Jewish Book Council Presents: Unpacking the Book

Jewish Writers in Conversation - Jewish Writers on the Front Lines


Wednesday, May 4, 2016
6 – 8:30 pm
Scheuer Auditorium

A century ago, the notion of a Jewish warrior would have seemed a contradiction in terms. No longer. Hear from two exceptional writers, who have witnessed—and translated for us—the absurdity, chaos and tragedy of modern warfare in the most volatile region in the world.

The Jewish Book Council invites Jewish Museum members and friends to join the event. Select galleries will be open for attendees from 6:00-7:00 pm and guided tours of Culture and Continuity: The Jewish Journey will be offered at 6:10 pm and 6:30 pm. The conversation with the authors will begin at 7:00 pm and will be followed by a reception, book sale, and signing.

Elliot Ackerman served five tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan and is the recipient of the Silver Star, the Bronze Star for Valor, and the Purple Heart. A former White House Fellow, his essays and fiction have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New Republic, and Ecotone, among others. Green on Blue is his debut novel. He currently lives in Istanbul and writes on the Syrian Civil War.

Matti Friedman’s second nonfiction book, Pumpkinflowers: A Soldier's Story, will be published by Algonquin Books in May 2016. It tells the story of a group of young Israelis assigned to hold an isolated military outpost in Lebanon. His first book, The Aleppo Codex, won the 2014 Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish literature, the American Library Association’s Sophie Brody Medal, and the Canadian Jewish Book Award for history, and was selected as one of Booklist’s top ten religion books of the year. His writing has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Tablet, and elsewhere. He was born in Toronto and lives in Jerusalem.

The program is free but space is limited, advance RSVP is required.

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