Jewish Book Council Presents: Unpacking the Book

Jewish Writers in Conversation - Apostles and Apostates


Tuesday, February 23, 2016
6 – 8:30 pm
Scheuer Auditorium

Three authors share their unorthodox perspectives on what it means to keep the faith with respect to their writing, personal lives, and the Jewish people at large. 

Shulem Deen is the author of All Who Go Do Not Return, a memoir about growing up in and then leaving the Hasidic Jewish world. His work has appeared in The New Republic, Salon, Tablet Magazine, and The Forward, among others, and in 2015 he was listed in the Forward 50, an annual list of American Jews with outsized roles on political and social issues. He serves as a board member at Footsteps, a New York City-based organization that offers assistance and support to those who have left the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Christopher Noxon is an author, journalist, and illustrator. He’s the author of the novel Plus One and Rejuvenile: Kickball, Cartoons, Cupcakes, and the Reinvention of the American Grown Up. He has written for The New Yorker, Details, The New York Times Magazine, Los Angeles Magazine, and Salon; his illustrations have been featured on The Undo List and in Unscrolled: Writers and Artists Wrestle with the Torah. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, television writer/producer Jenji Kohan, and their three children.

Sigal Samuel is an award-winning fiction writer, journalist, essayist, and playwright. Currently opinion editor at the Forward, she has also published work in the Daily Beast, the Rumpus, BuzzFeed, and Electric Literature. She has appeared on NPR, BBC, and Huffington Post Live. Her six plays have been produced in theaters from Vancouver to New York. Sigal earned her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia. Originally from Montreal, she now lives and writes in Brooklyn. The Mystics of Mile End is her first novel.

The Jewish Book Council invites Jewish Museum members and friends to join the event. Select galleries will be open for attendees from 6:00-7:00PM and guided tours of a featured exhibitionwill be offered from 6:15-6:45PM. The conversation with the authors will begin at 7:00PM and will be followed by a reception, book sale, and signing.

The program is free but space is limited and advance RSVP is requried for entry.

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