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Esther Safran Foer in Conversation with Joshua Foer

Wednesday, July 22, 2020 at 7:00 pm

Join us for a conversation with former Sixth & I CEO, Esther Safran Foer and journalist and entrepreneur, Joshua Foer.  A discussion between mother and son about memory and family, centered around Foer's new memoir, I Want You to Know We’re Still Here, the poignant and deeply moving story of four generations living in the shadow of the Holocaust.

Ticket includes one copy of the book I Want You to Know We’re Still Here, with a signed bookplate, and access for one into the virtual discussion event on Zoom. Please note: after you purchase your ticket, you will receive a one time non-shareable link to the zoom conversation and instructions regarding curb-side book pickup. Books provided in partnership with the Ivy Bookshop - thank you for supporting local small business! 

About the Speakers
Esther Safran Foer was the CEO of Sixth & I, where she led the creation of what national media called “a new paradigm for Jewish life”.  In 2008 Esther was recognized as one of the “Forward 50” Jewish leaders and in 2015 she was named one of the most powerful women in Washington by Washingtonian Magazine. Esther spent most of her earlier professional life as a the public affairs consultant, including leading her own firm.  She is the daughter of Holocaust survivors, the wife of attorney and public interest advocate Bert Foer, and they are the parents of three sons (bestselling authors Frank, Jonathan, and Joshua Foer), and the grandparents of six. 

Journalist and entrepreneur Joshua Foer is the author of the international bestseller Moonwalking with Einstein, which has been published in 37 languages, and which was a finalist for the Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books. His writing has appeared in the New Yorker, National Geographic, the New York Times Magazine, Esquire, and other publications. He is the cofounder and chairman of Atlas Obscura, and the co-author of the #1 Amazon bestseller Atlas Obscura: An Explorer's Guide to the World's Hidden Wonders. He is the co-creator of the international design competition Sukkah City, and the co-founder and chairman of the Jewish digital library Sefaria. He has been named "One of Ten People Who Could Change the World" by the New Statesman and one of the "Forward 50." He was a 2013 Guggenheim Fellow. He lives in Brookline, MA with his wife and two children.

About the Book
The child of parents who were each the sole survivors of their respective families, for Esther Safran Foer, the Holocaust loomed in the backdrop of daily life, felt but never discussed. Even as an adult, Esther always felt herself searching. So when Esther’s mother casually mentions an astonishing revelation — that her father had a previous wife and daughter, both killed in the Holocaust — Esther resolves to find out who they were, and how her father survived. What she finds reshapes her identity and gives her the opportunity to finally mourn.

I Want You to Know We’re Still Here is the poignant and deeply moving story not only of Esther’s journey but of four generations living in the shadow of the Holocaust. They are four generations of survivors, storytellers, and memory keepers, determined not just to keep the past alive but to imbue the present with life and more life

“A beautiful exploration of collective memory and Jewish history.” — Nathan Englander

“Esther Safran Foer is a force of nature: a leader of the Jewish people, the matriarch of America’s leading literary family, an eloquent defender of the proposition that memory matters. And now, a riveting memoirist.” — Jeffrey Goldberg, editor in chief of The Atlantic