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November 7 @ 1 PM EST – ZOOM

November 7, 2022 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

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Author: Jai Chakrabarti – Virtual

A Play For the End of the World: A Novel

Moderator: Professor Karla Goldman


A Play for the End of the World begins with an impos­si­ble ques­tion, “‘How do you help a child in this world? How do you teach him about what’s to come? The after­life?’” Pan Dok­tor, head of an orphan­age in the War­saw Ghet­to, asks this ques­tion as he intro­duces the play that attempts to answer it by invok­ing the pow­er of imag­i­na­tion. The chil­dren of the orphan­age per­form it four days before depor­ta­tions begin. Only two sur­vive, Jaryk and Misha.

Jai Chakrabar­ti is the author of the nov­el A Play for the End of the World (Knopf), which won the Nation­al Jew­ish Book Award for debut fic­tion and is long-list­ed for the PEN/​Faulkner Award. He is the author of the forth­com­ing sto­ry col­lec­tion A Small Sac­ri­fice for an Enor­mous Hap­pi­ness (Knopf, 2023). His short fic­tion has appeared in numer­ous jour­nals and has been anthol­o­gized in The O. Hen­ry Prize Sto­ries, The Best Amer­i­can Short Sto­ries, and award­ed a Push­cart Prize. He was an Emerg­ing Writer Fel­low with A Pub­lic Space and received an MFA in Cre­ative Writ­ing from Brook­lyn Col­lege and is a trained com­put­er sci­en­tist. Born in Kolkata, India, he now lives in New York with his family.

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November 7, 2022
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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