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When Is a Story True? With Joel ben Izzy and Andrew Ramer

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

Free admission with free garage parking on Pierce Street between Ellis and Eddy streets.

Michael Chabon’s novel Moonglow presents as a memoir, but how much of the book is actually true? And even if an unknowable number of plot points is invented, is there a bigger truth to be told in this award-winning novel? In this One Bay One Book event, two Bay Area authors and storytellers will explore these and other questions in a program that will include readings from their new books.

Joel ben Izzy has told stories and led workshops in thirty-five countries, has produced six recorded collections of his stories, and works as a story consultant to organizations and individuals who seek to better the world. He is author of the memoir The Beggar King and the Secret of Happiness, which is published in seventeen languages, and the middle-grade novel Dreidels on the Brain, a 2016 National Jewish Book Award finalist.

Andrew Ramer is an ordained maggid (sacred storyteller) and the author of numerous books and articles including Queering the Text: Biblical, Medieval, and Modern Jewish Stories. A liturgy writer, a number of his prayers and poems appear in the siddur of Congregation Sha'ar Zahav. His new book, Torah Told Different, expands on midrash (Jewish legends based on biblical text) and invents additional Jewish texts from which spring new midrash.

Program made possible, in part, by Tricia Hellman Gibbs. Co-presented by Congregation Sha'ar Zahav.