Best-selling author Jonathan Safran Foer is the guest speaker at the annual People of the Book lecture Monday at Congregation Achduth Vesholom. Admission is free and open to the public.
Sponsored by the Fort Wayne Jewish Federation, the yearly lecture includes a talk by Foer, a question-and-answer session, a dessert reception and a book signing in which Foer's books will be available for purchase.
The People of the Book guest lecturer is a Jewish author or an author who has written a book involving Jewish subject matter.
Foer, author of “Everything Is Illuminated,” “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” and “Tree of Codes,” also has had stories published in The New Yorker, The Paris Review and other publications.
“Everything Is Illuminated” has won the Guardian First Book Prize, National Jewish Book Award and New York Public Library Young Lions Prize. “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” has won the Literature for Life Award, the Victoria and Albert Museum Award, and the Prix des libraires du Quebec.
Foer now is the Lillian Vernon Distinguished Writer-in-Residence at New York University.
The People of the Book lecture program, which began in 1979, has featured authors such as Carl Bernstein, Jeffrey Toobin, Scott Turow, Geraldine Brooks, Thomas Cahill, Sara Paretsky and Erik Larson, the latter of whom attracted the largest audience in 2012.
Other interesting trivia: After Toobin's lecture, he traveled to West Lafayette to complete research for the book “The Nine.” Brooks' Fort Wayne connection includes becoming engaged to then-News-Sentinel reporter Tony Horowitz.