September 17, 2010 Israeli Writer and Director Michal Govrin to Speak at the Library on Oct. 18

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The search for meaning in a post-Holocaust world is the theme of many of the stories, essays and legends that comprise “Hold on to the Sun” by Michal Govrin.

The Israeli writer and director will discuss her work at the Library of Congress at noon on Monday, Oct. 18 in the African and Middle Eastern Division Reading Room, Room 220 of the Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First Street S.E., Washington, D.C.

Newly translated from Hebrew to English, “Hold on to the Sun” is a kaleidoscope of haunting stories, which capture both the depths of denial and the exuberance of youth in the post World War II-era.

The event is sponsored by the Hebraic Section of the African and Middle Eastern Division and the Hyman S. and Freda Bernstein Jewish Literary Festival, District of Columbia Jewish Community Center. The event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited.

Govrin is an internationally acclaimed writer and theater director whose multi-faceted talents have earned her an important place in contemporary Israeli culture. She has won numerous literary prizes for her works of prose and poetry, and was recently named as one of the most influential writers of the past 30 years by the Salon du Livre. Her pioneering productions of Jewish experimental theater have been performed in all the major theaters in Israel. Among her many theatrical achievements are a world-premiere dramatization of Samuel Beckett’s “Mercier and Camier” and a stage adaptation of Martin Buber’s “Gog and Magog,” considered one of the groundbreaking works of contemporary Israeli theater.

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PR 10-208
ISSN 0731-3527