112th: Helen Benedict with Joan Silber

Event date: 
04/11/2024 - 7:00pm

Please join us Thursday, April 11th at 7pm for a reading and conversation to celebrate the release of The Good Deed with the authorHelen Benedict. Joan Silber will join as moderator. 

In order to facilitate this in-person author event, we will be partially closing the second floor starting at 6:45pm. Please review our Safety guidelines and register for the event using the link below. 


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Helen Benedict would like to dedicate this event to The International Refugee Assistance Project, a global legal aid and advocacy organization working to create a world where everyone has a safe place to live and a safe way to get there. https://refugeerights.org

Helen Benedict, a professor at Columbia University, is the author of seven previous novels, six books of nonfiction, and a play. Her newest novel, The Good Deed, comes out of the research she conducted for her 2022 nonfiction book, Map of Hope and Sorrow, which earned PEN's Jean Stein Grant for Literary Oral History in 2021. Benedict's previous novel, Wolf Season, received a starred review in Library Journal, which wrote, “In a book that deserves the widest attention, Benedict ‘follows the war home,’ engaging readers with an insightful story right up until the gut-wrenching conclusion.” Benedict's 2011 novel, Sand Queen, was named a “Best Contemporary War Novel” by Publishers Weekly. A recipient of the Ida B. Wells Award for Bravery in Journalism, and the James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism for her exposure of sexual predation in the military, she is also the author of The Lonely Soldier: The Private War of Women Serving in Iraq. Her writings inspired a class action suit against the Pentagon on behalf of those sexually assaulted in the military and the 2012 Oscar-nominated documentary, The Invisible War. Her nonfiction books on sexual assault have been translated into Czech and Hungarian, where they were the first books on the subject ever to be published in those countries. My books have been translated into seven languages.

Joan Silber is the author of nine books of fiction, and the most recent is Secrets of Happiness. Her novel, Improvement, won the National Book Critics Circle Award and the PEN/Faulkner Award. She also received the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in the Short Story. Fools was longlisted for the National Book Award and a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award, The Size of the World was a finalist for the LA Times Fiction Prize, and Ideas of Heaven was a finalist for the National Book Award and the Story Prize. She is also the author of The Art of Time in Fiction. She lives in New York, taught for many years at Sarah Lawrence College, and in the Warren Wilson MFA Program. Her website is joansilber.net.

Event address: 
Book Culture
536 W 112th St
New York, NY 10025
The Good Deed By Helen Benedict Cover Image
ISBN: 9781636281124
Availability: On hand at one or more locations, see product page for details
Published: Red Hen Press - April 9th, 2024

Secrets of Happiness: A Novel By Joan Silber Cover Image
ISBN: 9781640095311
Availability: On hand at one or more locations, see product page for details
Published: Counterpoint - June 7th, 2022