Book Talks

  • The Center for Jewish History will offer the virtual program “Bugsy Siegel: The Dark Side of the American Dream,” featuring author Michael Shnayerson, on Monday, April 26, at 4 pm. For more information or to register, visit https://programs.cjh.org/event/bugsy-siegel-2021-04-26.
  • Jewish Women’s Archive will hold April Quarantine(ish) Book Talks on Thursdays: April 15, Jessica Cohen, translator of “And the Bride Closed the Door,” on the art and politics of literary translation; April 22, event in honor of National Poetry Month, with poets Joy Ladin, Shara McCallum and Lesléa Newman; and April 29, Brandy Colbert, author of “Little & Lion,” on a Black Jewish teen’s exploration of identity. All sessions will be held at 8 pm. To sign up for the series, visit https://lp.constantcontactpages.com/su/8uG8YGs/QBC.
  • Centro Primo Levi New York will hold the virtual talk “Surviving the Ghetto” on Monday, April 19, at 11:30 am. Serena Di Nepi will discuss her book “Surviving the Ghetto,” which traces the history of the birth of the ghetto in 16th-century Rome. For more information or to register, https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_TTtOSR-bT46dVc--t4gQ2w.
  • The Jewish Week will hold the virtual talk “The Light of Days: The Untold Story of Women Resistance Fighters in Hitler’s Ghettos” on Tuesday, April 20, at 1 pm. Judy Batalion will speak about her book “The Light of Days” about a cadre of Jewish women in Poland who helped transform the Jewish youth groups into resistance cells to fight the Nazis. For more information or to register, visit https://jewishweek.timesofisrael.com/event/the-light-of-days-the-untold-story-of-women-resistance-fighters-in-hitlers-ghettos/.
  • My Jewish Learning has started the Great Jewish Book Club, which will feature Jewish novels from the past century. The first meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 13, at noon. The book for April will be “Bread Givers” by Anzia Yezierska, which explores the pushcarts and tenements of the 1920s Lower East Side through the eyes of a young Jewish-American immigrant. For more information or to register, visit www.myjewishlearning.com/the-hub/explore-100-years-of-great-jewish-literature-with-my-jewish-learning/.
  • The Skirball Culture Center will hold an evening with biographer Blake Bailey where he will talk about his newest work, “Philip Roth: The Biography.” The event will talk place on Tuesday, April 13, at 8 pm. For more information or to register, visit www.skirball.org/programs/words-and-ideas/blake-bailey-conversation-peter-sagal.