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Past Events

Edith Pearlman: The Art of the Short Story
Edith Pearlman , Chair: Mekella Broomberg
Wednesday, 27 February 2013

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Chair: Mekella Broomberg

“Edith Pearlman has been a secret much too long,” says author Ann Patchett of this Boston-based writer of fiction and non-fiction, whose work, while prolific and garlanded, remains relatively unknown.

“To that great list of human mysteries which includes the construction of the pyramids and the persistent use of Styrofoam as a packing material, let me add this one: why isn’t Edith Pearlman famous?...” says Patchett in the foreword to Binocular Vision: New & Selected Stories.

Jewish Book Week 2013 was the launch of Pearlman's work in the UK.

In a conversation with Mekella Broomberg about the art of the short story she explained how this collection of both her favourite and brand new stories explores the Jewish diaspora and the complexities of loyalty and love, her interest in character, accommodation and dilemma. In the stories, heroes, heroines and singletons face marriage, family, death and betrayal.

Edith Pearlman has created more than 250 works of short fiction and short non-fiction in the United States and her work will be published in Britain for the first time in February 2013. Binocular Vision won the National Book Critics Circle Award in the US and was a finalist for the 2011 National Book Award. Pearlman is the recipient of the PEN/Malamud award.

Mekella Broomberg was Curator of Jewish Book Week

To buy this book from Blackwell's, click here. Ten per cent of the proceeds of book sales through Blackwell's benefit Jewish Book Week.

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