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The Presence of the Absence: Paper is White with Hilary Zaid and Nancy Kates

  • Jewish Community Library 1835 Ellis St San Francisco, CA, 94115 US (map)

Free event with free garage parking on Pierce St between Ellis and Eddy (click here for a map)

Paper is White is the story of Ellen Margolis, a young oral historian of the Holocaust. When
Ellen and her girlfriend decide to get married, Ellen’s search for blessing leads her into a
complicated relationship with a survivor of the Kaunas ghetto. Touching on intergenerational
silence, marriage equality, and the search for identity in queer, Jewish, late-twentieth-century San Francisco, Paper is White is a novel about the gravitational pull of the past and the lengths we must go to in order to make ourselves whole.

Hilary Zaid is an alumna of the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, the Squaw Valley Community
of Writers, and the Tin House Writers’ Workshop. Her short fiction has appeared in Lilith
Magazine, The Southwest Review, The Utne Reader,
and the Santa Monica Review.

Nancy Kates produced and directed the HBO documentary Regarding Susan Sontag and,
with Bennett Singer, produced and directed the award-winning documentary Brother
Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin.
She was named one of 2014’s most intriguing LGBTQ
Americans by Out Magazine.

Co-presented by Congregation Sha’ar Zahav.