard, who is truly the prisoner? A tour de force from one of America's most acclaimed voices in contemporary fiction.

    About the author:

    Nathan Englander is the author of the novel The Ministry of Special Cases, and the story collections For the Relief of Unbearable Urges and What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank, winner of the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award and finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. His short fiction has been widely anthologized, most recently in 100 Years of the Best American Short Stories. Englander's play The Twenty-Seventh Man premiered at The Public Theater in 2012. He also translated the New American Haggadah and co-translated Etgar Keret's Suddenly a Knock on the Door. He is Distinguished Writer-in-Residence at New York University, and lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife and daughter.


    About the moderator:

    The event will be moderated by Zack Bodner, Chief Executive Officer of the OFJCC. Before joining the JCC in 2013, Zack served for 14 years as the Pacific Northwest Regional Director of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). Zack holds a Master's degree in Philosophy of Religion and Theology with a focus on Zionist thought and Jewish history.



    Books will be available for sale at the event for $26.95 plus tax. Book sales provided by Books Inc. Palo Alto.
    OFJCC Books Inc.




    Monday, October 2
    8:00 PM
    Freidenrich Conference Center, Room F-401
    $30 Ticket and book bundle, $20 General Public (ticket only), $18 Members and J-Pass Holders (ticket only), $12 Students (with valid ID)
    Contact: Heather Shaw | (650) 223-8678 | [email protected]


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