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Fernanda Torres at the Brooklyn Book Festival

  • 209 Joralemon Street Brooklyn, NY, 11201 United States (map)

On Sunday September 17, Fernanda Torres, author of The End, will appear at the Brooklyn Book Festival for an event entitled Lust for Life: The Search for Meaning, Inside and Outside Family with authors Jonathan Safran Foer and Rodrigo Hasbún. Elissa Schappell will moderate.

Fernanda Torres was born in 1965 in Rio de Janeiro. The daughter of actors, she was raised backstage. Fernanda has built a solid career as an actress and dedicated herself equally to film, theater, and TV since she was 13 years old, and has received many awards, including Best Actress at the 1986 Cannes Film Festival. Over the last twenty years, she has written and collaborated on film scripts and adaptations for theater. She began to write regularly for newspapers and magazines in 2007 and is now a columnist for the newspaper Folha de São Paulo and the magazine Veja-Rio and contributes to the magazine Piauí. Her debut novel, The End, has sold more than 200,000 copies in Brazil.

Jonathan Safran Foer is the author of Everything Is Illuminated, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close and Eating Animals. His books have been translated into thirty-six languages. Everything Is Illuminated received a National Jewish Book Award and a Guardian First Book Award, and was made into a film by Liev Schreiber. Foer lives in Brooklyn with his wife, the novelist Nicole Krauss, and their children.

Rodrigo Hasbún was born 1981 in Cochabamba, Bolivia. He has published three books of short stories, CincoLos días más felices and Cuatro; a volume of selected stories entitled Nueve; and the novel El lugar del cuerpo. His second novel, Los afectos (Literatura Random House, May 2015), will be published in ten languages, and will be available in English from Pushkin Press in 2016. Hasbún was twice awarded the Bolivian Santa Cruz de la Sierra National Book Award, he was chosen by the Hay Festival as one of the Bogotá 39 (best Latin American writers under the age of 39), and he was named one of Granta’s Best Young Spanish-Language Novelists.

Elissa Schappell is the author of two books of fiction, Use Me, runner up for the PEN Hemingway award, and Blueprints for Building Better Girls, as well as co-editor with Jenny Offill of two anthologies, The Friend Who Got Away and Money Changes Everything. She is a Founding Editor, now Editor at Large of Tin House, former Senior Editor of The Paris Review and a Contributing Editor at Vanity Fair. She teaches in the MFA Fiction Writing Program at Columbia.

The Brooklyn Book Festival is the largest free literary event in New York, presenting an array of national and international literary stars and emerging authors. One of America’s premier book festivals, this smart and diverse gathering attracts thousands of book lovers of all ages to enjoy the festival’s lively literary marketplace.

Where: 209 Joralemon Street, Brooklyn, NY, 11201 

When: Sunday, September 17, 2017 at 4:00pm