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GREAT JEWISH BOOKS LECTURE | Jews, Art, and Inequality: Lee Conell's "The Party Upstairs" with Josh Lambert
Published in the summer of 2020, and set on a single day on the Upper West Side of New York, Lee Conell's dazzling first novel, "The Party Upstairs," is a sharply perceptive, hilarious, and finely pitched study of how the astonishing gaps in income and wealth which characterize recent American history play themselves out in the lives of two Jewish millennial women.

In this talk, Josh Lambert will explore how the novel extends a literary tradition that runs from the Yiddish klasikers through Mike Gold and Grace Paley, and what the novel wants to tell us about the possibilities for meaningful Jewish art in our time.

This live event will be presented via Zoom and will stream live on the Yiddish Book Center's Facebook page. Space is limited. If you’d like to reserve a virtual seat in the Zoom audience, which will allow you to submit questions, registration is required.

The Great Jewish Books Lecture Series gives learners of all ages the opportunity to delve into great works of Jewish literature with top scholars in the field. Each month, a speaker presents a virtual talk focusing on an author or work, followed by a Q&A with the audience. These talks span a wide variety of literary subjects, presenting works written in many languages from classic Yiddish texts to contemporary Jewish American writing.

Mar 23, 2021 07:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Josh Lambert
Josh Lambert is the Sophia Moses Robison Associate Professor of Jewish Studies and English and Director of the Jewish Studies Program at Wellesley College. Books he's written and edited include "American Jewish Fiction: A JPS Guide," "Unclean Lips: Obscenity, Jews, and American Culture," and How Yiddish Changed America and How America Changed Yiddish."