February 5, 2001
Contact: Jennifer McNulty (831) 459-2495; firstname.lastname@example.org
NOTED JEWISH WRITER HEADLINES HOLOCAUST LITERATURE CONFERENCE FEB. 23
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SANTA CRUZ, CA--Author and Israeli political activist David Grossman will headline
a one-day conference on Holocaust literature that is free and open to the public
on Friday, February 23, at the University of California, Santa Cruz. The conference,
Reading Holocaust Literature: David Grossman and Contemporary Writing, will take
place at Kresge College on the UCSC campus. Advance registration is required; please
call (831) 459-1225 to register and for detailed schedule information.
"What is going to happen to Holocaust research, teaching, and healing when all
the survivors are gone?" asked UCSC English professor Murray Baumgarten, co-holder
of the Neufeld-Levin Holocaust Endowed Chair, describing the theme of the gathering.
"We are fortunate to have David Grossman and other leading authors visit our
campus to share their insights with us."
Grossman is the author of See Under: LOVE, a landmark Holocaust novel called
"wickedly readable" and "one of the most disturbing novels I've ever
read" by Edmund White in the New York Times Book Review. The novel, which
will serve as the basis for the conference's first panel discussion, tells the story
of Momik, the only child of two Holocaust survivors, who experiences the world of
pain and love despite his best efforts to avoid it.
Grossman and British writer Clive Sinclair, author of numerous books that include
Bedbugs, Augustus Rex, and Cosmetic Effects, will participate
in the morning panel discussion on contemporary Holocaust literature from 9:30 to
11 a.m. The afternoon discussion from 1:30 to 4 p.m. will focus on See Under:
LOVE and will feature a panel of writers, scholars, and graduate students, including
authors Sidra DeKoven Ezrahi of Hebrew University, John Felstiner of Stanford University,
and Michael Thaler of UC San Francisco. Panelists include first-, second-, and third-generation
Grossman, a third-generation survivor, is one of Israel's most important contemporary
writers. His new novel is The Zigzag Kid, although he is best known in the
United States for his political commentary in the New York Times and for his
nonfiction, including The Yellow Wind, which is based on his three-month stay
on the West Bank in 1987--a book that remains one of the most popular and controversial
books in Israel.
The UCSC conference, which is sponsored by the Neufeld-Levin Holocaust Endowed Chair
and the Helen and Sanford Diller Family Endowment for Jewish Studies at UC Santa
Cruz, coincides with the opening week of the San Francisco production of See Under:
LOVE, an award-winning theatrical adaptation by A Traveling Jewish Theater. The
play runs February 15-March 25 at ATJT's Theatre at Project Artaud. For more information
about the performance, call (415) 399-1809.
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