Quiet Americans has been named a Sophie Brody Medal Honor Title (American Library Association). It has also been recognized as a “Top Book” (Shelf Unbound magazine) and honored as a “Notable Book” (The Jewish Journal).
May 3, 2014: Erika will moderate a session on “After the MFA: Constructing & Leading a Writing Life” at Grub Street’s The Muse & the Marketplace conference in Boston.
May 18, 2014: Erika will serve as a fiction panelist at the first The Whole Megillah Conference on Jewish Story, which will take place in New York.
April 6, 2014: Erika visited a private group to discuss Quiet Americans.
October 23, 2013: As guest speaker, Erika helped launch the Scarsdale (N.Y.) Public Library Writers Center Professional Series. The topic of her talk: “Mapping the Changing Publishing Marketplace.”
August 2013: Erika was a guest faculty member at the Whidbey Writers Workshop Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program fall residency, teaching sessions on freelance writing and fiction writing.
May 29, 2013: The Museum of Jewish Heritage (New York) Young Friends Book Club welcomed Erika to lead a discussion on Quiet Americans, followed by a tour of the Museum’s exhibition, “Against the Odds: American Jews and the Rescue of Europe’s Refugees, 1933-1941.”
May 4-5, 2013: Erika was Boston-bound for Grub Street’s The Muse & the Marketplace conference, where she moderated a panel titled “Grubbie Guide to Contests, Conferences & Residencies” that featured authors Sheri Joseph and Douglas Trevor.
March 2013: Erika was the featured guest for the Generations of the Shoah (GSI) Book/Film Discussion Group on Facebook. (This is a closed group; please ask the administrator to add you if you would like to take part. Here is a full list of the 2013 featured guests.)
January 27, 2013: Union Temple of Brooklyn (N.Y.), Breakfast and book discussion hosted by the temple Brotherhood.
January 15, 2013: Thanks to the miracle of Skype, Erika met with a book group in Massachusetts. Interested in having Erika “visit” your book group? Please keep reading!
December 2012 (all month): Erika was the Facebook Writer-in-Residence for the Association of Jewish Libraries, discussing Jewishly-focused writing and literature on the AJL Facebook page.
November 25, 2012: Erika read and discussed her poem “Questions for the Critics” on Shalom USA Radio.
November 18, 2012: Temple Sholom of West Essex (N.J.), Discussion of Quiet Americans.
November 12-13, 2012: State University of New York- Geneseo, Reading and class visit.
November 11, 2012: JCC Lane Dworkin Jewish Book Festival (Rochester, N.Y.).
October 13, 2012: Big Blue Marble Bookstore (Philadelphia), publishing workshop and reading, co-sponsored by Apiary Mgaazine.
April 23, 2012: Baruch College of The City University of New York, private classroom visit.
April 15, 2012: City Congregation for Humanistic Judaism (New York), “My German-Jewish Grandparents and Third-Generation Preoccupations: History, Healing, and Happily Ever After?”
March 24, 2012: Congregation Beth Israel (Charlottesville, Va.), “Why Is This Jewish-American Writer Different from (Some) Other Jewish-American Writers?”
March 23, 2012: WriterHouse (Charlottesville, Va.), “Writing What We Know, for Love & Money,” and Virginia Festival of the Book panel, “The Art of Short Fiction.”
December 2011: (Local broadcasts vary) Erika’s short story, “Fidelis,” is read by Susan Stamberg and featured as part of the annual “Hanukkah Lights” broadcast on National Public Radio.
November 18, 2011: Temple B’nai Jeshurun (N.J.), “Why Is This Jewish-American Writer Different from (Some) Other Jewish-American Writers?”
November 13, 2011: Jewish Historical Society of New York, “Looking Backward: History, the Holocaust, and Literary Writing in the Third Generation.”
August 3, 2011: “The Submission Mission” Monthly Chat on SheWrites.com. Erika guest-hosted a chat on contests, grants, fellowships, and residencies for writers.
June 30, 2011: Manhattanville College Summer Writers’ Week (Purchase, N.Y.): Erika led a session on the subject of “Social Media Strategies for Writers.”
June 15, 2011: Erika/My Machberet blog hosted the June 2011 Jewish Book Carnival.
May 18, 2011: Erika visited (via telephone) with a synagogue book group to discuss Quiet Americans. (Want to invite Erika to participate in your book club’s meeting? Please click here.)
May 5, 2011: Conference on German-Speaking Jews in New York City: Their Immigration and Lasting Presence (Baruch College of The City University of New York & The Leo Baeck Institute). (Watch a video recording of Erika’s presentation: She’s introduced 31 minutes into the session.)
April 30, 2011: Grub Street, Inc., Muse & the Marketplace Conference (Boston).
April 12, 2011: Jewish Book Council Twitter Book Club Chat: Read the transcript of our lively online discussion.
April 10, 2011: Sunday Salon Reading Series (New York; enjoy a video snippet).
March 26, 2011: Girl Talk: A Poetry Reading in Celebration of Women’s History Month (West Caldwell, N.J.)
February 6, 2011: National Museum of American Jewish Military History (Washington, D.C.). Reading from and discussion of Quiet Americans.
February 2-5, 2011: Association of Writers and Writing Programs Annual Conference (Washington, D.C.)
- Thursday, February 3: “Beyond Bagels and Lox: Jewish-American Fiction in the 21st Century” Erika Dreifus, Andrew Furman, Kevin Haworth, Margot Singer, Anna Solomon
- Friday, February 4: Quiet Americans book-signing Hosted by Fiction Writers Review from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the FWR Bookfair location.
- Saturday, February 5: “Finding and Creating Online Teaching Opportunities—and Sustaining and Succeeding in Them” Erika Dreifus, Sage Cohen, Andrew Gray, Chloe’ Yelena Miller, Michael Morse, Scott Warnock