Vir­tu­al Unpack­ing the Book: Life — A Work in Progress 

Thursday, March 26, 2020


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

Find a video of this pro­gram here.

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

Dirty Vod­ka Quarantini

Hex Mock­tail

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:

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    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 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.

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