Midweek Notes from a Practicing Writer

Elie Wiesel (1928-2016)

Have spent a lot of time these past several days thinking of Elie Wiesel, who died Saturday at the age of 87.


I was in his presence three times: first, attending a 1986 lecture of his following the Nobel prize announcement; next, at a much smaller event, a lunch during my senior year of college (shortly after I’d written a paper that quoted frequently from his book From the Kingdom of Memory); and finally, just a few years ago at a New York City fundraiser (again, a large event). I’ve read much (but not enough) of his work. And over these past several days, I’ve been reading many of the tributes.

A Quiet Americans Sighting

For six years, I taught in Harvard’s History and Literature program. I’ve recently had the pleasure of seeing my story collection included within a new (and growing) collection of faculty books there. (Oh, the reach of Facebook!)


Dispatch from the Day Job

New on the Fig Tree Books blog: the latest installment of our “Wallant Winner” series, in which we (I) take a look back on one of the books to have won the Edward Lewis Wallant Award, one of Jewish literature’s prestigious prizes.