OPENING NIGHT GALA
The Betty Averbach Foundation Author Series
THE BOLD VOICE OF HIS GENERATION
Saturday, February 9, 7:30pm
JOSHUA COHEN in conversation with MAUREEN MEDVED
Moving Kings – a Novel
ATTENTION – Dispatches From a Land of Distraction
In the Norman & Annette Rothstein Theatre
Buy Tickets or by phone 604-257-5111 | $24
Joshua Cohen inspires with his characteristic intelligence, boundless energy and humour in his latest novel Moving Kings – a propulsive, incendiary story that interweaves the housing crisis in America’s poor neighbourhoods with the world’s oldest conflict, the Middle East.
The year is 2015 and David King brings over two Israeli relatives – young military veterans Yoav and Uri who are taking a year off after the army service – to work in his New York moving company. This is a powerful and provocative novel about displacement, aging, and the compromises of being part of an occupying force—whether it’s in an army in Gaza or a gang of evictors in Queens.
ATTENTION is Cohen’s first non-fiction book, a wide-ranging, rule-bending collection reclaiming the power of attention in an age of constant distraction. ATTENTION is ‘a guide for the perplexed’ – a handbook for anyone hoping to bring the wisdom of the past into the culture of the future.
JOSHUA COHEN’S virtuosity is well known in the literary world. Born in 1980 and recently named to Granta’s Best American Novelists, he is considered “one of the most prodigious at work in American fiction today.” Cohen has published five novels, four collections of short stories and numerous essays.
MAUREEN MEDVED is a Vancouver novelist, screenwriter and playwright and an Associate Professor in the Creative Writing Department at UBC. Her novel Black Star was published in 2018 by Anvil Press.