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Nicole Krauss to Receive Wallant Award
Krauss will be formally presented with the Wallant Award at a ceremony on Wednesday, March 15, at 7:30 p.m., in Wilde Auditorium. The ceremony, which is free and open to the public, will feature remarks by Krauss and a discussion by Krauss and the Wallant Award judges — Victoria Aarons, professor of English and department chair at Trinity University in San Antonio; S. Lillian Kremer, University Distinguished Professor Emerita in the English department at Kansas State University; and Mark Shechner, professor of English and department chair at Buffalo State University.
The History of Love, the acclaimed second novel from Krauss, spans a period of more than 60 years and takes readers from Nazi-occupied Eastern Europe to present day Brighton Beach. The novel’s main protagonists are 80-year-old Leopold Gursky, a retired locksmith living in New York City who has long outlived his family and friends, and a 14-year-old girl named Alma Singer. Krauss’s novel has been selected by the Book of the Month Club, and Warner Brothers has optioned the film rights.
The Wallant Award is one of the oldest and most prestigious Jewish literary awards in the United States. Established 43 years ago by Dr. and Mrs. Irving Waltman of West Hartford, the Wallant Award is presented to an American Jewish writer, preferably unrecognized, whose published work of fiction is deemed to have significance for the American Jew. The award honors the memory of Edward Lewis Wallant, author of The Pawnbroker and other works of fiction, who died in 1962.
Krauss joins a distinguished list of Wallant Award recipients, including Cynthia Ozick, Curt Leviant, Chaim Potok, Myla Goldberg, and Dara Horn. Krauss's first novel was Man Walks into a Room. Her fiction has been published in the New Yorker, Esquire, and Best American Short Stories.
For more information on the March 15 award ceremony, contact Susan Gottlieb at the Greenberg Center, at 860.768.4964 or email@example.com.