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‘Know-It-All’ Author to Speak at Susquehanna University

SELINSGROVE, Pa.—A.J. Jacobs, author of the New York Times best-seller “The Know-It-All: One Man’s Humble Quest to Become the Smartest Person in the World,” will deliver a lecture Sept. 3 at 7:30 p.m. in Susquehanna University’s Weber Chapel Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

Jacobs’ memoir traces the year he spent reading the entire Encyclopedia Britannica from A to Z— all 44 million words of it. The book spent 10 weeks on the New York Times best-seller list, was translated into 11 different languages, and was featured on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” and “Good Morning America.” Time magazine called it “hilarious and touching.” 

Jacobs is the editor-at-large and a feature writer at Esquire magazine and has written for The New York Times, New York Magazine and Entertainment Weekly, among other publications.  He has appeared on major cable news networks, as well as on “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” He was also an occasional correspondent for NPR’s Weekend Edition for two years, a senior editor at Entertainment Weekly and a staff writer for MTV’s animated show “Celebrity Deathmatch.”

Universal Studios has optioned his 2006 Esquire article, “My Outsourced Life,” for which Jacobs hired a team of assistants in Bangalore, India, to do everything for him, from answering his e-mails to reading bedtime stories to his son. His current book, “The Year of Living Biblically: One Man’s Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible,” is also a New York Times best-seller and has garnered rave reviews nationwide.

Founded in 1858, Susquehanna University is a national liberal arts college that prepares students for achievement, leadership and service in a diverse, interconnected world. Academic excellence, study away and service learning, student-faculty collaboration, and rich opportunities for creative and personal growth are hallmarks of a Susquehanna University education. Susquehanna students come from 30 states and 12 countries, and more than 90 percent of them find jobs or pursue graduate study within six months of graduation. The university is located in central Pennsylvania, in the town of Selinsgrove, along the banks of the scenic Susquehanna River and about three hours from major East Coast cultural, financial and recreational centers. For more information, visit www.susqu.edu.


Karen M. Jones

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