Shirley Jackson Day Celebration on "Lottery Day"
June 27, 2015, 8:00p.m.
Ruth Franklin will read from her forthcoming biography of Jackson, due out in 2016, in North Bennington, VT, Jackson's longtime home. With music by Jackson's son Barry Hyman.
H. G. Adler: A Survivor's Dual Reverie
May 7, 2015, 7:00p.m.
Compared by critics to Kafka and Joyce, H. G. Adler is quickly gaining recognition as a key figure in twentieth-century fiction. A panel of writers and journalists comes together to discuss Adler's unique "dual" perspective on the events of the Holocaust, as author of both The Wall--a fictional account of his own survival--and of Theresienstadt 1941-1945: The Face of a Coerced Community--an academic examination of the same event, to be published in a new translation in October 2015.
Roxane Gay in Conversation with Ruth Franklin
May 7, 2014, 7:00p.m.
Join Roxane Gay for a reading and discussion from her harrowing debut novel, An Untamed State, which tells the story of a Haitian-American woman kidnapped for ransom and the privilege that made her a target. Tom Perrota calls it "a novel about the connections between sexual violence and political rage, narrated in a voice at once traumatized and eerily controlled." With Ruth Franklin, a book critic and a contributing editor at The New Republic.
"The Impossible Exile: Stefan Zweig at the End of the World"
May 2, 2014, PEN Festival 2014
Deutches Haus, NYU
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"Lies, Truth, and Fiction: The Holocaust in Literature"
March 13, 2014, 7:30p.m.
Rose Library, Cohen-Lasry House, 11 Hawthorne St., Worcester
Ruth Franklin, contributing editor at the New Republic, will explore the limits of the statement, "Literature is art and memoir is fact" in the context of Holocaust memoirs and literature. Can literature help us understand the truth of atrocity? Is memoir as straightforward and truthful as it seems at first glance? Franklin first explored these ideas in her 2011 book, "A Thousand Darknesses: Lies and Truth in Holocaust Fiction." Her lecture is part of the Critical History Lecture series exploring Truth in History.
"Whose Life Is It Anyway?": The Literary Biographer's Craft
February 4, 2014, 7:30pm
Folger Shakespeare Library - Elizabethan Theatre
201 East Capitol Street SE, Washington, DC
powerHouse Arena + Penguin Classics Present: Laura Miller & Ruth Franklin on Shirley Jackson
June 27, 2013, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
37 Main Street, Brooklyn, NY
Sharp: A Discussion of Women & Criticism
May 8, 2013, 7:00pm
Housing Works Bookstore
126 Crosby Street, New York, NY
March 20, 2013, 6:30pm
Wollman Hall, Eugene Lang Building
65 West 11th Street, 5th floor
This symposium will examine the cultural phenomenon of the middlebrow. During the height of
middlebrow culture--the postwar era of the Book-of-the-Month Club--critical mandarins made great fun
of the cultural aspirations of middleclass Americans. But if, as many argue, we have since undergone a great
cultural leveling, is that entirely for the good? Do we miss the middlebrow? Or does it still exist
in the form of high end television and "accessible" literary fiction? Discussion with literary critics
Ruth Franklin, Daniel Mendelsohn,Christine Smallwood, and critic and editor Jennifer Szalai.
Moderated by Christopher Beha, associate editor, Harper's Magazine.
Writing Writers' Lives: 5th Annual Leon Levy Biography Conference
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March 18, 2013, 2:15pm - 3:15 pm
Writing Jewish Lives: Ruth Franklin (Shirley Jackson), moderator. Greg Bellow (Saul Bellow's Heart),
Joshua Rubenstein (Leon Trotsky: A Revolutionary's Life), Steven Weitzman (Solomon: The Lure of Wisdom).
Co-sponsored by the Jewish Lives series of Yale University Press.
PS 321 Writers Series
January 27, 2013, 2:00 - 4:00 PM
180 7th Ave, Brooklyn, NY
Readings by: Lev Grossman (The Magicians), Sophie Gee (Scandal of the Century), Anna Funder (All That I Am)
Moderated by Ruth Franklin
Reading Holocaust Literature
January 30, 2013, 6:00-8:00 PM
Yeshiva University Museum
YIVO Institute for Jewish Research and the Jewish Theological Seminary
To mark the publication of Holocaust Literature: A History & Guide (University Press of New England),
the Jewish Theological Seminary, the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research and Yeshiva University
Museum invite you to a panel discussion with the authors, David G. Roskies and Naomi Diamant.
Leading the discussion will be the noted Holocaust historian, Samuel Kassow (Trinity College)
and the author-critic Ruth Franklin (The New Republic).
The Hampton Synagogue Author Discussion Series
August 9, 2012, 7:30 PM
154 Sunset Avenue, Westhampton Beach, NY 11978
2012 Roger Shattuck Prize for Criticism
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May 30, 2012, 7:00 PM
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May 9, 2012, 6:00 PM
The New School, Wollman Hall
65 West 11th Street, NYC 10011
In The Beginning There Were Words:
The Greatest Jewish Books
February 21, 2012, 8:15 PM
Buttenwieser Hall @ 92Y
1395 Lexington Avenue, NYC 10128