Jewish Literature Live is a unique course, in which students read and discuss the works of living writers, from established names to up-and-comers, and then have these writers come to visit their classes. Generously funded by GW alumnus and Trustee David Bruce Smith, Jewish Literature Live is now in its third year, and has begun to garner a national reputation for giving writers an opportunity to present and discuss their work with informed and lively student-readers. In addition to class visits, the JLL authors do a free public reading, either on campus at the Marvin Center or at the DC Jewish Community Center at 16th and Q Street NW. Among last year's participants was Howard Jacobson, who won the 2010 Booker Prize, and Ariel Sabar, who is currently teaching ENGL 81 in the English Department.
Here is the stellar line-up for the spring:
Kirsch is a frequent reviewer for the New York Times, The New Republic, Utne Reader and Slate. He is author of Benjamin Disraeli (Jewish Encounters), The Modern Element: Essays on Contemporary Poetry. He is also the author of two collections of poetry.
Gary ShteyngartThe acclaimed author of three novels, including Absurdistan and this year's Super Sad True Love Story, Shteyngart was also featured in The New Yorker magazine's recent "20 under 40" list of extraordinary young writers.
Steve SternStern is the prize-winning author of several books about "The Pinch," the old Jewish section of
Memphis, Tennessee. His collection, The Wedding Jester, won the 2000 National Jewish Book Award.His newest book is the very well-received The Frozen Rabbi. He teaches at Skidmore College.
Filmmaker Lily Rivlin
Rivlin will visit class and screen her documentary on the writer Grace Paley. Students in JLL will read from Paley's Collected Stories.
Goodman is the author of 7 books, the most recent of which is The Cookbook Collector. The JLL class will read The Family Markovitz.
E.L. Doctorow is an American author of great distinction. His novel Ragtime has been called one of the hundred best novels of the 20th century. His works have been translated into more than 30 languages. He is the recipient of awards including the National Humanities Medal, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the National Book Award, and the PEN/Faulkner award. The class will read The Book of Daniel.
A fiction writer, Krasikov, who was born in the Ukraine, is winner of the $100,000 Sammy Rohr Prize for Emerging Jewish Writers. The class will read her prize-winning collection One More Year.