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Book Talk: Women, History and “The Weight of Ink”

Hosted By: Orange County Jewish Community Scholar Program ("CSP")

Join us for a discussion with acclaimed author Rachel Kadish about her novel “The Weight of Ink” — a literary page-turner about two women living centuries apart.

Set in London of the 1660s and the early twenty-first century, “The Weight of Ink” is the interwoven tale of two women of remarkable intellect: Ester Velasquez, an emigrant from Amsterdam who is permitted to scribe for a blind rabbi, just before the plague hits the city; and Helen Watt, an ailing historian with a love of Jewish history. Electrifying and ambitious, sweeping in scope and intimate in tone, “The Weight of Ink” is a sophisticated work of historical fiction about women separated by centuries, and the choices and sacrifices they must make in order to reconcile the life of the heart and mind.

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Rachel Kadish

Rachel Kadish is the author of the novels The Weight of Ink, From a Sealed Room and Tolstoy Lied: a Love Story, as well as the novella I Was Here. Her short fiction has been read on National Public Radio and appeared in the Pushcart Prize Anthology, and her essays have appeared in The New York Times, Salon and Tin House. She has been the Koret Writer-in-Residence at Stanford University and a fellow of the National Endowment for the Arts, and has won the National Jewish Book Award, the Association of Jewish Libraries' Fiction Award, and the John Gardner Fiction Award. She lives outside Boston and teaches in Lesley University's MFA Program in Creative Writing.
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Orange County Jewish Community Scholar Program ("CSP")

The Orange County Jewish Community Scholar Program (“CSP”) is a program offering adult Jewish education and family Jewish celebrations.
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