Monday, May 11th, 7:30 PM (Note the half-hour later start time)
Ramon and Judith Sender and the Noe Valley Ministry,
our co-sponsors, invite you to a reading by:
Manfred Wolf will read from his most recent book, Almost a Foreign Country, a
collection of columns, articles and aphorisms, which answer questions such as
Is it time to negotiate with bin Laden? Is lying about sex ever -- or perhaps often -- a good idea?
To what extent do religion and culture shape the ways in which we communicate? What is the
mysterious syndrome called CHOIS, with which many long-time pessimists suddenly find
In the grand tradition of Harry Golden, Adam Gopnik, and other opinionated observers of modern
culture, Professor Wolf brings his unique perspective to bear on a broad range of aspects
characterizing our current reality and the way we live now. From love and the relationships between
men and women to time and aging, from current political and social issues to the ever-changing
face of language, the author tackles them all, often combining humor with a sharp, somber
perception of the issues that concern us all. His point of view is always unflinching, original, and unapologetic.
Manfred Wolf's fascinating life story makes him uniquely qualified to comment on both domestic and foreign
affairs. Reared in the Netherlands, Wolf, along with his family, fled Europe in a daring escape from
encroaching Nazi forces, and spent his childhood and adolescence on the Caribbean island of Curacao
in the West Indies. Arriving in the U.S. at the age of seventeen, he went on to graduate from Brandeis
University and to teach at such prestigious institutions as Berkeley and San Francisco State University.
He is a translator and freelance writer whose work has appeared in numerous European and American
publications. He is also a world traveler who has spent time in several very different cultures, always returning
to his long-time residence inthe Bay Area, where he .is a prominent member of the lterary community and a l
long-time contributor to many international, national and local publications.