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Jonathan Safran Foer

Bestselling Author

Jonathan Safran Foer is the author of the international bestseller “Everything Is Illuminated,” which was published when he was 25 years old. Hailed as the “debut of the decade” and translated into
 35 languages, it was named Book of the Year by The Los Angeles
 Times and has won numerous awards, including the New York Public Library Young Lions Prize.

More than 1,500 people voted online for “Everything Is Illuminated” in the first People’s Choice Award, sponsored by JBooks.com. It was named the decade’s best work of Jewish fiction. A movie based on the book was released by Warner Independent in 2005, starring Elijah Wood as Foer.

His second novel, “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close,” went straight onto national and international bestseller lists. It received the “Literature for Life Award,” the Victoria and Albert Museum Award and the Prix des libraries du Quebec. “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” has been optioned for film by Scott Rudin Productions in conjunction with Warner Brothers and Paramount Pictures.

The novel was chosen as Georgia State University’s First-Year Book Program selection for the freshman class of 2011, and Foer was the keynote speaker at Georgia State’s freshman convocation that year. Many members of this year’s Georgia State graduating class were freshmen four years ago.

Named one of Rolling Stone’s “People of the Year” and Esquire’s “Best and Brightest,” Foer has had stories published in The New Yorker, The Paris Review and Conjunctions. He is the editor of a bestselling anthology of writing inspired by the bird boxes of Joseph Cornell, “A Convergence of Birds.” His libretto, “Seven Attempted Escapes from Silence,” was performed by the Berlin State Opera House in 2005.

In 2006, Foer visited animal farms across the country, from small, family-run organic farms, to factory farms that produce more waste than Los Angeles, to get at the most fundamental question about food, which is not “Can this be eaten?” but “Should this be eaten?”

He documented his road adventure and the ecological crisis he observed in a nonfiction book called “Eating Animals,” which was an instant New York Times and international bestseller. In 2010 he was included on The New Yorker’s “20 under 40” list of the best young young writers in the U.S.

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