Unpacking the Book: The Art of Understanding
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 Guardian’s 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 Magazine’s 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).