Individual Author Record
Name: Todd Hasak-LowyPen Name: None Genre: Fiction Born: in Detroit, Michigan Sites:
Illinois ConnectionHasak-Lowy moved to Evanston, Illinois in 2010 and resides there still today.
Biographical and Professional InformationTodd Hasak-Lowy has a PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of California, Berkley. For eight years, he was a professor of Hebrew Language and Literature at the University of Florida. During that time, he published scholarly articles and the book, Here and Now: History, Nationalism, and Realism in Modern Hebrew Fiction. He has also translated the books, A Possibility of Violence: An Inspector Avraham Novel written by D. A. Mishani, Motti written by Asaf Schurr, and Netanya written by Dror Burstein. Since moving to Chicago, Hasak-Lowy has turned to writing full-time and has taught various creative writing courses at different institutions including the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Northwestern University and the University of Illinois - Chicago. While his first books were written more for an adult audience, he has since moved into writing books geared more toward young readers. Along with his books listed below, he also co-authored the ebook, Sh'ma: The Many Faces of Translation, with Joel Hecker. In 2015, he contributed to the book, Somewhere There Is Still a Sun: A Memoir of the Holocaust, written by Michael Gruenbaum.
- The Task of This Translator, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2005
- Here and Now: History, Nationalism, and Realism in Modern Hebrew Fiction, Syracuse University Press, 2008
- Captives, Spiegel & Grau, 2008
- 33 Minutes, Aladdin, 2013
- Me Being Me Is Exactly as Insane as You Being You, Simon Pulse, 2015
Titles At Your Library
The Task of This Translator
ISBN: 0156031124 Mariner Books. 2005
Stylistically daring, morally perplexing, and outrageously funny, Todd Hasak-Lowy's The Task of This Translator marks the debut of a writer of extraordinary talent. In these seven stories, Hasak-Lowy captures the absurdity that often arises when very personal crises intersect with global issues such as ethnic violence, obesity, and the media.
A journalist sets out to write an investigative piece on a dieting company that uses bodyguards to protect overeaters from themselves but loses his bearings when he becomes a client and is paired up with a bodyguard of his own. In the coffee shop of Israel's Holocaust memorial museum, a stale pastry triggers a brawl between an American tourist and the Israeli cashier. A man misplaces his wallet shortly before a nuclear exchange between India and Pakistan. An unwilling and mostly unqualified slacker finds himself cast into the role of translator for the bitter reunion of a family torn apart years earlier by unspecified brutality.
A standout story collection, The Task of This Translator is funny, intricate, and deeply human.
Here and Now: History, Nationalism, and Realism in Modern Hebrew Fiction (Judaic Traditions in Literature, Music, and Art)
ISBN: 081563157X Syracuse University Press. 2008 The emergence of Zionism in the late nineteenth-century
and the evolution of Zionist society in Palestine
were profoundly influenced by the Hebrew literature
of the day. As Todd Hasak-Lowy cogently argues in this
book, Hebrew authors wrote with the belief that accurately
representing Jewish society-including its history-
in their texts would both record the past and
establish its future course.
Hasak-Lowy traces the tensions between the
extraliterary-the historical, social, and political-and
the literary-the aesthetic, formal, and stylistic-in
Hebrew fiction. Focusing on canonical Hebrew texts by
S.Y. Abramovitz,Y. H. Brenner, S.Y. Agnon, and S.Yizhar,
the author establishes how their works and the works
of other Jewish authors served as the intellectual and
political leadership to the not yet fully amalgamated
ISBN: 038552773X Spiegel & Grau. 2008
Daniel Bloom will either fix our broken world in his imagination or destroy his real life trying.
A sniper is taking down suits and politicians—in Daniel Bloom’s head.
33 Minutes (MAX)
ISBN: 1442445009 Aladdin. 2013 This school-based boy friendship story is “funny, fast-paced, and quite poignant” (R. J. Palacio, author of Wonder).
Sam Lewis is going to get his butt kicked in exactly thirty-three minutes. He knows this because yesterday his former best friend Morgan Sturtz told him, to his face and with three witnesses nearby, “I am totally going to kick your butt tomorrow at recess.”
All that’s standing between Sam and this unfortunate butt-kicking is the last few minutes of social studies and his lunch period. But how did Sam and Morgan end up here? How did this happen just a few months after TAMADE (The Absolutely Most Amazing Day Ever), when they became the greatest Alien Wars video game team in the history of great Alien Wars teams? And once the clock ticks down, will Morgan actually act on his threat?
Told with equal parts laugh-out-loud humor and achingly real emotional truth, 33 Minutes shows how even the best of friendships can change forever.
Me Being Me Is Exactly as Insane as You Being You
ISBN: 1442495731 Simon Pulse. 2015 A heartfelt, humorous story of a teen boy’s impulsive road trip after the shock of his lifetime—told entirely in lists!
Darren hasn’t had an easy year.
There was his parents’ divorce, which just so happened to come at the same time his older brother Nate left for college and his longtime best friend moved away. And of course there’s the whole not having a girlfriend thing.
Then one Thursday morning Darren’s dad shows up at his house at 6 a.m. with a glazed chocolate doughnut and a revelation that turns Darren’s world inside out. In full freakout mode, Darren, in a totally un-Darren move, ditches school to go visit Nate. Barely twenty-four hours at Nate’s school makes everything much better or much worse—Darren has no idea. It might somehow be both. All he knows for sure is that in addition to trying to figure out why none of his family members are who they used to be, he’s now obsessed with a strangely amazing girl who showed up out of nowhere but then totally disappeared.
Told entirely in lists, Todd Hasak-Lowy’s debut YA novel perfectly captures why having anything to do with anyone, including yourself, is:
3. ridiculously complicated
4. possibly, hopefully the right thing after all.