With a nod to the salons of women like Rahel Varnhagen and Gertrude Stein, Nextbook presents its own take on the intimate drawing-room experience - an evening of poetry, memoir, and music. Ilana Blumberg, finalist for the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature, reads from Houses of Study: A Jewish Woman Among Books, in which she explores the fragile intersection between Jewish tradition and secular wisdom. Poet Dina Elenbogen delves into Israel, motherhood, and political activism with poems from her collection Apples of the Earth. And musician, composer, and producer Stuart Rosenberg presents a concert of music inspired by the Jewish poets of Moorish Spain.
Recorded Thursday, January 17, 2008 at Madron Gallery of American Art.