For those of you who don't know, Foer is the best-selling author of 'Everything is Illuminated' and 'Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close' which I read at the start of the year. I found the Library to be very big and welcoming, and I went up to the top floor for the talk. First welcomed by the Major, then by Foer himself and his talk was fascinating. Given his own personal history which comes out in the books, he talked of his Jewish faith and an encounter with poet Yehuda Amichai for when he was my age, and how change affected him when going to College and it was great to relate to.
Next came a Q&A session (obviously I was too nervous to ask a question...) then the signing when I finally met him! We talked about England and how I also make a fool of myself in front of important people to which he replied, 'how about you don't think of me as an important person, but as a writer?' and we both smiled.
Cue me almost collapsing. The city was gorgeous as ever, and if you can spare an hour or so next time you're in Houston then do pop into the Public Library; it's so extensive and a total heaven for any Bibliophile such as me.
|My gap year is just me standing in front of/by stuff - today's highlight is by one of the Houston Publioc Library buildings which was very, very beautiful.|
|Inside the talk.|
|Jonathan Safran Foer!|
|Walking around the city.|
|Houston - we have no problems.|