Unpacking the Book: Women of the Book
Program Co-Sponsors: The David Berg Foundation, National Book Foundation, and Jewish Women’s Archive
Media Sponsor: Tablet Magazine
This panel features Jewish women who have contributed greatly to the Jewish literary community. They will discuss what it’s meant to be a female Jewish writer over the past several decades — how have things changed and how have things remained the same? They will also discuss their most recent works, what they tackle in their own writing, and what issues they think will emerge in the (near) future. What’s next? Moderated by Bari Weiss.
Elisa Albert is the author of After Birth (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015), The Book of Dahlia (2008), How This Night is Different (2006), and the editor of the anthology Freud’s Blind Spot (2010). Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Tin House, Post Road, Gulf Coast, Commentary, Salon, Tablet, Los Angeles Review of Books, The Believer, The Rumpus, Time Magazine, on NPR, and in many anthologies.
Anita Diamant is the bestselling author of the novels The Red Tent, Good Harbor, The Last Days of Dogtown, Day After Night, and Boston Girl(Scribner) and the collection of essays, Pitching My Tent. An award-winning journalist whose work has appeared in The Boston Globe Magazineand Parenting, she is the author of six nonfiction guides to contemporary Jewish life. She lives in Massachusetts.
Ruth Andrew Ellenson is a journalist whose work has appeared in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, People, Huffington Post, The Forward and many other publications. She received the National Jewish Book Award for editing the best selling anthology The Modern Jewish Girl’s Guide to Guilt. Ellenson recently collaborated on editorial projects, including a forthcoming book, with late philanthropist Edgar M. Bronfman, and is currently working on a book with philanthropist Michael Steinhardt. She received her MFA from Columbia University.
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.