Unpack­ing the Book: What We Talk About When We Talk About Loss

Thursday, March 28, 2019

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

In their lat­est works Nathan Eng­lan­der and Rebec­ca Sof­fer explore Jew­ish rit­u­al, loss, tech­nol­o­gy, and how we mourn. Mod­er­at­ed by Stephanie But­nick, deputy edi­tor of Tablet Mag­a­zine and a host of Unortho­dox,” its week­ly podcast.

Nathan Eng­lan­der is the author of the nov­els Kad​dish​.com, Din­ner at the Cen­ter of the Earth and The Min­istry of Spe­cial Cas­es, and the sto­ry col­lec­tions For the Relief of Unbear­able Urges and What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank, win­ner of the Frank O’Connor Inter­na­tion­al Short Sto­ry Award and final­ist for the Pulitzer Prize. His short fic­tion has been wide­ly anthol­o­gized, most recent­ly in 100 Years of the Best Amer­i­can Short Sto­ries. His play The Twen­ty-Sev­enth Man pre­miered at The Pub­lic The­ater in 2012. He also trans­lat­ed the New Amer­i­can Hag­gadah and co-trans­lat­ed Etgar Keret’s Sud­den­ly a Knock on the Door. He is Dis­tin­guished Writer-in-Res­i­dence at New York Uni­ver­si­ty and lives in Brook­lyn, New York, with his wife and daughter.

Rebec­ca Sof­fer is cofounder and CEO of Mod­ern Loss and coau­thor of the book Mod­ern Loss: Can­did Con­ver­sa­tion About Grief. Begin­ners Wel­come, which debuted as a #1 new release on Ama­zon. She is a for­mer pro­duc­er for The Col­bert Report, and helped man­age Reboot’s inter­na­tion­al net­work. She has spo­ken nation­al­ly on loss and resilience at Chica­go Ideas Week, HBO, Ama­zon, and Kri­palu, and her writ­ing has appeared in The New York Times, Marie Claire, Health and Refinery29. Rebec­ca is a Colum­bia Uni­ver­si­ty Grad­u­ate School of Jour­nal­ism alum­na and lives in Man­hat­tan with her hus­band and two children.

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.