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Dara Horn


Travels from Northern New Jersey

Availability: Contact JNF Speakers Bureau for availability or contact the speaker directly.



Media and Current Events, Academic Perspectives on Israel and Jewish History


Dara Horn was born in New Jersey in 1977 and received her Ph.D. in comparative literature from Harvard University in 2006, studying Hebrew and Yiddish.  In 2007 Dara Horn was chosen by Granta magazine as one of the Best Young American Novelists.  Her first novel, In the Image, published by W.W. Norton when she was 25, received a 2003 National Jewish Book Award, the 2002 Edward Lewis Wallant Award, and the 2003 Reform Judaism Fiction Prize. Her second novel, The World to Come, published by W.W. Norton in January 2006, received the 2006 National Jewish Book Award for Fiction, the 2007 Harold U. Ribalow Prize, was selected as an Editors' Choice in The New York Times Book Review and as one of the Best Books of 2006 by The San Francisco Chronicle, and has been translated into eleven languages.  She has taught courses in Jewish literature and Israeli history at Harvard and at Sarah Lawrence College, and has lectured at universities and cultural institutions throughout the United States and Canada.  Her most recent novel, All Other Nights, published in April 2009 by W.W. Norton, was selected as an Editors' Choice in the New York Times Book Review.  She lives with her husband and children in New Jersey.

Download a prepared introduction for Dara Horn dara-horn.doc

Popular Speeches:

  • On Being a Jewish Novelist
  • A Guide for the Perplexed (on new novel about software platforms, the Egyptian revolution, and the Cairo Geniza)
  • All Other Nights (on novel about Jewish Civil War Spies)
  • The World to Come (on novel about Yiddish writers, Chagall, and the Revival of the Dead)

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