Enjoy insights of best-selling author, media critic Jonathan Tropper Feb. 2 at EMU Student Center

by Pamela Young, Published January 24, 2011

Enjoy an evening of laughter, combined with a touch of love and loss, as New York Times best-selling author and screenwriter Jonathan Tropper comes to Eastern Michigan University, Wednesday, Feb. 2.

 The free program, which is open to the public, begins at 7:30 p.m. in Ballroom B, Student Center, followed by a book signing.  The Student Center is located at 900 Oakwood, in Ypsilanti.

 Tropper will speak about his best-selling book, "This is Where I Leave You," one of the best novels 2009, according to Amazon.com, National Public Radio, The Los Angeles Times, Entertainment Weekly and The Washington Post. 

 The book features a dysfunctional Jewish-American family that gathers for its patriarch's funeral and the touching and funny interactions that mark their shiva, the weeklong period of mourning. Tropper, known for his serious yet hilarious characters,  says his goals are to move his audience while also making them laugh.

 Washington Post critic Carolyn See calls his book, "A beautiful novel of men, their lust, their rage and sweetness."

 Tropper, 40, of New York, also will talk about his leap from author to screenwriter, and his work on the adaptation of comedian Steve Martin's novel, "The Pleasure of My Company," for 20th Century Fox, along with his adaptation of  "Harvey," a 1950 film about a man whose best friend is a large invisible rabbit, directed by Steven Spielberg.

 "In Tropper's work, the American Jewish experience is not a subject," said Jessica Alexander, associate professor, communications, media and theatre arts.

"The American Jewish experience is embedded in the every day dialogue and happenings of his characters. He is a popular fiction writer, but also is one of those authors who are on the cusp of significant national notoriety."

 In addition to his current book, Tropper also has written, "How to Talk to a Widower," "Everything Changes," and "The Book of Job."

 The lecture is part of an ongoing Jewish lecture series that also features a new Jewish Education First History Gallery in the EMU Student Center.

 For more information, contact Martin Shichtman, professor of history and philosophy, at martin.shichtman@emich.edu

 The lecture is sponsored by EMU's Division of Academic Affairs, the College of Arts and Sciences, and Hillel at EMU.


Pamela Young

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