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Sunday, March 6 • 12:00pm - 12:50pm
The Magic of Fiction: Why One Writer Chose to Write a Novel about Anti-Israelism on Campus

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My recent book, Fields of Exile, is the first novel about anti-Israelism on campus, and the question I am most frequently asked about it is why I chose to write a novel on this difficult topic, rather than a non-fiction book. This is not surprising, given that Fields of Exile contains a considerable amount of intellectual content — so much so that both Phyllis Chesler and Thane Rosenbaum have called Fields of Exile a “novel of ideas.” In this talk, I will discuss some of the reasons why I elected to approach a complex contemporary issue through fiction rather than through nonfiction. In addition, I will reflect on how the activism and research that I did on the topic of anti-Israelism prior to writing this novel both helped my book and created some special challenges for it. I will also comment on the “usefulness” or “uselessness” of books, and whether or not fiction (or art in general) can — or should — play a role in trying to promote social change. Finally, I will relate some of these issues to my new novel, The Dead Man, which will be published in April 2016.

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Nora Gold

Dr. Nora Gold is a writer, activist, and the creator and editor of the prestigious online literary journal, Jewish Fiction .net. Gold’s novel Fields of Exile won the 2015 Canadian Jewish Literary Award, and was also the recipient of high praise, including from Cynthia Ozick, Phyllis... Read More →

Sunday March 6, 2016 12:00pm - 12:50pm EST