Incognito: Writers and their Aliases
With Bernardo Atxaga, Alina Bronsky, and Randa Jarrar; moderated by Arnon Grunberg.
People use aliases to hide their true identity—its a way to remain anonymous and out of the spotlight. But in an age when being a celebrity is considered a goal in and of itself, why would an author want to mask his or her identity by writing under an alias? Alina Bronsky from Germany is not who she says she is. Bernardo Atxaga is also a nom de plume, while Randa Jarrar chose to write a ﬁctional account of a life that very much resembles her own. Some of Arnon Grunbergs books were written in the name of Marek van der Jagt. Together they will discuss identity and truth and might even reveal how they settled on their own particular pseudonym.