LIVE from NYPL: Joshua Cohen, Rivka Galchen & Ruby Namdar: Remembering A.B. Yehoshua
The authors explore Yehoshua’s legacy and the role of Hebrew literature and language in Israel and America.
A.B. Yehoshua, one of Israel's most prolific and revered authors, died in June. A winner of Israel’s prestigious Dan David prize as well as the National Jewish Book Award, Yehoshua was cited as one of the writers who “planted his nation on the map of world literature.” At the same time, he maintained a complex relationship with American Jews, whose identity he termed inauthentic and only “partially” Jewish.
Award-winning authors Joshua Cohen and Rivka Galchen speak with novelist Ruby Namdar about Yehoshua’s complicated legacy, his language, and his works.
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This program is part of the Celebrate 350 Lecture series, a permanent tribute to the anniversary of the arrival of Jews in New York City.
Presented in partnership with the Dorot Jewish Division of The New York Public Library. The oldest public collection of Jewish research materials in America, the Dorot Jewish Division celebrates its 125th anniversary in 2022. Find out how the Library is marking this milestone and read about the history of the collection.
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ABOUT THE SPEAKERS
Joshua Cohen's books include the novels Moving Kings, Book of Numbers, Witz, A Heaven of Others, and Cadenza for the Schneidermann Violin Concerto; the short-fiction collection Four New Messages, and the nonfiction collection Attention: Dispatches from a Land of Distraction. Cohen was awarded Israel’s 2013 Matanel Prize for Jewish Writers, and in 2017 was named one of Granta’s Best Young American Novelists. His most recent novel, The Netanyahus, won the National Jewish Book Award for Fiction and the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. He lives in New York City.
Rivka Galchen is a staff writer at The New Yorker. She has an MD from the Mount Sinai Icahn School of Medicine. Her work has been anthologized in the Best American series and elsewhere, and she has previously been a frequent contributor to the London Review of Books, Harper’s, and the Times Magazine. She is the author of two novels, a short-story collection, an essay collection, and a novel for children. Her most recent novel, Everyone Knows Your Mother Is a Witch, is centered on the true history of the witch trial of the mother of the astronomer Johannes Kepler. She is currently working on a book of essays about the lives of scientists.
Ruby Namdar was born and raised in Jerusalem to a family of Iranian-Jewish heritage. His first book, Haviv (2000), won The Ministry of Culture's Award for Best First Publication. His novel The Ruined House has won the Sapir Prize, Israel’s most prestigious literary award. He currently lives in New York City with his wife and two daughters and teaches Jewish literature, focusing on Biblical and Talmudic narrative.
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