As part of our 21st Century Jewish Writing and the World Series, the Program in Jewish Culture & Society welcomed author Ayelet Tsabari, who gave a workshop, read from her latest collection of memoir essays, The Art of Leaving, and participated in two interviews with Professor Brett Ashley Kaplan. You can see the interview published in The Ninth Letter here. While on campus, Tsabari was also interviewed for the Daily Illini. You can link to the resulting article here. On this busy trip, Tsabari gave a talk at the Standard Club in Chicago at the invitation of the Jewish Federation of Chicago.
Tsabari is an Israeli-Canadian with family roots in Yemen whose debut story collection, The Best Place on Earth (2013), won the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature, and the Edward Lewis Wallant Award. It was also a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice, Kirkus Review’s Best Debut Fiction of 2016, was nominated for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award, and has been published internationally to great acclaim.