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Debut: Martha Anne Toll on Three Muses with Jai Chakrabarti and Jewish Book Council

September 22, 2022

We were thrilled to celebrate accomplished author Martha Anne Toll’s first novel, Three Muses. In it, a Holocaust survivor and a Prima Ballerina are both saved, transformed, and challenged by the three muses of song, discipline, and memory. Meticulously researched and finely composed, this propulsive love story is one that skillfully integrates language, music, and movement on the page. Toll joined us in conversation with author Jai Chakrabarti (A Play for the End of the World).

Presented with Jewish Book Council.

In Conversation

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    Martha Anne Toll

    Martha Anne Toll

    Martha Anne Toll writes fiction, essays, and book reviews, and reads anything that’s not nailed down. Her debut novel, Three Muses, won the Petrichor Prize for Finely Crafted Fiction and is forthcoming from Regal House Publishing on September 20, 2022. Toll brings a long career in social justice to her work covering BIPOC and women writers. She is a book reviewer and author interviewer at NPR Books, the Washington Post, Pointe magazine, the Millions, and elsewhere. She also publishes short fiction and essays in a wide variety of outlets. Toll has recently joined the Board of Directors of the PEN/Faulkner Foundation.

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    Jai Chakrabarti

    Jai Chakrabarti

    Jai Chakrabarti is the author of the novel A Play for the End of the World (Knopf), which won the National Jewish Book Award for debut fiction, was the Association of Jewish Libraries Honor Book, and was long-listed for the PEN/Faulkner Award. He is also the author of the forthcoming story collection A Small Sacrifice for an Enormous Happiness (Knopf, 2023). His short fiction has appeared in numerous journals and has been anthologized in The O. Henry Prize Stories, The Best American Short Stories, and awarded a Pushcart Prize and also performed on Selected Shorts by Symphony Space. His nonfiction has been published in the Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, Writer’s Digest, Berfrois, and LitHub. He was an Emerging Writer Fellow with A Public Space and received an MFA in Creative Writing from Brooklyn College and is a trained computer scientist. Born in Kolkata, India, he now lives in New York with his family.