Feb 16, 2020
from 12:00 AM to 01:00 PM
|Where||Chao Auditorium, Ekstrom Library|
|Contact Name||Ranen Omer Sherman|
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Award-winning Israeli author Ayelet Tsabari speaks Feb. 16 at the University of Louisville about her life, family, grief, searching and travels in “The Art of Leaving,” the title of her memoir. Tsabari’s presentation will begin at 1 p.m. in Chao Auditorium, Ekstrom Library, with a reception and book-signing afterward. Although the events are free and public, reservations are recommended by contacting Joshua Boydstun, Joshua.firstname.lastname@example.org or 502-852-0460. The UofL Jewish studies program in the comparative humanities department offers the Naamani Memorial Lecture, which honors the memory of former UofL political scientist Israel Naamani.
Of Yemeni descent, Tsabari grew up in a Tel Aviv suburb, served in the Israeli army and later moved to Canada where she studied film and photography and directed two documentary films. She is a graduate of Simon Fraser University’s Writer’s Studio and the University of Guelph’s master of fine arts program in creative writing. She teaches writing through the University of King’s College, Tel Aviv University and University of Toronto. Essays from Tsabari’s 2019 The Art of Leaving have won a silver National Magazine Award and a gold Western Magazine Award. Her first book, The Best Place on Earth: Stories won the Jewish Book Council’s Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature and the Edward Lewis Wallant Award for Jewish Fiction and was a New York Times Book Review’s Editors’ Choice and Kirkus Reviews’ Best Debut Fiction of 2016.