Read All About It: LILITH Celebrates the Magazine’s Emerging Literary Stars

Thursday, May 1, 2003

Wednesday, June 11, 2003 at 6:00 PM
View LILITH Magazine: The Voice of Jewish Women from 6:00-7:00 PM
Readings by Jewish women writers featured in LILITH from 7:00-8:00 PM

Admission free.
Photo ID required for entrance.

Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion Museum
One West 4th Street (between Broadway and Mercer Street)
New York City

Celebrate new and emerging writers from LILITH Magazine’s pages as they read from their new work and sign copies of their books. Faye Moskowitz, LILITH’s former Fiction Editor, and herself a renowned author of fiction and memoir, will introduce the readers. A reception will follow the readings.

As fewer and fewer magazines publish short fiction, particularly that written by new and emerging writers, LILITH is proud of it’s ongoing commitment to the form. LILITH Magazine showcases some of the outstanding writers whose work LILITH has published over the past two decades. Read All About It will be chaired by Joyce Goodman, who has helped create and sustain LILITH’s annual fiction prize. Attendees at the June 11 readings will receive a complimentary copy of the magazine’s latest issue, featuring the winner of this year’s fiction contest.

Here are advance profiles of the LILITH fiction writers who will be featured on June 11:

Amy Koppelman’s short story, The Groom, appeared in LILITH last year, and her first novel, A Mouthful of Air, was just published in April by Macadam/Cage. It has already been widely reviewed, and widely praised.

Yona Zeldis McDonough, LILITH’s Fiction Editor, has published short fiction in LILITH as well as in many other literary magazines and reviews. Her novel, The Four Temperaments, was published by Doubleday in 2002. She is the author of numerous children’s books, and edited The Barbie Chronicles: A Living Doll Turns Forty (Touchstone, 1999) and All the Available Light: A Marilyn Monroe Reader (Touchstone, 2002).

Faye Moskowitz is Chair of the English Department at The George Washington University in Washington, DC. She is a former commentator on National Public Radio's All Things Considered, and is author of A Leak in the Heart; Whoever Finds This: I Love You; The Bridge is Love, and Peace in the House. She is the editor of Her Face in the Mirror: Jewish Women on Mothers and Daughters.

Ruth Knafo Setton’s fiction about Jewish women in the Middle East has appeared in LILITH. She is the author of the novel The Road to Fez. The recipient of many literary fellowships, she is the Writer-in-Residence for the Berman Center for Jewish Studies at Lehigh University and the fiction editor of Arts & Letters: A Journal of Contemporary Culture.

A chapter first published as a short story in LILITH led to Riverhead's publication of Katie Singer’s novel, The Wholeness of a Broken Heart. The book was a selection of Barnes & Noble's Discover Great New Writers Program; and it has been translated into three languages, including Hebrew. Singer's next book will be published in January by Avery. She’s now working on a collection of short stories.

Ilana Stanger-Ross is a recent graduate of Temple University's Masters in Fiction program, and a former LILITH intern. Her short story “The Wedding Photographer’s Assistant” appeared in LILITH last year, and is being considered for a film in Australia. She’s currently working on a novel.

For a copy of LILITH Magazine, visit www.Lilith.org or call 1-888-2-LILITH.

Read All About It: LILITH Celebrates the Magazine’s Emerging Literary Stars is part of a series of programs on Jewish women’s issues presented in conjunction with LILITH Magazine: The Voice of Jewish Women, an exhibition celebrating more than 25 years of the award-winning independent Jewish women’s magazine. Before and after the program, participants’ books will be available for sale and signing, along with other selected Jewish women’s books and back issues of LILITH magazine. The exhibition is on view at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion Museum through June 27, 2003. 

In 10 lively and revealing wall panels, the exhibition explores women’s dramatic new roles in Jewish ritual and as rabbis and cantors, the changing face Jewish organizations and philanthropy, the new feminist scholarship, stereotypes, body image, and more. With fine art illustrations for the magazine, original manuscripts, iconic photographs, and memorabilia supporting Jewish women’s roles in the world, the exhibition documents the impact of feminist Jewish journalism during the pivotal years since the magazine began to publish, in 1976.

LILITH, the award-winning, nonprofit, independent national Jewish women’s magazine, has been the voice of feminism for Jews since 1976. Jewish women and girls see new roles for themselves in its investigative reports, edgy scholarship, memoirs, news briefs, original fiction and poetry, reviews and resource listings, and a very lively take on traditions, celebrations, and social change.

Museum Hours: Mondays - Thursdays, 9 am - 5 pm; Fridays, 9 am - 3 pm

Admission: Free. Photo ID required for entrance.

Curated tours for reporters/editors, group tours, and additional information: 
(212) 824-2205.

For further information about this and other programs associated with LILITH Magazine: The Voice of Jewish Women, please call 212-824-2293 or e-mail sschriever@huc.edu


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