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Author Foer to Speak During Freshman Family Weekend

Providence, R.I.--New York Times best-selling author Jonathan Safran Foer will be the featured guest as Providence College welcomes families to campus for Freshman Family Weekend on November 4-6.

The weekend, whose theme is Be Part of the Journey, will be comprised of more than two-dozen events, programs, and celebrations. These will range from athletic contests and theatrical productions, and parenting and career information sessions, to a music and dance concert and a discussion on personal faith.

Foer will address family members at least twice, including during the opening “President’s Welcome” program that will be led by College President Rev. Brian J. Shanley, O.P. ’80.

Foer is the author of Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2005), the novel chosen for the Freshman Common Reading Program that debuted this fall effective with the Class of 2015. The New York Times best-seller follows the journey of a precocious 9-year-old who attempts to come to terms with his father’s death in the 9/11 World Trade Center attack.

Foer’s novel has been produced for film and is due in theaters this January. It will star Sandra Bullock, Tom Hanks, John Goodman, and James Gandolfini.

Theatre production featured

Among the other featured weekend events will be the Department of Theatre, Dance and Film’s production of The Cripple of Inishmaan. The production will be staged on Friday and Saturday nights at 8:00 o’clock and Sunday at 2:00 p.m. in the Angell Blackfriars Theatre in the Smith Center for the Arts. 

Written by Martin McDonagh, The Cripple of Inishmaan centers on a Hollywood director who shows up to direct a film on one of the remote islands of Aran and a crippled inhabitant of the village of Inishmaan who wants to be a cast member. The production reveals village life in all its facets of humanity.

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