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People Love Dead Jews

an evening with author Dara Horn

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Thursday, January 27, 2021
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm ET, Online


Join us in this lively conversation with Dara Horn as she reads from and discusses her highly-charged new book, People Love Dead Jews, Reports from a Haunted Past. Following her reading, Gratz College president, Dr. Zev Eleff, will interview Dara and take live questions. This event is presented by a joint partnership of the Drexel University Laurie Wagman Initiative in Jewish Studies, Hillel at Drexel University and Gratz College’s One Book, One Jewish Community program.

Support your local bookseller! Gratz suggests two independent bookstores: Open Book Bookstore (Elkins Park) and Harriett's Bookshop (Girard Avenue/Philadelphia)

ABOUT THE BOOK
“People Love Dead Jews: Reports from a Haunted Present” is a startling exploration of how Jewish history is exploited to comfort the living. Reflecting on subjects as far-flung as the international veneration of Anne Frank, the blockbuster traveling exhibition called ​Auschwitz, the Jewish history of the Chinese city of Harbin, and the little known ​“righteous Gentile” Varian Fry, Dara Horn challenges us to confront the reasons why there might be so much fascination with Jewish deaths, as emblematic of the worst of evils the world has to offer, and so little respect for Jewish lives as they continue to unfold in the present.

Horn draws on her own family’s life — trying to explain Shakespeare’s Shylock to a curious 10-year-old, her anger when swastikas are drawn on desks at her children’s school in New Jersey, the profound and essential perspective offered by traditional religious practice, prayer and study — to assert the vitality, complexity and depth of this life against an anti-Semitism that, far from being disarmed by the mantra of ​“Never Forget” is on the rise.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Dara Horn is the award-winning author of six books, including the novels In the Image (Norton 2002), The World to Come (Norton 2006), All Other Nights (Norton 2009), A Guide for the Perplexed (Norton 2013), and Eternal Life (Norton 2018), and the essay collection People Love Dead Jews (Norton 2021). One of Granta magazine’s Best Young American Novelists, she is the recipient of two National Jewish Book Awards, the Edward Lewis Wallant Award, the Harold U. Ribalow Award, and the Reform Judaism Fiction Prize, and she was a finalist for the JW Wingate Prize, the Simpson Family Literary Prize, and the Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction. Her books have been selected as New York Times Notable Books, Booklist’s Best 25 Books of the Decade, and San Francisco Chronicle’s Best Books of the Year, and have been translated into eleven languages. Her nonfiction work has appeared in The New York TimesThe Wall Street JournalThe Washington PostThe AtlanticSmithsonian, and The Jewish Review of Books, among many other publications, and she is a regular columnist for Tablet. Horn received her doctorate in Yiddish and Hebrew literature from Harvard University. She has taught courses in these subjects at Sarah Lawrence College and Yeshiva University, and has held the Gerald Weinstock Visiting Professorship in Jewish Studies at Harvard. She has lectured for audiences in hundreds of venues throughout North America, Israel and Australia. She lives in New Jersey with her husband and four children.

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