Jewish Literature Live! 2009 – 2018

Jewish Literature Live 2018
Final Semester

Shulem Deen

Owen LewisPoet and Psychoanalyst

Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018

Marvin Center 405

Shulem DeenAll Who Go Do Not Return

A memoir about being ousted from an ultra-Orthodox life and the consequences

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Marvin Center Amphitheater

Daniel Torday

Daniel TordayThe Last Flight of Poxyl West, A Novel

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Marvin Center Amphitheater

Faye Moskowitz

Faye MoskowitzA Leak in the Heart

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Marvin Center Amphitheater

Serena Dykman

Serena DykmanNana

A documentary film on the Holocaust

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Marvin Center 309

Susan Faludi

Susan FaludiIn the Darkroom

A memoir about Faludi's Holocaust survivor-father who had a sex change in his eighties

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Marvin Center Amphitheater


Jewish Literature Live 2017

Ariel SabarMy Father’s Paradise: A Son’s Search for his Jewish Past in Kurdish Iraq

Marvin Center Amphitheater

Elizabeth PolinerAuthor of As Close to Us as Breathing

Marvin Center Amphitheater

Etgar KeretAuthor of The Bus Driver Who Wanted to be God

March 9, 2017

Marvin Center Room 308

Sam Lipsyte

Sam LipsyteAuthor of The Fun Parts

Marvin Center Room 308


Geraldine BrooksAuthor of People of the Book

Marvin Center Room 308


Faye MoskowitzAuthor of And the Bridge is Love

Marvin Center Amphitheater





Jewish Literature Live 2016

Annabelle Gurwich

Annabelle GurwichTV star, actor and humorist, Author of I See You Made an Effort

January 21, 2016

Marvin Center 301



Peter SlevinJournalist, Author of Michelle Obama: A Life

February 4, 2016

Marvin Center 301

Aryeh Lev Stollman

Aryeh Lev StollmanAuthor of The Far Euphrates

February 18, 2016

Marvin Center 301

Judith Viorst

Judith ViorstAuthor of Necessary Losses

March 3, 2016

Marvin Center 307


Mary MorrisAuthor of The Jazz Palace

March 24, 2016

Marvin Center 301

Molly AntapolAuthor of the award winning The UnAmericans

April 7, 2016

Marvin Center 301


Phyllis RoseAuthor of The Shelf and Parallel Lives, among many other works

April 19, 2016

Marvin Center 308

Roz Chast

Roz ChastNew Yorker cartoonist
Author of the graphic memoir Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?

April 28, 2016

Marvin Center 307


Jewish Literature Live 2015

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.


Nick KotzThe Harness Makers Dream

February 5, 2015

Marvin Center Ampitheater

Daniel Handler/Lemony SnicketWe Are Pirates and A Series of Unfortunate Events

Elliot School at George Washington University

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

Dana HornA Guide for the Perplexed

Jan. 30, 2014

Marvin Center 405

Dara HornDara 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 MarkovitzI am Forbidden Feb. 13; MC Amphitheater; 7:00 PM

Shulem Deen

Owen LewisPoet and Psychoanalyst

Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018

Marvin Center 405

Helene WeckerThe Golem and the Jinni – Feb. 27; MC Amphitheater; 7:00 PM

Shulem Deen

Owen LewisPoet and Psychoanalyst

Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018

Marvin Center 405

Claudia Roth PierpontRoth Unbound – March 20; MC Amphitheater; 7:00 PM

Claudia Roth PierpontRoth Unbounds


March 20, 2014

Marvin Center Amphitheater


Shulem Deen

Owen LewisPoet and Psychoanalyst

Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018

Marvin Center 405



Joy LadinThrough the Door of Life: a Jewish Journey between Genders

Her memoir of gender transition was a finalist for a 2012 National Jewish Book Award,and winner of a Forward Fives award.

April 3, 2014

Marvin Center

Fran LebowitzThe Fran Lebowitz Reader

Author and quintessential New Yorker

April 17, 2014

Jack Morton Auditorium





Jewish Literature Live 2013

Jewish Literature Live 2012

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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