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“We are all the heroes of the stories of our own lives, but the women of the Bible aren’t given the chance to play those roles… what are their stories? How would they think? What would they say if we gave them a chance to speak?” asks Michal Lemberger. An author panel, featuring Jonathan Kirsch, Michal Lemberger, and Paul Boorstin will explore the perils of reinterpreting Biblical stories, and how they create a tapestry of meaning, breathing new life into a skeletal narrative of these women who are only mentioned in name. How do we respond to the challenge of writing modern midrash, knowing that we are interpreting the stories and teachings of Torah through modern lenses? Join us as we present three local authors as they discuss writing both fiction and non-fiction while using the Bible as their source material.
JONATHAN KIRSCH is the author of thirteen books, including eight books of history and biography, two novels and two books on publishing law. Kirsch is an attorney specializing in intellectual property and publishing law, the book editor of The Jewish Journal, a longtime book reviewer for the Los Angeles Times, a guest commentator for NPR affiliates KCRW-FM and KPCC-FM in Southern California, and an Adjunct Professor on the faculty of New York University’s Professional Publishing Program.
MICHAL LEMBERGER, PhD., is the author of After Abel and Other Stories, which was a National Jewish Book Award finalist, Honorable Mention for the American Library Association’s Sophie Brody Medal, finalist for the Goldberg Prize for Debut Fiction, and a National Jewish Book Club pick. She holds an MA and PhD in English from UCLA and a BA in English and Religion from Barnard College. She has taught the Hebrew Bible as Literature at UCLA and American Jewish University.
PAUL BOORSTIN is the author of David and the Philistine Woman, his first novel. He is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and screenwriter whose work has appeared on Discovery, A&E and the History Channel, as well as on NBC, ABC and CBS. He has traveled around the world making documentaries for National Geographic, and his screenplays have been produced as motion pictures by Paramount and 20th Century Fox.