Allegra Goodman to speak at Ziskind Memorial Lecture New Bedford 2022

New York Times bestselling author Allegra Goodman will be the guest speaker at this year’s Rabbi Bernard H. and Minna Ziskind Memorial Lecture.

The annual event will be held Sunday, June 12 at 7 p.m. at Congregation Tifereth Israel, 145 Brownell Ave., New Bedford.

“I will talk about my work as a Jewish American writer, as well as my writing process,” Goodman said. The Herald’s News.

Goodman and her husband, David Karger, are based in Cambridge.

She was born in Brooklyn and raised in Hawaii. She attended Harvard University for her undergraduate studies and later earned her doctorate in English Literature from Stanford University.

Goodman’s work spans everything from short stories and novels to essays and reviews, and she’s also written for different age groups, including a novel for young readers, “The Other Side of the Isle”.

His work also features Jewish characters navigating the waters of faith and family; they are works rich in human dramas and experiences.

Goodman’s most recent novel was 2017’s “The Chalk Artist”.

In this book, Goodman “addresses her own faith in the power of literature and teaching. She pits the very real benefits of forging a deep understanding of the human condition through careful reading of great literature against the addictive world immersive but impersonal of virtual reality video games,” writes book reviewer Heller McAlpin for NPR.

His other novels include “Intuition”, “The Cookbook Collector”, “Paradise Park”, and “Kaaterskill Falls”, among others. She also has collections of short stories: “The Family Markowitz” and “Total Immersion”.

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Real-life inspiration often finds its way into Goodman’s work. His sister, Paula Fraenkel, is an oncologist, and her background in research labs is one of the inspirations for her 2006 novel “Intuition.”

Goodman’s essays and reviews have appeared in numerous publications, including The New York Times Book Review, The Wall Street Journal, The New Republic, The Boston Globe, and The American Scholar.

She won the Whiting Award for Fiction in 1991 and also won the Salon Award for Fiction.

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And she has more work coming soon:

“My new novel is called ‘SAM.’ It comes out in January 2023,” she said.

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Angela C. Hale