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PEN America Virtual Author’s Evening with Max Gross

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Date: Tuesday, March 9, 2021
Time: 7:00pm ET / 4:00pm PT
Location: Zoom
Donation to Attend: $125 per person

Join us for a special conversation with Max Gross on his debut novel The Lost Shtetl, recent winner of a 2020 National Jewish Book Award.

Written with the fearless imagination of Michael Chabon and the piercing humor of Gary Shteyngart, The Lost Shtetl is about a small Jewish village in the Polish forest that is so secluded no one knows it exists. . . until now. Journalist and author Max Gross imagines this extraordinary occurrence through the tiny Jewish shtetl of Kreskol, spared by the Holocaust and Cold War and virtually untouched and unchanged. With great humor and a unique voice that holds a lot of heart while satirizing society, the author explores the seductions and disappointments of living in the modern world, the compromises and tradeoffs necessary, and the fables that are erased. We are so thrilled to be joined by Gross to discuss technology, modernity, and Jewish history alongside the comedic touch he is known for.

A $125 donation is required to attend this very special evening. This donation is considered 100 percent tax-deductible and supports PEN America’s mission to defend writers and free expression at a time of unprecedented need. Your generosity is deeply appreciated.


Space will be limited to 25 guests to facilitate audience participation and discussion. Following your RSVP, you will be sent the Zoom meeting invitation. This is a private video meeting, and only guests who are on the RSVP list will be permitted to join.

Please contact Caelan Fortes at [email protected] for any additional questions or concerns.

To make the required donation online, please click the button above. PEN America also accepts donations through check, wire transfers, and donor-advised funds. Please indicate in the notes or memo section that the payment is for “Author’s Evening donation” and if possible, include the name of the event. PEN America’s mailing address and transfer information are below.

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PEN America
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