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Novelist Nicole Krauss to Deliver Rogoff Lecture

Writer to Discuss Her Latest Work and the Craft of Writing

Internationally bestselling Jewish novelist Nicole Krauss will deliver this year’s Hillel Rogoff Memorial Lecture, scheduled for February 6 at 7 p.m. in the Israel Henry Beren Campus’ Koch Auditorium.

Nicole Krauss, photo by Goni Riskin

Krauss’ talk, “Forest Dark: The Path to Writing” will focus on her most recent work, Forest Dark, (HarperCollins, 2017) a novel set in New York and Israel, whose main characters, an aging lawyer and a young novelist, are led by their separate transcendental searches to the same Israeli desert. A reviewer for The Guardian said, “There have been a great many novels about writing novels and it’s a difficult trick to pull off, but it’s testament to Krauss’s formidable skill as a writer that this one feels entirely original.”

Krauss’ previous novels have all been bestsellers and award winners. Man Walks into a Room, was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book of the Year. The History of Love, was a New York Times bestseller and winner of the Saroyan Prize for International Literature. Great House, was also a New York Times bestseller and finalist for the National Book Award. Krauss’ fiction has also been published in the New Yorker, Harper's, Esquire and the anthology, Best American Short Stories. Her books have been translated into more than 35 languages.

“Nicole Krauss is a leading writer of her generation, and it is fantastic that she will be joining us on campus to discuss her latest work, Forest Dark, and the craft of writing,” noted Dr. Cynthia Wachtell, director of the S. Daniel Abraham Honors Program and research associate professor of American studies. “I am midway through reading the book and loving it, and I will be teaching one of her earlier works, The History of Love, in my Jewish American writers course this semester.”

Hillel (Harry) Rogoff was an early alumnus of Yeshiva University and longtime editor of the Jewish Daily Forward. The lecture was established in 1971 through the efforts of the late YU English professor and administrator Dr. David Mirsky and members of the Rogoff family.

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