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CURRENT SEASON SCHEDULE
2 0 1 2 – 2 0 1 3
3 7 t h  A n n i v e r s a r y  S e a s o n

Founding Director: Joseph Cuomo

Tuesday, November 20, 2012, 7pm, Music Building, $20

J o n a t h a n   S a f r a n   F o e r   &
J o y c e   C a r o l   O a t e s

with Leonard Lopate

Jonathan Safran Foer is the National Jewish Book Award-winning author of the novels Everything Is Illuminated and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, the work of fiction Tree of Codes, as well as the work of nonfiction Eating Animals. The Washington Post Book World has said of Everything Is Illuminated: “Read it, and you’ll feel altered, chastened—seared in the fire of something new.” The London Times has said: “You will have to ignore everything you read about this novel. For you will read that Everything Is Illuminated is a work of genius, that its author…has staked his claim for literary greatness, that it’s a new kind of novel, that after it things will never be the same again. You won’t believe it and you’ll decide not to read the book on principle. And that would be a disaster, because it’s all true.” John Updike, writing in The New Yorker, has said: “[Everything Is Illuminated is] an astounding, clownish, tender, intricately and extravagantly plotted novel…the prose keeps jolting the reader into a heightened awareness that comes with writing whose exact like hasn’t been seen before.” Cynthia Ozick has said: “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close has all the kick and brio of a child’s wild vision and a child’s wild hurt. Foer’s nine-year-old Oskar Schell…is an American original.” The Baltimore Sun has said: “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close is a miracle, a daybreak, a man on the moon. It’s so impeccably imagined, so courageously executed, so everlastingly moving and fine.”

Joyce Carol Oates is the National Book Award-winning author of many novels and collections of stories, including them, We Were the Mulvaneys, Black Water, Blonde, The Gravedigger’s Daughter, The Falls, Middle Age, High Lonesome: New and Selected Stories 1966-2006, and, most recently, Black Dahlia & White Rose: Stories, which is forthcoming the fall of 2012, as well as the memoir A Widow’s Story. The Detroit Free Press has said of Ms. Oates’s work: “…people will be reading [it] a century from now, the way we read Dickens and Henry James, not only for its perfect evocation of time and place, but for its timeless grace and clarity.” John Updike, writing in The New Yorker, has described the work of Ms. Oates as “a storm of experience whose reality we cannot doubt, a fusion of fact and feeling, vision and circumstance, which holds together, and holds us to it through our terror and dismay.” The New York Times Book Review has said: “What keeps us coming back to Oates…is her uncanny gift of making the page a window with something happening on the other side that we’d swear was life itself.” The Seattle Times has said: “No living writer gets closer to the intense emotions of both mundane and extraordinary situations as well as Oates.” The Washington Post Book World has said: “ [Oates is] one of America’s finest realistic novelists.”

In addition to reading from their work, Jonathan Safran Foer and Joyce Carol Oates will be interviewed by Leonard Lopate.

photo of Jonathan Safran Foer: Gianluca Gentilini

 








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