Writers in Conversation with Jim Shepard, Mira Jacob & Courtney Maum

Date: 04/22/2017
Time: 11:00 am-12:00 pm

How do you tell an entertaining story from the point of view of a young Jewish boy in Warsaw during the Nazi occupation? Or share what it looks like when your mixed-race son starts comprehending racism?

Moderated by author Courtney Maum, the second session in our Writers in Conversation series will feature award-winning authors Jim Shepard and Mira Jacob on how they use dark humor to make difficult subjects not just readable—but enjoyable—to the general public. If you’re not familiar with National Book Award finalist Jim Shepard’s work, this author of 7 novels [The Book of Aron] and 5 short story collections is commonly referred to as one of America’s best living writers, and he’s also a very engaging speaker. Brooklyn-based Mira Jacob is an Indian American author who is taking a break from fiction writing to work on a graphic memoir called “Good Talk” illustrating the tricky conversations about race that she’s been party to with a candor that manages to inspire both rage and hope.

Jim was recently called “[A] pointillist master of middle-American disaffection, second-shoe-dropping comic rhythm, pop-cult radiation, and the deceivingly unsimple art of inarticulation” by The Village Voice, and O: The Oprah Magazine called Mira’s debut “a humorous novel (that) serves as a bittersweet lesson in the binding power of family, even when we seek to break out from it.” Courtney knows both of these wonderful authors personally and can guarantee that this is going to be an inspiring and timely discussion about the power of dark humor. Please plan to join us!


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