Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Jewish Lit Live is Back!

The Jewish Literature Live 
Spring Line-Up is HERE! 
And you won't want to miss a single author! 

The first reading with Dara Horn will be Thursday night!
Dara Horn

Dara Horn- 
A Guide for the Perplexed
Jan. 30 in Marvin Center 311 at 7:00PM

Anouk Markovitz- I am Forbidden
Feb. 13 in the Marvin Center Amphitheater at 7:00PM  

Helene Wecker- The Golem and the Jinni
Feb. 27 in the Marvin Center Amphitheater at 7:00PM  

Claudia Roth PierpontRoth Unbound
A discussion about Portnoy's Complaint and Goodbye Columbus.
March 20 in the Marvin Center Amphitheater at 7:00PM

Joy Ladin- Through the Door of Life: a Jewish Journey between Genders
April 3 in Marvin Center 302 at 7:00PM

Fran Lebowitz will be our final visitor of the semester on April 17. The venue and work will be announced closer to the event!

A large thank you to David Bruce Smith, whose generosity makes these events possible; and to Faye Moskowitz, for being the heart and soul of the program.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

A Chat with Molly McCloskey

Lisa Page
Our own Lisa Page will be sitting down and interviewing Molly McCloskey, George Washington's Jenny McKean Moore Writer-In-Residence, this Wednesday (January 27th) at 7pm at the Hill Center. The event is free and certainly not to be missed!

Molly McClosky
McCloskey is well known on GW's campus for her popular creative non-fiction class, which is completely full this Spring. In the class, students have the opportunity to learn first-hand from an award-winning author and craft their own non-fiction pieces to be reviewed and edited.

Last fall McCloskey read to a packed room a section from her memoir Circles Around the Sun: In Search of a Lost Brother. As an audience member, I can attest to the effective blunt reality and craft with which she unravels the story of her brother who suffers from paranoid schizophrenia.

If you're interested in the event please register now! Seats will be on a first come, first-served basis and they will fill up. Don't miss a great opportunity to see two of our faculty shine!

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Jenny McKean Moore Reading Series Hosts George Pelecanos

George Pelecanos Reading 
Thursday, January 23rd
in Marvin Center 301 at 7:30pm

A Washington native, Pelecanos worked many odds and ends jobs before publishing his first crime novel, A Firing Offense, in 1992. His novels plunge readers into the gritty world of murder and drugs that he constructs from personal observation and research. In a conversation Pelecanos explained, "My 'research' often consists of walking into a bar, having a quiet beer, and keeping my ears open...After midnight I do ride-alongs with D.C. cops. This has been very valuable (I go places I will not go alone), and also gives me some insight into the psyche of the police."

Pelecanos is the beloved crime writer of the D.C. Quartet Series  as well as the Derek Strange and Terry Quinn Series. His current series is centered around Spero Lucas, an Iraq veteran who returned from the war and settles in as an investigator for a defense attorney. His latest book, the second in the Lucas series, The Double has been met with high praise from The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and USA Today. Pelecanos has received awards in France, Italy, and Japan for his crime novels and was awarded the Los Angeles Times Book Prizes twice, in 2003 and 2004. 

A jack-of-all-trades, Pelecanos was a producer, writer, and story editor for the HBO series The Wire  and was then an Emmy nominee for his writing. He also worked as a writer and producer for the series The Pacific. Currently, he is working as an executive producer for the HBO series Treme.