The author is noted for chronicling the lives of Jews as they struggle with and against the history of a century.
November 11, 2002 GENEVA, N.Y. – Author Melvin Jules Bukiet will give a reading of his recent fiction at 7:30 p.m. on Thurs., Nov. 21, in the Geneva Room of the Warren Hunting Smith Library at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. The reading is free and the public is invited.
Combining fable, theology and myth, Bukiet’s fiction, by turns magical and mundane, tragic and comic, is remarkable for the breadth of its concern and the depth of its vision. His stories travel from contemporary Israel to Holocaust-era Europe, from Poland to Manhattan, chronicling the lives of Jews as they struggle with and against the history of a century.
Bukiet is the recipient of the prestigious Edward Lewis Wallant Award for Jewish literature – an award also received by author Chaim Potok, among others. His works, which have been translated into six languages, include Sandman's Dust, Stories of an Imaginary Childhood, While the Messiah Tarries, After, and most recently the novels Signs and Wonders and Strange Fire. He is also the editor of the anthologies Neurotica and Nothing Makes You Free. His fiction has appeared in the Paris Review and other magazines, his nonfiction in the New York Times, The Nation and elsewhere. Currently, he serves as a member of the writing faculty at Sarah Lawrence College and lives in New York City.
Bukiet’s reading will be followed by a dessert reception and book signing in the Geneva Room lobby. Several of his books, including After, Neurotica, Stories of an Imaginary Childhood and Nothing Makes You Free, are available through the Colleges’ bookstore. Prior to his reading, Bukiet will participate in a question-and-answer session with students. His visit has been made possible by Writer’s Reading and the Faculty Speaker’s series of Hobart and William Smith Colleges.