Virtual Unpacking the Book: Life — A Work in Progress
Copresented by Jewish Book Council, The Jewish Museum, and Tablet Magazine
Authors Josh Gondelman and Rebecca Dinerstein Knight in a conversation with Stephanie Butnick, Tablet Magazine
**Unpacking the Book series is moving virtual (full details below)! We hope you can join us at our originally scheduled time (Thursday, March 26 at 7PM EST) for a Zoom conversation with Josh Gondelman (Nice Try: Stories of Best Intentions and Mixed Results, Harper Perennial) and author Rebecca Dinerstein Knight (Hex, Viking) together with Tablet Magazine’s Stephanie Butnick.**
You can join us from anywhere, no video/microphone necessary (video of you will not be visible to others). This is a great chance for those outside New York City attend an Unpacking the Book event! If you can’t join us, we will try to make a recording available for you soon.
During the talk, feel free to post photos on social media of yourself with either (or both!) of the books and/or book-inspired drink (see below) and tag @jewishbookcouncil, @thejewishmuseum, and @tabletmag so we can share your photos!
We encourage you to purchase the books from each book’s page on JBC’s website (links above and below), your local indie bookstore, or another third party. Each author has shared a drink recipe inspired by their book for you to make and drink along with the conversation:
Nice Try Cocktail
The Citrus Sanitizer
2 parts grapefruit seltzer
1 part cranberry juice
Squeeze of fresh lime + lime garnish on glass
On the rocks
Join the Conversation (Details)!
- Zoom info: You are invited to a Zoom webinar.
When: Mar 26, 2020 06:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Topic: Unpacking the Book: Life — A Work in Progress
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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 Magazine’s 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.
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.