Unpacking the Book: Apostles and Apostates
The Jewish Museum
1109 5th Ave
New York, NY 10128
Hear from three authors with unorthodox perspectives on what it means to keep the faith — in God, in Judaism, with the Jewish people, and with oneself. Sometimes you need to go “off the derech” to find your real path. And sometimes…sometimes you get circumcised in your 40s. Moderated by Bari Weiss.
Shulem Deen is the author of All Who Go Do Not Return, a memoir about growing up in and then leaving the Hasidic Jewish world. His work has appeared in The New Republic, Salon, Tablet Magazine, and The Forward, among others, and in 2015 he was listed in the Forward 50, an annual list of American Jews with outsized roles on political and social issues. He serves as a board member at Footsteps, a New York City-based organization that offers assistance and support to those who have left the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Christopher Noxon is an author, journalist, and illustrator. He’s the author of the novel Plus One and Rejuvenile: Kickball, Cartoons, Cupcakes, and the Reinvention of the American Grown Up. He has written for The New Yorker, Details, The New York Times Magazine, Los Angeles Magazine, and Salon; his illustrations have been featured on The Undo List and in Unscrolled: Writers and Artists Wrestle with the Torah. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, television writer/producer Jenji Kohan, and their three children.
Sigal Samuel is an award-winning fiction writer, journalist, essayist, and playwright. Currently opinion editor at the Forward, she has also published work in the Daily Beast, the Rumpus, BuzzFeed, and Electric Literature. She has appeared on NPR, BBC, and Huffington Post Live. Her six plays have been produced in theaters from Vancouver to New York. Sigal earned her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia. Originally from Montreal, she now lives and writes in Brooklyn. The Mystics of Mile End is her first novel.
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.