March : Mysteries, the Middle East, and Miriam Katin
March is a busy month at Book Culture; we are hosting a number of events both at our 112th street store, and various locations around Manhattan.
An Evening with Nick Hornby—in conversation with Saskia Hamilton on March 6th at 6:15pm at The Kraft Center on Columbia University’s campus. Hornby has written a number of bestselling novels, including High Fidelity and Juliet. The Writing Lives Series is a lecture series at Columbia where authors discuss their work with Professors at Columbia. Nick Hornby will be talking with professor and poet Saskia Hamilton. Hamilton is a professor at Barnard College. She and Hornby will be
Sue Hallgarth reads from her book On the Rocks: A Willa Cather and Edith Lewis Mystery on Thursday, March 7th at 7pm. The novel begins with Willa Cather and her partner Edith Lewis summering on Grand Manan. Cather is at work writing Shadows on the Rock, her tenth novel. Edith is painting watercolors from the cliffs two hundred feet above the rising tides of Whale Cove. Out of the corner of her eye, Edith sees a body plunge from the edge of a cliff to the rocks below. Sue Hallgarth is a novelist and Willa Cather and Edith Lewis scholar. A former faculty member and administrator at Empire State College/State University of New York and William Woods University, she held a fellowship (1994-1995) from the American Council of Learned Societies to work on a biography of Willa Cather.
Rashid Khalidi presents Brokers of Deceit: How the U.S. Has Undermined Peace in the Middle East at 6pm on Tuesday, March 12th. Khalidi closely analyzes three historical moments that illuminate how the United States’ involvement has thwarted progress toward peace between Israel and Palestine. Brokers of Deceit: How the U.S. Has Undermined Peace in the Middle East bares the truth about why peace in the Middle East has been impossible to achieve. Rashid Khalidi is the Edward Said Chair in Arab Studies at Columbia University. He was the Professor of Middle East History and Director of the Center for International Studies at the University of Chicago. He was an advisor to the Palestinian delegation to the Madrid and Washington Arab-Israeli peace negotiations from October 1991 until June 1993.
On Tuesday, March 12th at Pulizter Hall there will be a screening of “The Invisible War” at 7pm followed by a Q&A with professor Helen Benedict. Benedict inspired the film about sexual assault in the US military with her articles and book The Lonely Soldier. “The Invisible War” was nominated for an Oscar this year. To attend the screening you have to RSVP here.
Miriam Katin discusses her book Letting it Go on March 21st at 7pm. A Holocaust survivor and mother, Katin’s world is turned upside down by the news that her adult son is moving to Berlin, a city she’s villainized for the past forty years. Miriam Katin’s storytelling and artistic skills in Letting it Go allow her to explore a voice and perspective like no other found in the medium. Mariam Katin was born in Hungary during WWII. She immigrated to Israel in 1957, where she served in the Israel Defense Forces as a graphic artist. She worked as a background designer for Ein Gedi Films in Israel as well as MTV Animation, and Disney Studios.
On March 27th at 6:30 Kimberley Johnson, associate professor of political science at Barnard, moderates a panel discussion with Rickie Solinger, and Dorian Warren on “For the Public Good: Democratic Citizenship and The Public Good,” a photo exhibit documenting the legacy of FDR’s New Deal reforms. Rickie Solinger is the historian and curator if “Claiming Citizenship: African Americans and New Deal Photography” and Dorian Warren, associate professor of international and public affairs at Columbia University’s School for International and Public Affairs. They are using the New Deal to address the challenges of the 21st century.