Seeking Humanity in Unknown Worlds

Thu. March 22, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM


100 5th Street NE, Charlottesville, VA 22902


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Dalia Rosenfeld (The Worlds We Think We Know) and Tom Sleigh (The Land Between Two Rivers) discuss their stories, essays and perspectives drawn from far-flung locations.

Why should you attend?

“Outstanding . . . Set in locales including present-day Jerusalem, the permafrost region of Russia and the streets of Manhattan, Rosenfeld’s best stories focus not only on loss, but on its aftermath: living in the presence of absence. Reprising this theme underscores a common truth about exits: when one person leaves, another gets left behind. But millennia after the Israelites fled from Egypt, is there anything fresh to say about the subject? Turns out, when it comes to Rosenfeld’s fiction, there is. . . . All the old literary tropes that get bent and burnished by [Rosenfeld] feel at once familiar and strange, fathomable and mysterious.”―Haaretz

“…[Sleigh’s]…stories from these war-torn places are sharply observed and humane. . . . The second half of the book is a remarkable critical memoir, in which Sleigh writes perceptively about some of his poet heroes . . . . What emerges is a uniquely personal take on the responsibilities of the poet and the potential for language to be ‘a form of care.’”―Publishers Weekly, starred review