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September 26th, 2013
Keret to read at Wittliff, KAP

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STAFF REPORT

Internationally acclaimed author and director Etgar Keret will visit Texas State on Oct. 3 for a book signing, question and answer session and reading of his fictional short stories.

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Etgar Keret

The event will be held at 3:30 p.m. in the Wittliff Collections on the seventh floor of the Alkek Library. It is part of the continuing Lindsey Literary Series.

Keret also will hold a reading at the Katherine Anne Porter Literary Center in Kyle on 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 GodMissing KissingerGaza 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.”

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