CA in July, Plymouth UK in Oct

  • Jul 1: Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Santa Cruz, CA, 2 free shows
  • Jul 22: The Canyon Club, Agoura Hills, CA
  • Jul 23: The Cave, Big Bear Lake, CA
  • Oct 12: The Hub, Plymouth, UK

Visit the shows page for more details and links to buy tickets.

Jewish Lit Live Presents Peter Slevin

The George Washington University Department of English and Jewish Lit Live (JLL) proudly present a reading by Peter Slevin on Thursday, February 4, 2016 at 7:00PM in The GW Marvin Center Room 301.

Peter Slevin is a writer and associate professor at Northwestern University’s School of Journalism. He has an undergraduate degree from Princeton and an M.Phil from Oxford. A veteran journalist, Slevin wrote for The Miami Herald and The Washington Post before coming to Northwestern. He will be reading from his latest book, Michelle Obama: A Life.

Jewish Lit Live hosts rising and renowned Jewish American writers to speak with the GW and literary community. Guest speakers have included emerging leaders, National Humanities Award Recipients, international bestsellers, and UN-Award Winning Writers, e.g. Michael Chabon, E.L. Doctorow, Nicole Krauss, & Erica Jong.

Jewish Literature Live is made possible by the generous support of David Bruce Smith, BA ’79, a former member of GW’s Board of Trustees and an alumnus of the English Department.

This event is free and open to the public. First come, first serve seating. The Cloyd Heck Marvin Center (MC) Address: 800 21st Street, N.W. Washington, DC 20052

2016 Jewish Lit Live! Authors

Jewish Lit Live Presents Peter Slevin

February 2016 Book Recommendations

Anne Truitt’s, DAY BOOK; observations by the sculptor about her childhood, marriage, kids, and career.

Madeleine L’Engle’s, A WRINKLE IN TIME; Meg and Charles Wallace journey through the universe to find their father.

Louise Erdrich’s, THE BLUE JAY’S DANCE: A MEMOIR OF EARLY MOTHERHOOD; the author’s emotionally difficult pregnancy and acclimation to parenthood.

Candice Bergen’s, KNOCK WOOD; Growing up in Hollywood of the 50s and 60s with her father, the ventriloquist Edgar Bergen, and her “sibling”/his dummy, Charlie McCarthy.

Ayn Rand’s, THE FOUNTAINHEAD; the memorably unconventional architect, Howard Roark, is introduced.

February 2016 Book Recommendations

Grateful American Book Prize 2016 Update

The exciting success of the inaugural 2015 Grateful American Book Prize prompts us to reach out to you in an effort to engage your early support for the 2016 Prize competition.  Last year’s winner, Kathy Cannon Wiechman’s book – Like a River: A Civil War Novel – is enjoying renewed acclaim and newfound sales.

She put it this way: “I meet many writers who write fantasy or dystopian novels.  I think—and hope—the Grateful American Book Prize can entice more of them to tackle historical subjects. It can also push writers who want to write historical books to buckle down and put in the work.  If more good history is written, maybe publishing houses will become more interested in adding historical titles to their lists.”

The purpose of the Prize is to promote the authorship and publication of historically accurate works of fiction and nonfiction aimed at young readers—books that will engage them in a way that invokes a desire to learn more about the events and personalities that configured our nation. The benefits it provides for teachers and their students are matched only by the opportunities for new writers, seasoned authors, their representatives and their publishers.

We urge you to get involved in the awards process early – and often — this year, and to contact our coordinator John Grimaldi if you have questions or need additional information.

 

Sincerely,
David Bruce Smith
Co-founder, The Grateful American Book Prize

More EU dates announced

  • Oct 5: Cultuurpodium Boerderij, Zoetermeer, The Netherlands
  • Oct 11: The Fleece, Bristol, UK
  • Oct 14: The Globe, Cardiff, UK
  • Oct 15: Concorde2, Brighton, UK
  • Oct 16: The Brook, Southampton, UK
  • Oct 18: The Robin 2, Wolverhampton, UK
  • Oct 20: The Sage, Gateshead, UK
  • Oct 21: The Picturedrome, Holmfirth, UK

Stay tuned, more dates to follow.
Visit the shows page for more details and links to buy tickets.

Jewish Lit Live Presents Annabelle Gurwitch

The George Washington University Department of English and Jewish Lit Live (JLL) proudly present a reading by Annabelle Gurwitch on Thursday, January 21, 2016 at 7:00PM in The GW Marvin Center Amphitheater.

Annabelle Gurwitch is an American comedienne, actress, and writer. She will be reading from her new book, I See You Made and Effort: Compliments, Indignities, and Survival Stories from the Edge of 50. Gurwitch is “one of the first trio of Women selected as nominees, along with Roz Chast, for The Thurber Prize for Humor,” and our first author for 2015’s Jewish Literature Live.

Jewish Lit Live hosts rising and renowned Jewish American writers to speak with the GW and literary community. Guest speakers have included emerging leaders, National Humanities Award Recipients, international bestsellers, and UN-Award Winning Writers, e.g. Michael Chabon, E.L. Doctorow, Nicole Krauss, & Erica Jong.

We hope that your organization, departments, and related listservs may be able to help us in advertising our events for this semester, and that members of your community may join us in recognizing these prominent literary figures.

~Jewish Literature Live is made possible by the generous support of David Bruce Smith, BA ’79, a former member of GW’s Board of Trustees and an alumnus of the English Department.

This event is FREE and OPEN to the public. First come- first serve seating.

The Cloyd Heck Marvin Center (MC) Address: 800 21st Street, N.W. Washington, DC 20052

Upcoming JLL Spring 2016 Author Events:
Peter Slevin: Thursday, February 4. Michelle Obama: A Life 7:008:30 PM, Marvin Center 301

Jewish Lit Live Presents Annabelle Gurwitch

National Endowment for the Humanities celebrates its 50th Anniversary

WASHINGTON, DC, Jan 13 – A truly historic two-year celebration is underway in the nation’s capital: it is the Golden Anniversary of the National Endowment for the Humanities.  During the past five decades the NEH has endeavored to inspire a focus on all aspects of American culture, including the study of U.S. history.

“It is essential that rising generations know what President Lincoln called ‘the mystic chords of memory,’ the tenets and ideals that bind the nation together, sustain our national spirit, and ensure the nation’s survival,” said Bruce Cole, the longest serving Chairman of the NEH (2001-209) Cole was driven by his passion for the culture and history of the U.S. during his tenure at the NEH, a passion that gave him the idea of creating the Grateful American Book Prize, said David Bruce Smith, co-founder of the Prize.  “He’s the one who came up with the notion for the Prize and together we implemented the project with great success last year,” Smith added.

Over the past several decades schools have gradually deemphasized history in the classroom in favor of so-called STEM education: the study of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.  The Prize is aimed at offering school children a new pivot on history by offering authors and publishers good reason to produce works of historically accurate fiction and non-fiction for young learners.

“There’s nothing like a page-turner of a book to help tap the innate desire in each of us to know about our past and Bruce Cole knew that.  Children, in particular, are curious and interested in how they got here and what it means to be an American.  But often their textbooks fail to catch their attention and they can become bored and uninterested.

But, give them a good read—a book they can understand and with which they can relate – and it stirs their interest for details and context,” said Smith.

The first Grateful American Book Prize, $13,000 and a commemorate medallion created by the American artist, Clarice Smith, was presented in October to Kathy Cannon Wiechman for her Civil War novel, Like a River.

“Wiechman’s novel is an exemplar of what the Prize is all about—to encourage authors and publishers to produce fiction and nonfiction that accurately depict the past as a means of engaging young readers in American history.”

The 2016 Prize, which was launched on New Year’s Day, is already attracting much attention in the publishing world.

Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Concert

Join us for the 5th Annual Commemoration Concert for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. features music, poetry, dance and spoken word.

Saturday, January 16, 2016
Garfield Center for the Arts
5 – 7pm

Admission is free, but donations will go to the charities supported by the MLK Breakfast Event.

Presented by Garfield Center for the Arts and Kent County Arts Council

Smilow® Furniture American Made Since 1949

Listening to NPR’s special series “American Made: The New Manufacturing Landscape” reminded us how integral the label “Made In America” has been throughout the production history of Smilow® Furniture.

Smilow® Furniture, a reintroduction of mid century furniture originally designed by Mel Smilow, has been made in America since 1949. In 2012 while planning the reintroduction of the furniture, the first priority was finding a suitable factory to produce the designs. We knew we needed to find a factory and craftsman that had the skill to craft the designs beautifully and we also knew we needed it to be close enough to New York City where we are based to be able to oversee the production. We began looking in the furniture rich Lancaster County area just under 3 hours away and coincidently the very same area that the furniture originally was produced. (* This area surrounding the furniture powerhouse Knolll lost a lot of ground in the 80’s but more recently has had a resurgence) though we were lucky to find a small family-owned American factory in Pennsylvania that fit the bill perfectly.

We are proud to continue in the tradition and long history of fine furniture making in America. All our furniture is made from solid American hardwoods and each piece is precision cut and shaped, and carefully fit together by skilled craftsmen. The furniture is then sanded by hand and finished to perfection. This is a process that demands careful attention and  excellent skills.

Making furniture in this time tested way with the same attention to quality and detail is why more than 50 years since the origins of Smilow® Furniture we continue to hear from satisfied and happy customers and can confidently call our authentic designs –  Enduring, Modern, Classics – Smilow®, furniture made to last a lifetime.

Photo by Nicole Horton