2018 Edward Lewis Wallant Award for American Jewish Fiction
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2018 Edward Lewis Wallant Award for American Jewish Fiction

Eduardo Halfon

Monday, April 15, 2018 at 7:00PM
Innovation Center, Mandell Jewish Community Center
335 Bloomfield Avenue, West Hartford

About the Award

The Edward Lewis Wallant Award is one of the oldest and most prestigious Jewish literary awards in the United States. It is presented annually to a Jewish writer, preferably unrecognized, whose published creative work of fiction is deemed to have significance for the American Jew.

The award was established shortly after the untimely death in December 1962, of Edward Lewis Wallant, gifted author of The Human Season and The Pawnbroker.  Dr. and Mrs. Irving Waltman of West Hartford were prompted to create this memorial, because of their admiration for Edward Wallant’s literary ability.

To learn more about the award and past recipients, click here.

2017 Recipient -
Eduardo Halfon

In Mourning, Halfon follows his memory back to his maternal roots in Jewish Poland and to forbidden stories of his father’s Lebanese-Jewish immigrant family. Former Wallant Award winner, Francine Prose, calls Mourning as “a feat of literary acrobatics” (New York Review of Books). Mourning has also been described as a subtle and stirring reflection on the formative and destructive power of family mythology, silence, and grief. Learn more...