Tribute to Isaac Babel: Val Vinokur, Rajiv Joseph

October 29, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Val Vinokur reads from his book of translations: Isaac Babel: The Essential Fictions
Rajiv Joseph: a dramatic reading of his new play, “Describe the Night”

VAL VINOKUR has been published in such venues as Common Knowledge, The Boston Review, McSweeney’s, LitHub, The Russian Review, Zeek, The Massachusetts Review, Journal of Religion and Society, The Literary Review, and New American Writing. His book, “The Trace of Judaism: Dostoevsky, Babel, Mandelstam, Levinas,” was published by Northwestern University Press and was a finalist for the 2009 AATSEEL Award for Best Book in Literary/Cultural Studies. He has also received a Guggenheim Fellowship in support of his and Rose-Myriam Réjouis’ translation of Marie Vieux-Chauvet’s trilogy Amour, Colere et Folie—a lost classic of Haitian literature—for Random House Modern Library (2009). Rejouis and Vinokur have also translated two novels by Patrick Chamoiseau, Solibo Magnificent and Texaco (Pantheon Books, 1997). His translation of Isaac Babel’s stories will be available fall 2017 from Northwestern University Press.

Rajiv Joseph is a Pulitzer Prize finalist and an award-winning playwright. Rajiv has been called “daring, magnificent, and virtuosic” by the L.A. Times.Rajiv Joseph wrote Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo (a 2010 finalist for the Pulitzer Prize), Huck and Holden, Gruesome Playground Injuries, Animals Out of Paper, The Monster at the Door, and The North Pool. He is the book-writer and co-lyricist for the upcoming musical, Fly, adapted from JM Barrie’s novel, Peter Pan. Rajiv Joseph received his BA in Creative Writing from Miami University and his MFA in Playwriting from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. He served for three years in the Peace Corps in Senegal, West Africa.
Rajiv has been awarded a United States Artists Grant, the Whiting Award, the Glickman Award, and the National Endowment for the Arts Outstanding New American Play grant. He is currently a writer on the Showtime television series Nurse Jackie.

Actors will perform a dramatic reading of his play, “Describe the Night”.

“Rajiv Joseph is an artist of original talent.” —New York Times

About the Series: KGB Bar Sunday Night Fiction

The KGB Bar Sunday Night Fiction showcases the finest in contemporary fiction from new and emerging writers.

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