Uncharacteristically, my mother and I arrived a few minutes late. We missed the introductory remarks, but we managed to find two empty seats together in the large room that was filled with listeners who had gathered Monday evening at the Yeshiva University Museum/Center for Jewish History to hear poets present original writings in dialogue with an exhibition titled “There is a Mirror in My Heart: Reflections on a Righteous Grandfather.”
The Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York recently released its spring calendar, and there are some excellent literary events being planned:
- Wednesday, April 6: Tales from Iraq (with Jessica Jiji and Ariel Sabar; moderated by Sandee Brawarsky)
- Wednesday, May 11: Memoirs About Our Mothers (with Martin Lemelman, Ann Kirschner, and Erin Einhorn)
- Wednesday, May 18:The Invisible Bridge (author Julie Orringer interviewed by Gabriel Sanders)
- Sunday, June 5: Stories for All Ages (family program with Douglas Florian)
Check event details for ticket prices and other information.
A few literary links to direct your way before Shabbat:
On Sunday, I was fortunate to visit the National Museum of American Jewish Military History, a marvelous gem of a place near Dupont Circle in Washington. I was there to give a reading from my new short-story collection, Quiet Americans, but I also had time to tour the exhibitions, and I’m so glad that I did.
While I was there, I learned about a forthcoming event that may be of interest to some of you:
The National Museum of American Jewish Military History and The Washington DC Jewish Community Center present:
Family Stories: Daughters, Mothers, and Bubbes
Sunday May 1, 2011, 1pm-5pm
Are you a photographer, an artist, a filmmaker? A writer or storyteller? A stand-up comedian, dancer, or singer? Always wanted to try one of these? Come show off your talents!
On May 1, the museum and the Washington, DC Jewish Community Center will devote this special afternoon to some of the most important women in our lives. We invite you to portray your beloved female relatives through a skit, scrapbook, video, song and dance routine, or whatever your imagination can conjure.
For more details and submission information, please visit the NMAJMH website.
Many apologies for missing last week’s lit-links post. And fair warning: I’m unlikely to post next Friday as well: I’ll be away at the Association of Writers & Writing Programs conference. But don’t worry: I shall return!