Nathan Englander, author of Dinner at the Center of the Earth, will speak at the annual Literary Luncheon. Book sales and signing will follow.
Why should you attend?
“Englander’s many-splendored new novel, Dinner at the Center of the Earth, is a guilty pleasure—guilty because you wonder throughout if a book highlighting the endless cycles of trespass and vengeance that define the modern state of Israel should be quite so much fun… Just when you think you’ve been swept into a political thriller with all the headlong energy of the Jason Bourne franchise or a romance viewed through a Vaseline-coated lens, Englander broadens the perspective and you’re back among the real and present depredations of history.”—The New York Times
“In Englander’s hands, storytelling is a transformative act. Put him alongside Singer, Carver, and Munro. Englander is, quite simply, one of the very best we have.”—Colum McCann, author of Let the Great World Spin
“Appealing… Clever, fragmented, pithy… Englander is a wise observer with an empathetic heart.”—Publishers Weekly
“Nathan Englander’s latest is, as usual, superb: a work of psychological precision and moral force, with an immediacy that captures both timeless human truth as well as the perplexities of the present day.”—Colson Whitehead, author of The Underground Railroad
The Festival of the Book appreciates the support of Dominion Energy as Lead Sponsor of this program, with additional support from Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital, Wells Fargo, and the Friends of Jefferson-Madison Regional Library.