Friday, July 17, 2009

Weekend (and Monday) Fun

Shootings aside, Franklin Avenue is a blast in the summer! The Franklin Sterling Flea Market will be going strong on Saturday (check out photos and stories from last week’s market at Nostrand Park), and on Monday, the Franklin Park Reading Series returns with an eclectic lineup of locally-based writers reading their work. The event will feature drink specials, so be sure to swing by!

The authors reading are Erin Einhorn, a NY-based journalist whose book The Pages in Between tells her family’s own story of Holocaust survival, Alice Feiring, an award-winning wine writer whose latest work is a challenge to the homogenization of the industry, Teddy Wayne, whose novel Kapitoil (due in April 2010) is a darkly comic portrait of American capitalism in NYC as lived and observed by a 26-year-old Qatari programmer, and Brooklyn’s own Alyssa Pinsker, a writer and teacher who currently edits Pomp and Circumstance.

I thoroughly enjoyed the last event (many thanks to Penina Roth for organizing and Franklin Park for hosting), and I’m looking forward to this one. See you there!

1 comment:

  1. Sometimes authors use a novel or screenplay to support political or social beliefs; or to cry out for morality and ethical principles. This is no more clearly evident than with Holocaust books and films. Whenever we stand up to those who deny or minimize the Holocaust, or to those who support genocide we send a critical message to the world.

    We live in an age of vulnerability. Holocaust deniers ply their mendacious poison everywhere, especially with young people on the Internet. We know from captured German war records that millions of innocent Jews (and others) were systematically exterminated by Nazi Germany - most in gas chambers. Holocaust books and films help to tell the true story of the Shoah, combating anti-Semitic historical revision. And, they protect future generations from making the same mistakes.

    I wrote "Jacob's Courage" to promote Holocaust education. This coming of age love story presents accurate scenes and situations of Jews in ghettos and concentration camps, with particular attention to Theresienstadt and Auschwitz. It examines a constellation of emotions during a time of incomprehensible brutality. A world that continues to allow genocide requires such ethical reminders and remediation.

    Many authors feel compelled to use their talent to promote moral causes. Holocaust books and movies carry that message globally, in an age when the world needs to learn that genocide is unacceptable. Such authors attempt to show the world that religious, racial, ethnic and gender persecution is wrong; and that tolerance is our progeny's only hope.

    Charles Weinblatt
    Author, "Jacob's Courage"