The Art of Understanding

Unpacking the Book: Jewish Writers in Conversation


Thursday, February 21, 2019
7 – 8:30 pm
Scheuer Auditorium

The Saul and Gladys Gwirtzman Lecture

Join authors Nora Krug (Belonging: A German Reckons with History and Home) and Ayelet Tsabari (The Art of Leaving) as they discuss issues of nationality, identity, and heritage in a conversation  moderated by Stephanie Butnick, Tablet Magazine and the Unorthodox podcast.

Nora Krug is a German-American author and illustrator whose drawings and visual narratives have appeared in publications including The New York Times, The Guardian, Le Monde diplomatique and A Public Space, and in anthologies published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Simon and Schuster and Chronicle Books. Her visual memoir Belonging: A German Reckons with History and Home (foreign edition title Heimat), about WWII and her own German family history was chosen as a New York Times Critics’ Top Books of 2018, as one of The Guardian’s 50 Biggest Books of Autumn 2018 and Best Books of 2018, as an NPR Book of the Year 2018, as one of Kirkus Reviews’ Best Memoirs of 2018, and as one of Time Magazine’s 8 Must-Read Books you May Have Missed in 2018. Krug is an associate professor in the Illustration Program at the Parsons School of Design in New York City.

Ayelet Tsabari's debut story collection, The Best Place on Earth, won Jewish Book Council’s Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature and the Edward Lewis Wallant Award. The book was a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice, was a Kirkus Reviews Best Book, was nominated for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award and has been published internationally. Excerpts from The Art of Leaving have won a National Magazine Award, a Western Magazine Award and an Edna Staebler Award. She is the recipient of a Chalmers Arts Fellowship and a graduate of both the Writer’s Studio at Simon Fraser University and the MFA Program in Creative Writing at the University of Guelph. Tsabari teaches creative writing at the University of King’s College MFA in Creative Nonfiction, at the University of Tel Aviv, and the University of Toronto’s School of Continuing Education.

Co-presented with the Jewish Book Council, in partnership with Tablet Magazine.

Free with Pay-What-You-Wish Admission; RSVP Required