Recent Projects

The new collection of stories, What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank, is now available in stores. iBookstore | IndieBound | Amazon | Powell's | Barnes & Noble

For the past three years, Nathan has been working on an original translation of the Haggadah. The New American Haggadah, edited by Jonathan Safran Foer, will be published in March by Little Brown. IndieBound | Amazon | Powell's | Barnes & Noble

Nathan's play The Twenty-Seventh Man produced by the Public Theater, will premiere in November 2012.

Various & Sundry


The Moth at World Science Festival 2008


Big Think: Process


Big Think: Write What You Know


Poets & Writers

I had the opportunity to read my story "The Reader" for the audiobook of What We Talk About. This is a conversation we had in the studio after the recording.


Electric Literature

When the fine folk at Electric Literature publish a story, they commission a short animation inspired by a single sentence. This one is based on a line from "The Reader" which will appear in Electric Literature #6. It was animated by the amazing Drew Christie.


Englander's First Crack Coffee for McSweeney's #38

This is a video that was made to go along with this crazy idea to include a coupon in McSweeney's #38 for a pound of coffee home roasted by me.

Englander's First Crack Coffee from William Hereford on Vimeo.



The Millions

The Millions does a books-of-the-year wrap-up and lets the writer choose any year. I went with 1933.



The Big Story

This past summer, I had the pleasure of taking part in a New Yorker event with Jennifer Egan, and Karen Russell, and moderated by fiction editor Deborah Treisman. The video is now on the internets. We're at Joe's Pub at the Public Theater in New York, if you're wondering.


Tony Kushner Interview

I wanted to know what Tony Kushner really thought about Israel. So I interviewed him. It was for the "Writers" edition of Haaretz. Once a year, in honor of book week, the newspaper sends home its reporters and asks fiction writers to compose the paper.


Nathan Englander and Zadie Smith in Conversation to Benefit Matawi and the Dadaab Young Women’s Scholarship Initiative


From an interview announcing the event with AM New York.

There are 300,000 people in the Dadaab refugee camps, and out of those 300,000 people, maybe two-dozen young women graduate high school a year. Only a couple of those students get to go to college. That Matawi wants to make sure every one of those girls gets to continue her education is really moving to me.

The rest of the interview is here. More about the evening from Guest of a Guest and Laurie Sandell. Watch the talk at Guernica Magazine.