Friday, March 11, 2016

DCJCC to Host Authors David Grossman, Azar Nafisi and Leon Wieseltier in Conversation, March 20th

DCJCC hosts David Grossman & Azar Nafisi (r) March 20th

From our friends at the DCJCC...

DCJCC to Host Authors David Grossman, Azar Nafisi and Leon Wieseltier in Conversation

“The Freedom of the Writer and the Cruelties of History,” March 20 at Foundry United Methodist Church

On March 20, 2016, the Washington, DC Jewish Community Center (DCJCC) will welcome internationally renowned writers David Grossman and Azar Nafisi, with Leon Wieseltier. The event will explore how fiction and artistic expression have the power to simultaneously define and transform cultures and communities. They will examine how writers can engage with the world around them, confront violence and loss, and promote change and healing. Grossman’s latest novel, Falling Out of Time, has been adapted for the stage at the DCJCC’s Theater J; with the English-language world premiere set for March 17.

“In their writing, Grossman, Nafisi, and Wieseltier wrestle with the issues that define our time,” said Sara Shalva, Director of Jewish Innovation at the DCJCC. “In fiction and memoir they deal with history, art, and politics while telling deeply personal stories. As part of our mission to present a wide array of programming in the cultural arts, the DCJCC is thrilled to bring them together for what we expect will be a remarkable evening.”

Acclaimed Israeli writer David Grossman’s books have been translated into more than 35 languages. His novel, To the End of the Land, was nominated for the 2010 National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction and won the 2011 JQ Wingate Prize, as well as the 2011 Prix M├ędicis ├ętranger award. His 2014 novel, Falling Out of Time, has received outstanding reviews from The New York Times Book Review, The New York Review of Books, The Forward, The Guardian (UK), and elsewhere. He is a leading peace activist and has written much about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Azar Nafisi is the author of the bestseller Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books. Born in Iran and now an American citizen, she is a visiting professor and the executive director of Cultural Conversations at the Foreign Policy Institute of John Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies, in Washington, DC.

Leon Wieseltier is the Isaiah Berlin Senior Fellow in Culture and Policy at the Brookings Institution. He is also a contributing editor and critic at The Atlantic. From 1983 to 2014, he was the literary editor of The New Republic. He is the author of many books, including the widely celebrated Kaddish.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

1500 16th Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20036

Ticket Options:
$125 - VIP Tickets, including signed copies of the latest books by Grossman and Nafisi
$75 - Premium Tickets
$35 - General Admission
$25 - DCJCC Member/EntryPointDC Young Professionals

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