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