Behind City of a Thousand Gates: Author Talk
Rebecca Sacks’ debut novel, City of A Thousand Gates, explores the emotional reality of contemporary life in the West Bank and the hardships of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict where violence is routine and survival a luxury.
Join this conversation to discover the stories behind the novel and this emerging literary voice.
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Rebecca Sacks is a graduate of the Programs in Writing at the University of California, Irvine. She is the recipient of a 2020 Elizabeth George Foundation award, a 2019 Canada Council for the Arts grant, and the Joseph F. McCrindle Foundation’s 2019 Henfield Prize in fiction writing. She has been awarded fellowships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Juniper Summer Writing Institute, and the Mellon-Sawyer Documenting War Seminar Series. After graduating from Dartmouth College, she worked for several years at Vanity Fair before moving to Tel Aviv to pursue a Master of Arts in Jewish Studies. She has written dispatches from Tel Aviv and Jerusalem for publications including the Paris Review Daily. This is her first novel.
Deb Engel Kollin serves as the Relationship Manager for the Miller Introduction to Judaism Progrsm. Deb previously spent twelve years as Director of Operations for Pressman Academy, and has worked in various settings in Los Angeles and Israel as a Jewish educator and community builder for decades. She holds an MA in Jewish Education from American Jewish University.