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Why Jewish Literature Matters: A Novelist’s View

A Conversation with Dara Horn


Thursday, September 14, 2017
6:00 PM (Doors open at 5:30 PM)
The Tikvah Center, 165 E 56th Street, New York, New York

Love and death, good and evil, repentance and redemption, exile and return—the drama of modern Jewish life is sometimes best understood through the great stories and novels of the modern Jewish canon. From Sholem Aleichem to S.Y. Agnon, from Saul Bellow to Cynthia Ozick, the masters of Jewish story-telling have been central to shaping the moral, religious, and political imagination of the Jewish people in America and in Israel. Join us for a conversation with one of the most talented and important Jewish novelists on the current American scene, as she explores why Jewish literature matters and what we can learn about being Jewish from great stories alone.


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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 (2006), received the 2006 National Jewish Book Award for Fiction, the 2007 Harold U. Ribalow Prize, and has been translated into eleven languages. Her third novel, All Other Nights (2009), was one of Booklist’s 25 Best Books of the Decade. Her nonfiction e-book The Rescuer (2012) was published by Tablet magazine and became a Kindle bestseller. Her newest novel is A Guide for the Perplexed (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.