Word Up and the Fort Tryon Jewish Center present: Haifa: City of Steps Author Nili Gold in conversation with Noam Sivan
Haifa: City of Steps is an intimate and revelatory journey through the author’s native city. With an expert hand, Gold leads her readers through Haifa during its heyday in the 1920s and ‘30s as an international port and cultural center all the way through the subsequent war and decline. She weaves together urban, architectural landmarks and Haifa’s mountainous topography with literary masterpieces to elucidate how a childhood landscape is imprinted in memory. Gold’s archival research left no stone unturned, and she has recovered amazing stories and connections long forgotten. Two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author Robert Caro lauded this work as “beautifully written and impeccably researched . . . a true contribution to the literature of cities.”
Nili Gold is Professor of Modern Hebrew Literature at the University of Pennsylvania. She is a native of Haifa, Israel, a graduate of Hebrew University. She got her M.A and PhD from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America and taught at Columbia University before settling at Penn. She authored two scholarly books on the Israeli poet Yehuda Amichai, one of which was a poetic biography of him entitled Yehuda Amichai: The Making of Israel’s National Poet (UPNE, 2008). This book as well as her recently published Haifa: City of Steps are soon to appear in Israel in Hebrew.
Pianist-composer Noam Sivan has performed in venues across North America, Europe, and Asia. Live improvisation features prominently in his solo piano recitals and his recorded albums Ambiro’s Journey and Chopin & Improvisations. Born and raised in Haifa, Israel, he is currently a faculty member at the Juilliard School in New York City and the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia. NoamSivanMusic.com
Light refreshments will be served and books will be available for sale.
Book talk: HAIFA: CITY OF STEPS Author Nili Gold in conversation with Noam Sivan Thursday, May 10, 2018
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Word Up Community Bookshop
2113 Amsterdam Ave (at 165th Street)