Monday, May 18, 7:30 PM
Joint Reading: In Time of War
Sara Nović presents Girl At War
Jonathan Papernick presents The Book of Stone
Two New York authors present their novels about the effects of war and conflict on families and identity. Sara Nović is the fiction editor at Blunderbuss Magazine; she teaches writing at Columbia University and FIT. Her debut novel Girl At War is the story of Ana, a ten-year-old in Zagreb when Croatia’s civil war begins, and the ways in which the legacy of the war haunts her even after she moves to the United States. Jonathan Papernick has earned critical acclaim for his short story collections The Ascent of Eli Israel and Other Stories and There is No Other. His new novel, The Book of Stone, is an arresting psychological thriller set in pre-9/11 Brooklyn, where an estranged son attempts to find meaning and purpose to his life as his family’s dark history is peeled back, layer by layer, against the backdrop of religious extremism. Nović and Papernick discuss their work at tonight’s reading and discussion.