Albert, Gilmore, and Schwarzschild re-define Jewish literature at Brooklyn Book Festival
Taking the stage at the Brooklyn Book Festival 2007 for an event titled The Great American Jewish Novel: Writers Shaking Up The Tradition, Elisa Albert, Jennifer Gilmore, and Edward Schwarzschild demonstrated why they were selected for the event with readings from their work in the shadow of the only known statue of Henry Ward Beecher, a nineteenth century Brooklyn activist, who shook things up in his day. Elisa Albert gave a preview of the first chapter from her forthcoming first novel The Book of Dahlia (Free Press; March, 2008), establishing Dahlia's character and circumstances, mixing traditional Jewish guilt and angst with a dose of modern ennui. Jennifer Gilmore read from her debut novel, a New York Times Notable Book of 2006, Golden Country (Harvest Books; September, 2007), looking back on another era of immigrant Jewish life, spanning 1920-1960 in Brooklyn, an era of gangsters, inventors, and dreamers. Edward Schwarzschild read from a short story titled Irreversible from his new collection called The Family Diamond (Algonquin Books; September, 2007), about a supernatural event in the finest tradition of Jewish literature, told with a decidely modern skepticism.
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