Book Talk and -Signing: “The Beauty Queen of Jerusalem: Intergenerational Tension, Forbidden Love & Questions of Identity in 20th Century Israel –11/7 at 8 p.m.

The Beauty Queen of Jerusalem: Intergenerational Tension, Forbidden Love and Questions of Identity in 20th Century Israel will conclude the series Contemporary Israeli Voices, 2016. Sarit Yisha-Levi’s first novel The Beauty Queen of Jerusalem, became a best seller in Israel, received the Publisher’s Association’s Gold and Platinum Prizes in 2014 as well as the Steimatzky Prize for the best-selling book of the year (2014). Recently, it was also made into a feature film. The author’s Sephardic family living in Jerusalem for seven generations, inspired this novel.

Here is a short description taken from the Institute for the translation of Hebrew Literature.

This Israeli bestseller is a multi-generational saga of Jerusalem, extending from the early 20th century when the Turks ruled Palestine, through the years of the British Mandate and the establishment of the State of Israel, to the early 1970s. It is the story of the Ermoza family, respected Sephardic Jews who own a delicatessen in the Jerusalem market. The narrator is Gabriela, the wild, rebellious daughter of Luna, known as “The Beauty Queen of Jerusalem.” Gabriela gradually reveals the family secrets and lies, but mainly the inner strengths that family members have to summon in order to overcome the ups and downs of life along the way.

The novel received enthusiastic reviews such as:

Exquisitely rich in history and detail… Poignant and intriguing book.  Historical Novel Society

Fans of Gabriel Garcia Marquez will find much to love in “The Beauty Queen of Jerusalem.”  The narrative is lush and rife with scandalous secrets of a passionately opinionated family that might find it easier to free themselves from the clutches of war, than from the Ermoza curse inflicted upon them. The Jewish Journal

Passion and the grand sweep of history permeate this dazzling you-cannot-put-it-down novel about four generations of astonishing women–and the men in their family who just might be cursed by love. So rich and vibrant, that every page seems to virtually breathe.  Author Caroline Leavitt 

The event will take place on Monday, November 7 at 8PM at Russell House. All are welcome. A reception and book signing will follow.

Sponsored by the Center for Jewish Studies

Talk and Book-Signing: “Policing the Planet: Why the Policing Crisis Led to Black Lives Matter” — 11/9 at 4:30 p.m.

This coming week, the Friends of the Library Board will host an event on November 9th at 4:30pm for a talk by Christina Heatherton and Jordan Camp on their new edited volume, Policing the Planet: Why the Policing Crisis Led to Black Lives Matter. The gathering will be held in the in the Smith Reading Room at Olin Library and include Q & A, as well as book signing afterward.

Also, there will be an open house in the Special Collections & Archives room with rare materials related to the history of policing and incarceration. The open house will be on that same day/evening from 4-4:30pm and again from 6-7pm.

Info on the book:

Info on the guest speakers:

Christina Heatherton is an Assistant Professor in American Studies at Trinity College. She is completing her first book, The Color Line and the Class Struggle: The Mexican Revolution, Internationalism, and the American Century (University of California Press, forthcoming). With Jordan T. Camp she recently edited Policing the Planet: Why the Policing Crisis Led to Black Lives Matter (Verso Books, 2016). Her work appears in places such as American Quarterly, Interface, The Rising Tides of Color: Race, State Violence, and Radical Movements Across the Pacific, edited by Moon-Ho Jung (University of Washington Press, 2014) and Feminists Rethink the  Neoliberal State: Inequality, Exclusion and Change, edited by Leela Fernandes (New York University Press, forthcoming). With Jordan T. Camp she previously co-edited Freedom Now! Struggles for the Human Right to Housing in LA and Beyond (Freedom Now Books, 2012). She is the editor of Downtown Blues: A Skid Row Reader (Freedom Now Books, 2011).

Jordan T. Camp is a postdoctoral fellow in the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America and the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs at Brown. He is the author of Incarcerating the Crisis: Freedom Struggles and the Rise of the Neoliberal State (University of California Press, 2016), co-editor (with Christina Heatherton) of Policing the Planet: Why the Policing Crisis Led to Black Lives Matter (Verso, 2016), and co-editor (with Laura Pulido) of Clyde A. Woods’ book, Development Drowned and Reborn: The Blues and Bourbon Restorations in Post-Katrina New Orleans (University of Georgia Press, forthcoming). He earned his Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and has previously held teaching appointments, postdoctoral fellowships, or visiting positions at Princeton, University of Massachusetts-Lowell, California State University-Long Beach, and UCLA.


Aimee Meredith Cox: The Ethnography of Writing Yourself In…and Out — 4/25, 7:15 p.m.

Key Issues in Black Feminism Presents #BlackGirl Magic

Aimee Meredith Cox

The Ethnography of Writing Yourself In…and Out

Shapeshifters:  Black Girls and the Choreography of Citizenship

Monday, April 24, 2016  7:15 p.m.

Beckham Hall

Book signing to follow.  Light refreshments will be served.

Co-sponsored by:

Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life; Anthropology Department; Feminism, Gender and Sexuality Studies; Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program; Office of Equity & Inclusion; and The Ethics Project