P&P Live! Dara Horn — People Love Dead Jews - in conversation with Elizabeth Bruenig

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Thursday, September 9, 2021 - 6:00pm

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In People Love Dead Jews, Renowned and beloved as a prizewinning novelist, Dara Horn has also been publishing penetrating essays since she was a teenager. Often asked by major publications to write on subjects related to Jewish culture—and increasingly in response to a recent wave of deadly antisemitic attacks—Horn was troubled to realize what all of these assignments had in common: she was being asked to write about dead Jews, never about living ones. In these essays, Horn reflects on subjects as far-flung as the international veneration of Anne Frank, the mythology that Jewish family names were changed at Ellis Island, the blockbuster traveling exhibition Auschwitz, the marketing of the Jewish history of Harbin, China, and the little-known life of the "righteous Gentile" Varian Fry. Throughout, she challenges us to confront the reasons why there might be so much fascination with Jewish deaths, and so little respect for Jewish lives unfolding in the present.

Dara Horn is the author of five novels and one of Granta’s Best Young American Novelists. She has taught Jewish literature at Harvard, Sarah Lawrence College, and Yeshiva University.

Horn will be in conversation with Elizabeth Bruenig, an opinion and feature writer for The New York Times, where she writes about ethics, politics, theology, and economics. She previously worked as an opinion writer and editor for The Washington Post, where she was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing in 2019 for her reported story “What Do We Owe Her?”. For the Times, she has garnered praise and attention for her recent pieces on capital punishment, in particular, “The Man I Saw Them Kill.”

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Washington, DC 20008
Non Fiction
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ISBN: 9780393531565
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 7th, 2021

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