Unpacking the Book: Jewish Writers on the Front Lines
The Jewish Museum
1109 5th Ave
New York, NY 10128
A century ago, the notion of a Jewish warrior would have seemed a contradiction in terms. No longer. Come hear from two exceptional writers, who as soldiers in the American and Israeli armies, have witnessed — and translated for us — the absurdity, chaos and tragedy of modern warfare in the most volatile region in the world. Moderated by Bari Weiss.
Elliot Ackerman served five tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan and is the recipient of the Silver Star, the Bronze Star for Valor, and the Purple Heart. A former White House Fellow, his essays and fiction have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New Republic, and Ecotone, among others. Green on Blue is his debut novel. He currently lives in Istanbul and writes on the Syrian Civil War.
Matti Friedman’s second nonfiction book, Pumpkinflowers: A Soldier’s Story, will be published by Algonquin Books in May 2016. It tells the story of a group of young Israelis assigned to hold an isolated military outpost in Lebanon. His first book, The Aleppo Codex, won the 2014 Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish literature, the American Library Association’s Sophie Brody Medal, and the Canadian Jewish Book Award for history, and was selected as one of Booklist’s top ten religion books of the year. His writing has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Tablet, and elsewhere. He was born in Toronto and lives in Jerusalem.
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.