Unpack­ing the Book: The Art of Understanding

Thursday, February 21, 2019

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

In their new mem­oirs, Nora Krug and Ayelet Tsabari both tack­le larg­er issues of nation­al­i­ty, iden­ti­ty, and her­itage. Grow­ing up, both felt that there was a stig­ma con­nect­ed to their respec­tive back­grounds. As adults, both moved away from your coun­tries of birth. But, as their mem­oirs dis­cuss, ulti­mate­ly Krug and Tsabari delve back into fam­i­ly his­to­ry and recon­nect with fam­i­ly mem­bers — and in doing so, come to bet­ter under­stand the nuances of their back­grounds and her­itages. Mod­er­at­ed by Stephanie But­nick, deputy edi­tor of Tablet Mag­a­zine and a host of Unortho­dox,” its week­ly podcast.

Nora Krug is a Ger­man Amer­i­can author and illus­tra­tor whose draw­ings and visu­al nar­ra­tives have appeared in pub­li­ca­tions includ­ing The New York Times, The Guardian, Le Monde diplo­ma­tique, and A Pub­lic Space, and in antholo­gies pub­lished by Houghton Mif­flin Har­court, Simon and Schus­ter, and Chron­i­cle Books. Her visu­al mem­oir Belong­ing: A Ger­man Reck­ons with His­to­ry and Home (for­eign edi­tion title Heimat), about WWII and her own Ger­man fam­i­ly his­to­ry, was cho­sen as a New York Times Crit­ics’ Top Books of 2018, as one of The Guardians 50 Biggest Books of Autumn 2018 and Best Books of 2018, as an NPR Book of the Year 2018, as one of Kirkus Reviews’ Best Mem­oirs of 2018, and as one of Time Mag­a­zines 8 Must-Read Books you May Have Missed in 2018. Krug is an asso­ciate pro­fes­sor in the Illus­tra­tion Pro­gram at the Par­sons School of Design in New York City.

Ayelet Tsabar­i’s debut sto­ry col­lec­tion, The Best Place on Earth, won Jew­ish Book Council’s Sami Rohr Prize for Jew­ish Lit­er­a­ture and the Edward Lewis Wal­lant Award. The book was a New York Times Book Review Edi­tors’ Choice and was a Kirkus Reviews Best Book, was nom­i­nat­ed for the Frank O’Connor Inter­na­tion­al Short Sto­ry Award, and has been pub­lished inter­na­tion­al­ly. Excerpts from The Art of Leav­ing have won a Nation­al Mag­a­zine Award, a West­ern Mag­a­zine Award and an Edna Stae­bler Award. She is the recip­i­ent of a Chalmers Arts Fel­low­ship and a grad­u­ate of both the Writer’s Stu­dio at Simon Fras­er Uni­ver­si­ty and the MFA Pro­gram in Cre­ative Writ­ing at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Guelph. Tsabari teach­es cre­ative writ­ing at the Uni­ver­si­ty of King’s Col­lege MFA in Cre­ative Non­fic­tion, at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Tel Aviv, and the Uni­ver­si­ty of Toronto’s School of Con­tin­u­ing Education.

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 (see free tick­et links below each event).