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Nick Kotz: Thursday, February 5The Harness Makers Dream, Marvin Center Ampitheater 7:00 – 8:30 PM
As a reporter for the Washington Post and the Des Moines Register, and in six pathbreaking books, Nick Kotz won the Pulitzer Prize for national reporting, the National Magazine Award, two Robert F. Kennedy Awards, and eight other renowned prizes. A Marine Corps veteran, educated at Dartmouth College and the London School of Economics, Kotz and his wife, author Mary Lynn Kotz, live on a cattle farm in Broad Run, Virginia.
Jean Korelitz: Tuesday, March 3 Admission Marvin Center Room 301 7:00 – 8:30 PM
Born and raised in New York City and educated at Dartmouth College and Clare College, Cambridge, she lives in New York City with her husband, Irish poet Paul Muldoon, and their children. In 2013, her novel Admission was turned into a romantic comedy-drama film directed by Paul Weitz and starring Tina Fey and Paul Rudd.
Tom Beller: Thursday, March 26 Nine Stories (author J.D. Salinger). Marvin Center Ampitheater 7:00 – 8:30 PM
Thomas Beller is the author of J.D. Salinger: The Escape Artist. He is a frequent contributor to The New Yorker’s Culture Desk, has edited numerous anthologies including two drawn from his website, Mr. Beller’s Neighborhood, and was a cofounder of the literary journal Open City. See more at:
Michelle Brafman: Thursday, April 9 Washing the Dead Marvin Center Ampitheater 7:00 – 8:30 PM
As the author or her debut novel, Washing the Dead, Michelle Brafman’s short fiction has also recieved special mention in the Pushcart Prize Anthology, and she has written essays and stories appearing in Slate, The Washington Post, Tablet, Lilith Magazine, the minnesota review, and numerous other publications. She is currently working on a third book of fiction, a novel titled Status Change. See more at:
Gary Shteyngart: Thursday, April 23 Little Failure Jack Morton Auditorium 7:00 – 8:30 PM
Gary Shteyngart was born in Leningrad in 1972 and came to the United States seven years later. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, Travel + Leisure, Esquire, GQ, The New York Times Magazine, and many other publications and has been translated into twenty-six languages. Shteyngart lives in New York City and upstate New York. See more at:
Jewish Literature Live was established by David Bruce Smith, BA ’79, a member of GW’s Board of Trustees and an alumnus of the English Department. All events are FREE and open to the public and take place in the GW Marvin Center.
Jewish Literature Live 2014
Dara Horn was born in New Jersey in 1977 and received her Ph.D. in comparative literature from Harvard University in 2006, studying Hebrew and Yiddish. In 2007 she was chosen by Granta magazine as one of America’s Best Young American Novelists. Her first novel, In the Image, published by W.W. Norton when she was 25, received a 2003 National Jewish Book Award, the 2002 Edward Lewis Wallant Award, and the 2003 Reform Judaism Fiction Prize. Her second novel, The World to Come, published by W.W. Norton in 2006, received the 2006 National Jewish Book Award for Fiction, the 2007 Harold U. Ribalow Prize, was selected as an Editors’ Choice in The New York Times Book Review and as one of the Best Books of 2006 by The San Francisco Chronicle, and has been translated into eleven languages. Her third novel, All Other Nights, published in 2009 by W.W. Norton, was selected as an Editors’ Choice in The New York Times Book Review and was one of Booklist’s 25 Best Books of the Decade. In 2012, her nonfiction e-book The Rescuer was published by Tablet magazine and became a Kindle bestseller. Her newest novel, A Guide for the Perplexed, was published by W.W. Norton in September 2013. She has taught courses in Jewish literature and Israeli history at Harvard, Sarah Lawrence College, and City University of New York, and has lectured at over two hundred universities and cultural institutions throughout North America and in Israel. She lives in New Jersey with her husband and four children.
Anouk Markovitz – I am Forbidden Feb. 13; MC Amphitheater; 7:00 PM
Helene Wecker – The Golem and the Jinni – Feb. 27; MC Amphitheater; 7:00 PM
Claudia Roth Pierpont – Roth Unbound – March 20; MC Amphitheater; 7:00 PM
Jewish Literature Live 2013
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Bel Kaufman Next Speaker at Jewish Literature Live!
On Tuesday & Wednesday April 24 & 25 esteemed author and professor Bel Kaufman, author of “Up the Down Staircase,” will be the guest speaker for the 2012 Jewish Literature Live! at George Washington University. The event is part of the Sholem Aleichem Festival and will be held at the MC Amphitheater (April 24th), MPA Room B07 (April 25th). Both events begin at 7pm.
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