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LIVE from the NYPL: Ira Glass and Etgar Keret: Is Reality Overrated?

October 28, 2009

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This American Life host Ira Glass talks with writer Etgar Keret about his short fiction and films, runaway piggy banks, bus drivers and other, lesser gods.

This event is co-sponsored by Office of Cultural Affairs, Consulate General of Israel in New York.

About Ira Glass
Ira Glass is the host and producer of the public radio program This American Life. The show had its premiere on Chicago's public radio station WBEZ in late 1995 and is now heard on more than 500 public radio stations each week by over 1.8 million listeners. Under Glass's editorial direction, This American Life has won the highest honors for broadcasting and journalistic excellence, including several Peabody and DuPont-Columbia awards. In 2009, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting awarded Glass the Edward R. Murrow Award for outstanding contributions to public radio. In 2007 Riverhead published The New Kings of Non-Fiction, a collection of narrative nonfiction essays chosen by Ira Glass. In March 2007, the television adaptation of This American Life premiered on Showtime to great critical acclaim and in 2008 won two Emmy awards and in 2009 the show won another Emmy award.



About Etgar Keret
Hailed as the voice of young Israel and one of its most radical and extraordinary writers, Etgar Keret is internationally acclaimed for his short stories. His books include Bus Driver Who Wanted to Be God, Missing Kissinger, and Gaza Blues. Keret has received the Book Publishers Association`s Platinum Prize several times, has been awarded the Prime Minister`s Prize, and the Ministry of Culture`s Cinema Prize. Keret is the writer of several feature screenplays, including Skin Deep,which won First Prize at several international film festivals and was awarded the Israeli Oscar. Wrist Cutters, featuring Tom Waits, was released in August 2007. Jellyfish, his first movie as a director along with his wife Shira Geffen, won the coveted Camera d'Or prize for best first feature at the Cannes Film Festival 2007. Keret teaches at Ben-Gurion University.