Open Book/ Open Mind: Nathan Englander in Conversation with David Galef

Nathan Englander in conversation with David Galef
Dinner at the Center of the Earth
Sunday, September 16th at 4 PM


From the Pulitzer finalist and best-selling author of For the Relief of Unbearable Urges comes a new 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.

Nathan Englander is the author of the novel The Ministry of Special Cases, and the story collections For the Relief of Unbearable Urgesand 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.
Nathan will be in conversation with David Galef, professor of English at Montclair State University and the director of the creative writing program. David received a B.A. in English from Princeton, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in English from Columbia, with a specialty in British Modernism. From 1989 to 2008, he was a professor of English at the University of Mississippi in Oxford, where he administered the M.F.A. program in creative writing until 2007. In 2008, he received a Fulbright Fellowship to live in Tokyo and later returned home to teach at MSU. David is the author of short stories and poems and the novels How to Cope with Suburban Stress, Flesh, and Turning Japanese. Said of his non-fiction book Brevity: A Flash Fiction Handbook — “Galef is an excellent writer, and the book throughout is a delight―he makes the reader want to immediately start writing…. He provides deft insights and suggestions on editing… and he suggests techniques that work well when applied to a small text. Best of all, each chapter provides examples of great flash fiction―from authors as different as Saki and Steve Martin―as well as ideas for readers to explore.” —Publishers Weekly
Please register to reserve a seat. The event is free, thanks to our series sponsors The Montclair Foundation and Investors FoundationWatchung Booksellers will have copies of Mr. Englander’s books to purchase and have signed at the end of the event.



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