KGB: A THIN GREEN LINE - Nir Baram in conversation with Gal Beckerman

October 25, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Acclaimed author Nir Baram spent eighteen months traveling around the West Bank and East Jerusalem. In his reportage-styled travelogue of that journey, A Land Without Border, he navigates the conflict-ridden territory to speak with a wide range of people, among them Palestinian–Israeli citizens trapped behind the separation wall, Jewish settlers determined to forge new lives and Palestinian ex-prisoners who, after spending half their lives in Israeli prison, are now promoting peace initiatives. Far from an indifferent spectator, Baram, born to a political family in Jerusalem, wanders compassionately through a labyrinth of colliding voices to face painful challenges to his political views and ultimately his deep-rooted belief in the viability of the two-state solution.

Join us for a special discussion and Q&A on the book with Nir Baram and prize-winning author and journalist Gal Beckerman.

Nir Baram is the author of five novels, including The Remaker of Dreams, Good People, and World Shadow. His novels have been translated into 13 languages and received critical acclaims around the world. Baram has been shortlisted several times for the Sapir Prize in Israel, for the Premio Roma culture prize for foreign literature, and in 2010 received the Israeli Prime Minister’s Award for Writers. His most recent book, A Land Without Border (translated by Jessica Cohen, Text Publishing, 2017), was met with enthusiastic reviews.

Gal Beckerman is an author and journalist. Currently an editor at The New York Times Book Review, he has worked at The Forward and the Columbia Journalism Review and written for many publications, including The Washington Post, New Republic and Wall Street Journal. He has been a fellow at the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in Berlin and was also the recipient of a Pulitzer Traveling Fellowship from the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. His first book, When They Come for Us, We’ll Be Gone, a history of the Soviet Jewry movement, was awarded the National Jewish Book Award and the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature, as well as being named a book of the year by The Washington Post and the New Yorker.

This is the opening event for the festival THE SEVENTH DAY: ISRAELI LITERATURE FIFTY YEARS AFTER THE SIX-DAY WAR. Festival Director: Hanan Elstein.
Presented and produced by 14th Street Y (Arts + Culture and DJL). Co-sponsored by Consulate General of Israel in New York. Supported by the Jewish Book Council and Tablet Magazine.