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Lindsey Literary Series brings renowned writer Etgar Keret to Wittliff

By Andrew Smith
University News Service
September 24, 2013

Etgar Keret

Etgar Keret (Photo by Anna Kaim)

Internationally acclaimed author and director Etgar Keret will visit Texas State University on Thursday Oct. 3 for a book signing, Q-and-A session and reading of his fictional short stories.

The event will be held at 3:30 p.m. in the Wittliff Collections on the 7th floor of the Alkek Library and is part of the continuing Lindsey Literary Series. Etgar Keret will also host a reading at Texas State’s Katherine Anne Porter Literary Center in Kyle, Texas on Friday Oct. 4 at 7:30 p.m.

Keret, an Israeli national, was born in Tel Aviv in 1967 into a large family whose members championed causes ranging from Orthodox Judaism to the legalization of marijuana. Influenced by the diversity of his personal life, Keret’s "The Nimrod Flip-Out" is a collection of 32 short stories illustrating the madness of living in present-day Israel.

Rarely extending beyond three or four pages, Keret’s stories offer a window into conflicted worlds and casually evoke the themes of tragedy, comedy and violence.

His other books include "The Bus Driver Who Wanted to Be God," "Missing Kissinger," "Gaza Blues" and "Suddenly, a Knock on the Door." Keret’s work has reached far beyond the borders of his home country and has been translated into 22 languages for readers all across the world.

In 2007, Keret extended his talents to filmmaking and was awarded the coveted
Camera d’Or Prize at the Cannes Film Festival for his directorial debut of the movie "Jellyfish."

Sponsors include the Burdine Johnson Foundation, the Wittliff Collections, and the Department of English at Texas State University. Books will be available for purchase at the event courtesy of the University Bookstore.