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Guest of Honor University Artist/Lecture Series Welcomes Author Etgar Keret

Posted April 22, 2013
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Author Etgar Keret will speak at the
Guest of Honor University Artist/Lecture
Series on April 24.

The Guest of Honor University Artist/Lecture Series will host author Etgar Keret at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 24, in the Kent Student Center Kiva for a lecture titled “The Dark and the Surreal: The Fiction of Etgar Keret.” Following the lecture, there will be a reception and book-signing at 8:30 p.m. in Room 204 in the Kent Student Center. Both events are free and open to the public.

Deborah Craig, coordinator of the Guest of Honor Series, says she chose Keret because her focus is to bring diversity to campus.

“I like to bring people to campus that students wouldn’t normally get to meet,” says Craig.

Keret, who was born in Tel Aviv, Israel, is nationally acclaimed for his book The Nimrod Flipout (2006). The book contains 32 short stories that capture the crazy life of Israelis today. The stories are three to four pages and offer a surreal world that is funny, yet sad at the same time. Keret comes from a family with diverse views. His brother heads an Israeli group that lobbies for legalization of marijuana and his sister is an Orthodox Jew and the mother of 10 children.

Keret is the third and final speaker for the Guest of Honor University Artist/Lecture Series this school year. The series is sponsored by the Office of the Provost and coordinated by the Honors College. If special accommodations for disabilities are needed, please contact the Honors College as soon as possible at 330-672-2312.