Unpack­ing the Book: A Grand Debut

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

The Jew­ish Museum
1109 5th Ave
New York, NY 10128

Pro­gram Co-Spon­sors: The David Berg Foun­da­tion, Nation­al Book Foun­da­tion, and Elec­tric Literature

Media Spon­sor: Tablet Magazine

Each of these authors have recent­ly pub­lished either their first col­lec­tion of short sto­ries or full-length nov­el. We’ll sit down with them to talk about their books, how their Jew­ish­ness” influ­ences and impacts upon their writ­ing, expe­ri­ences on the road, their inspi­ra­tions, and where they see the action going next. Are there any sim­i­lar­i­ties or trends among their works or are they writ­ing from com­plete­ly dif­fer­ent per­spec­tives? We’re going to find out. Mod­er­at­ed by Bari Weiss.

Mol­ly Antopols debut sto­ry col­lec­tion, The UnAmer­i­cans, was pub­lished here by W.W. Nor­ton in 2014, and in six oth­er coun­tries. She teach­es cre­ative writ­ing at Stan­ford Uni­ver­si­ty, where she was a recent Wal­lace Steg­n­er Fel­low. A recip­i­ent of the Nation­al Book Foun­da­tion’s 5 Under 35 award and longlist­ed for the Nation­al Book Award, she holds an MFA from Colum­bia Uni­ver­si­ty and lives in San Francisco.

Alex­is Lan­dau grad­u­at­ed from Vas­sar Col­lege and received her MFA from Emer­son Col­lege. She is pur­su­ing her Ph.D. in Eng­lish Lit­er­a­ture and Cre­ative Writ­ing at the Uni­ver­si­ty of South­ern Cal­i­for­nia, cur­rent­ly fin­ish­ing a the­sis about Irène Némirovsky. The Empire of the Sens­es (Pan­theon) is her first nov­el; her short sto­ries have appeared in jour­nals such as LA CityZine and Amor Fati. Orig­i­nal­ly from Los Ange­les, Alex­is lives with her hus­band and two chil­dren in San­ta Monica.

Daniel Tor­day is the Direc­tor of Cre­ative Writ­ing at Bryn Mawr Col­lege. An author and for­mer edi­tor at Esquire mag­a­zine, Tor­day cur­rent­ly serves as an edi­tor at The Keny­on Review. The Last Flight of Poxl West (St. Mar­t­in’s Press) is his first nov­el. His short sto­ries and essays have appeared inEsquire, Glim­mer Train, Harp­er Perennial’s Fifty-Two Sto­ries, Har­vard Review, The New York Times and The Keny­on Review. Torday’s novel­la, The Sen­su­al­ist, won the 2012 Nation­al Jew­ish Book Award for debut fiction.

Host­ed at the Jew­ish Muse­um in New York City (1109 5th Avenue), Unpack­ing the Book: Jew­ish Writ­ers in Con­ver­sa­tion brings togeth­er some of the finest writ­ers of the day for con­ver­sa­tions around con­tem­po­rary Jew­ish life and iden­ti­ty. This event is FREE with pay-what-you-want admis­sion and includes wine and refresh­ments, a book sale and sign­ing, and the oppor­tu­ni­ty to vis­it the Jew­ish Muse­um gal­leries on the day of the pro­gram; how­ev­er, space is lim­it­ed and guests must reg­is­ter in advance.