Acclaimed Israeli writer Etgar Keret to read his work at UCLA

Israel's Etgar Keret
Etgar Keret
[The venue for this event has been changed. Please see information below.]
Etgar Keret, the best-selling author, screenwriter and director who has been hailed as one of most radical and extraordinary writers of the younger generation in Israel, will read from his short stories and discuss his work in a unique appearance at UCLA.
"Is Reality Overrated? A Conversation and Reading With Etgar Keret" will be moderated by Adrian Todd Zuniga, host and co-creator of "Literary Death Match."
The event is organized by the Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for Israel Studies at UCLA and co-sponsored by the Consulate General of Israel in Los Angeles, Writers Bloc and the UCLA Center for Jewish Studies.
Sales and signings of Keret's books "Suddenly, A Knock on the Door" and "Girl on the Fridge" will take place following the talk.
5:30–7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 1
This event was originally scheduled to be held in UCLA's Royce Hall, Room 314. It has now been moved to the Lenart Auditorium at the Fowler Museum at UCLA. (map)
Keret will be available for interviews by phone and email in the coming weeks. Please contact Ofer Ziv of Blue Flower Arts LLC at 917-338-7912 or
Seating is limited, so please reserve a space in advance at

Etgar Keret
A best-selling author in his home country, Keret is internationally known for his collections of short stories. Alternately described as funny, absurd, tragic and poignant, his work has been translated into 22 languages and published in numerous collections, including "Suddenly, A Knock on the Door" (2010), "Girl on the Fridge" (2008), "Missing Kissinger" (2007), "Gaza Blues" (2007) and "The Bus Driver Who Wanted to Be God" (2004). 
In addition to publishing short stories, Keret has written several feature screenplays, including "Skin Deep" (1996), which won the Israeli version of the Oscar. "Wrist Cutters," featuring Tom Waits, was released in August 2007. "Jellyfish," which Keret co-directed with wife Shira Geffen, won the coveted Caméra d'Or prize for best first feature at the Cannes Film Festival in 2007. The animated feature film "$9.99," based on several of Keret's stories, was released in 2009. He currently teaches at Israel's Ben Gurion University.
Adrian Todd Zuniga (moderator)
Zuniga's fiction is featured in Gopher Illustrated and Stymie and online in Lost Magazine and McSweeney's. The president and founding editor of Opium Magazine, Zuniga has long hosted "literary death matches" — evenings at which authors read aloud from their work in "competitions" that blend literary sensibility with a satire of contemporary television talent shows. These humor-centric literary events are now featured in 50 cities worldwide. "Literary Death Match" makes its television debut in 2014.
Pay-per-space parking on campus is available in Parking Structure 4 for $6 for two hours or $12 all day. Enter the campus at Sunset Boulevard and Westwood Plaza (parking lot will be straight ahead). Pay stations accept bills in $1 and $5 increments or credit cards (VISA, Mastercard, Discover) but no coins. Handicapped parking is available in Parking Structure 5, Level 6 ($4 all day); enter the campus at Sunset Blvd. and Royce Drive. For additional directions to campus, visit
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For more information on the event, contact Jasmine Lin of the Nazarian Center for Israel Studies at the UCLA International Institute at 310-825-9646 or visit

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