Unpack­ing the Book: Life — A Work in Progress

Thursday, March 26, 2020

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

Copre­sen­t­ed by Jew­ish Book Coun­cil, The Jew­ish Muse­um, and Tablet Magazine

Hear authors Josh Gondel­man and Rebec­ca Din­er­stein Knight in a con­ver­sa­tion with Stephanie But­nick, Tablet Magazine

Tick­ets: Free; Advance RSVP Required 

Actions and inten­tions — which mat­ter more? And what hap­pens when your best inten­tions have unin­tend­ed results? These ques­tions have long been debat­ed in Jew­ish text, and author and come­di­an Josh Gondel­man (Nice Try: Sto­ries of Best Inten­tions and Mixed Results, Harp­er Peren­ni­al) and author Rebec­ca Din­er­stein Knight (Hex, Viking) bring them to the present day. Togeth­er with Tablet Mag­a­zines Stephanie But­nick, they dis­cuss the fun­ny, the unnerv­ing, and the often quite seri­ous busi­ness of being human today, and how they explore the sub­ject in their writing.

The con­ver­sa­tion will be fol­lowed by a recep­tion, book sale, and sign­ing. Admis­sion to the event is free, and includes an oppor­tu­ni­ty to vis­it the Jew­ish Muse­um’s gal­leries on the day of the pro­gram. Advance RSVP is required; how­ev­er, ear­ly arrival is sug­gest­ed as space is lim­it­ed, and entry is not guaranteed.

Josh Gondel­man is the author of Nice Try: Sto­ries of Best Inten­tions and Mixed Results and a come­di­an and writer who has earned two Peabody Awards, three Emmys, and two WGA Awards for his work on Last Week Tonight with John Oliv­er on HBO. He is cur­rent­ly a writer/​producer for Desus & Mero on Show­time. In the past, Josh has writ­ten for Bil­ly on the Street. His writ­ing has also appeared in the New York Times, New York mag­a­zine, and the New York­er. He lives in New York City with his wife and pug.

Rebec­ca Din­er­stein Knight is the author of the nov­el Hex, the nov­el and screen­play The Sun­lit Night, and a col­lec­tion of poems, Lofoten. Her non­fic­tion has appeared in The New York Times and The New York­er online, among oth­ers. Born and raised in New York City, she lives in New Hampshire.

Stephanie But­nick is deputy edi­tor of Tablet Mag­a­zine and a host of the Unortho­dox pod­cast. She is the author, along with her co-hosts, of The Newish Jew­ish Ency­clo­pe­dia: From Abra­ham to Zabar’s and Every­thing in Between. She has writ­ten for The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.

Cop­re­sent­ed by Jew­ish Book Coun­cil, The Jew­ish Muse­um, and Tablet Mag­a­zine