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Rivka Galchen on Everyone Knows Your Mother Is a Witch with Christine Smallwood

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Wednesday, 6:00 pm EDT June 9, 2021

Online via Zoom

Rivka Galchen explores the awesome absurdity of our society in her newest novel Everyone Knows Your Mother Is a Witch. She transports us back to 1618 to revisit the trial of Katharina Kepler, who is accused of being a witch in the small town of Leonberg, Germany. During her trial, her son Johannes, a successful mathematician, must turn his attention away from the planets to help defend his mother.

Joining Galchen in conversation is author Christine Smallwood, whose new novel The Life of the Mind went on sale March 2nd. The authors will discuss the launch of Galchen’s new book and the art of the novel.


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In Conversation

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    Rivka Galchen

    Rivka Galchen

    Rivka Galchen is the recipient of a William Saroyan International Prize for Fiction and a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award, among other distinctions. She writes regularly for the New Yorker, whose editors selected her for their list of 20 Under 40 American fiction writers in 2010. Her debut novel Atmospheric Disturbances (2008) and her story collection American Innovations were both New York Times Best Books of the Year. She has received an MD from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Galchen lives in New York City.

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    Christine Smallwood

    Christine Smallwood

    Christine Smallwood is a critic and journalist and the author of a novel, The Life of the Mind.