The Israeli writer and filmmaker Etgar Keret, who has attended two World Voices festivals, is a favorite of PEN America -- just last week I mentioned his conversation with George Saunders (from PEN America 8: Making Histories) after Deborah Eisenberg read a story of Etgar's (which will appear in PEN America 10) at our first-ever benefit.
Now, Words Without Borders is discussing Etgar in advance of the next Conversation on Great Contemporary Literature, which will focus on his work and feature internationally acclaimed Hebrew translator Miriam Shlesinger in conversation with prolific essayist and novelist (and cinephile) Phillip Lopate (who is on the advisory board of PEN America). The event is at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 5th, at Idlewild Books in NYC.
They'll also be hosting an online book club and are looking for readers to tell them their favorite Keret story. Send submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
And you should also read Etgar's recent contribution to The New York Times Magazine, pointed out by Maud Newton and Laila Lalami (who, like Etgar, appears in Making Histories).
(Photo above by Beowulf Sheehan.)