At age 25, Jonathan Safran Foer emerged as one of the most original writers of his generation and a literary favorite with his 2002 best-selling debut novel, Everything Is Illuminated.
Drawing rave reviews, the book was translated into 35 languages. The Times of London called it “a work of genius,” and The Los Angeles Times hailed it as the “debut of the decade” and named it the 2002 Book of the Year.
In 2005, Liev Schreiber wrote and directed a film adaptation of the book with Elijah Wood cast as Foer in the movie.
When Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close was published in 2003, it became an instant bestseller, both nationally and internationally, and was honored with more literary awards from organizations around the globe.
Again, Hollywood called, and they turned his second novel into a movie starring Tom Hanks, Sandra Bullock and newcomer Thomas Horn. The movie drew critical acclaim and was nominated for the 2012 Academy Award for Best Picture. People Magazine called it the best movie of the year.
Personally, Foer was receiving as many accolades as his work. He was named one of Rolling Stone’s “People of the Year,” Esquire’s “Best and Brightest,” and The New Yorker’s “20 under 40” list of the best young writers in the U.S.
For his next major writing project, Foer set out to visit animal farms across the country – from small, family-run organic farms to factory farms that produce more waste than Los Angeles. He wanted to understand the issues surrounding what we eat and be able to answer not just “Can this be eaten?” but “Should this be eaten?”
He documented his road adventure and the ecological crisis he observed in a nonfiction book called Eating Animals, which again made national and international bestseller lists.
A resident of Brooklyn, New York, Foer is currently working on an edition of the Haggadah.