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Writing and the Art of Remembering: A Reading and Conversation with writers Peter Orner and Aviya Kushner

February 11 @ 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM


Join us for a literary reading with two esteemed writers, a nonfiction writer and a poet, then warm up with conversation, hot chocolate and tea.

About our authors:

Chicago-born Peter Orner is the author of two novels “The Second Coming of Mavala Shikongo” (2006) and “Love and Shame and Love” (2010) as well as three story collections: “Esther Stories” (2001, 2013 with a foreword by Marilynne Robinson) “Last Car Over The Sagamore Bridge” (2013), and “Maggie Brown & Others” (2019). He holds the Professorship of English and Creative Writing at Dartmouth College and formerly was a professor of creative writing at San Francisco State University.

Peter’s most recent book is “Still No Word From You: Notes in the Margin.” Peter’s essay collection/memoir, “Am I Alone Here?: Notes on Reading to Live and Living to Read” was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. His work has been translated into French, Italian, German, Portuguese, Spanish, Arabic, Turkish, and Japanese. Peter is also the editor of three non-fiction books/oral histories for the Voice of Witness Series: “Underground America: Narratives of Undocumented Lives” (2008), “Hope Deferred: Narratives of Zimbabwean Lives” (co-edited with Annie Holmes), and “Lavil: Live, Love and Death In Port-Au-Prince” (co-edited with Evan Lyon).

Aviya Kushner grew up in a Hebrew-speaking home in New York. She is the author of Wolf Lamb Bomb (Orison Books, 2021), winner of The Chicago Review of Books Award in Poetry, a New York Times New & Noteworthy selection, and Foreword INDIES Finalist; and The Grammar of God (Spiegel & Grau/Penguin Random House 2015), a National Jewish Book Award Finalist, Sami Rohr Prize Finalist, and one of Publishers’ Weekly’s Top Religion Stories of the Year. She is a 2022 National Endowment for the Arts fellow in translation.

She is The Forward’s language columnist, and her essays have appeared in Longreads, The Los Angeles Review of Books, The Wall Street Journal, and The Wilson Quarterly. Her work has been supported by the Howard Foundation, the Illinois Arts Council, and the Memorial Foundation of Jewish Culture. She serves on the executive committee in nonfiction at the Modern Languages Association, the board of the American Literary Translators Association, the advisory board of the Jewish Languages Project and the advisory board for Bloomsbury’s series in creative writing. She is an associate professor at Columbia College Chicago, where she directs the MFA Program in Creative Writing.

$10 to attend

Authors will sign and sell books.

To purchase Still No Word from You: Notes in the Margin on Amazon, click here.

To purchase Wolf Lamb Bomb on Amazon, click here.

Warm drinks and dessert will be served.

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February 11
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
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