Everything Is Illuminated at Stuart

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I was coloring with my niece the other day, a full-size outline of her body that I had traced with a giant marker onto three taped-together sheets of a fantastic, giant Crayola Drawing Pad (sidebar: the pad is perfect for all kinds of creating and covers a large enough area so that your little Van Goghs won’t color across your brand-new hardwood floors). We were filling in her hair , which she was forced to make longer due to an ill-advised eye-patch she had drawn in earlier, and I was asking her about school. In a matter-of-fact tone oddly befitting her six years, she said she wasn’t all that excited about wearing a uniform (the girl likes to express herself through fashion), but she liked school a ton because they always did fun stuff.

So, it came as no surprise when I discovered that indeed her school was fun and oh-so hip, to boot: This Friday, January 29, Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart will be hosting bestselling author Jonathan Safran Foer as part of its Second Annual Lies, Light, McCarthy Visiting Author Program.

Yes, you heard me: Jonathan Safran Foer (or, “JSF” as I like to call him). He of the literary hit Everything Is Illuminated and most recently Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close and the nonfiction work Eating Animals. For all of you contemporary literature fans out there, this unexpected treat is the equivalent of finding a huge wad of money in the pocket of last winter’s parka.

While at the school, JSF will meet with students of all ages to share his expertise on the craft of writing and read with the kids. The good news for those of us who don’t have children at the school is JSF will hold a reading of selected works that is open to the public and totally free of charge. For more information on the Jonathan Safran Foer reading, the Lies, Light, and McCarthy Visiting Author Program, and Stuart Country Day School, visit stuartschool.org.

As for my niece, I think she should consider bringing an extra sandwich to school on Friday just in case JSF is a fan of peanut butter and jelly.

Jennifer Henderson is the editor of Princeton Scoop online and a freelance writer who has worked for several magazines, including Vanity Fair, Talk, W, and New Jersey Life. She lives in Princeton with her husband, daughter, and chocolate Labrador. She welcomes any inside scoop on what to do and see in the area. E-mail her at jphscoop@gmail.com.


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