Isabelle Levy and Michael Frank will have a lively conversation about the process of writing, researching, and above all learning how to listen to the story of Stella Levi, who is one of the last remaining survivors of the Sephardic Jewish community of Rhodes. Michael’s encounter with Stella spanned more than one hundred Saturdays spread over six years and was as transformative an experience for him as it is for the reader of this captivating book. A Q & A with the author will follow.
Michael Frank has contributed essays, book reviews, and short stories to The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Atlantic, Slate, The Yale Review, The Threepenny Review, The TLS, and Tablet, among other publications. He is the author of What Is Missing, a novel, and The Mighty Franks, a memoir, which was awarded the 2018 JQ Wingate Prize and was named one of the best books of the year by The Telegraph and The New Statesman. One Hundred Saturdays received the Jewish Book Council’s Natan Notable Book Award and was one of the Wall Street Journal’s top ten books of 2022. A 2020 Guggenheim Fellow, Frank lives with his family in New York City and Camogli, Italy.
Isabelle Levy, PhD, is Lecturer and Academic Program Director and Lecturer at the Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies, Columbia University. She is the author of Jewish Literary Eros: Between Poetry and Prose in the Medieval Mediterranean (Indiana University Press, 2022) and has published articles in Medieval Encounters; La Corónica; A Comparative History of Literatures in the Iberian Peninsula, Volume II; and Digital Dante. Her research specializes in medieval Jewish literature via explorations of the relationships among the Hebrew, Arabic, and Romance literary traditions of the medieval Mediterranean.