|Edited The New American Haggadah, a Jewish text for Passover|
|Wrote libretto for opera Seven Attempted Escapes from Silence, which premieres in Berlin|
|First nonfiction book published, Eating Animals|
|First book published as editor, anthology A Convergence of Birds: Original Fiction and Poetry Inspired by the Work of Joseph Cornell|
|Film adaptation of second novel, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close|
|Film adaptation of Everything Is Illuminated|
|First novel published, Everything Is Illuminated|
|Georgetown Day School|
|His grandmother on his mother's side was a Holocaust survivor.|
|Creative writing teacher at Princeton Joyce Carol Oates encouraged him to write.|
|Attended the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine but dropped out to focus on writing.|
|On winning a $70,000 PEN Fellowship in 2004, Foer opted to return the money to PEN.|
|"The Holocaust presents a real moral quandary for the artist. Is one allowed to be funny? Is one allowed to attempt verisimilitude? To forgo it? What are the moral implications of quaintness? Of wit? Of sentimentality? What, if anything, is untouchable?" (Harper Collins)|
|U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council; recommended by President Barack Obama|
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