Unpacking the Book: Life — A Work in Progress
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 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.
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.