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Jewish Book Celebration


  • Author Talk + Q&A: Gateway to the Moon by Mary Morris
    Wednesday, March 13
    Doors at 4:00 pm.
    Talk + Q&A at 4:30 pm.
    OSU Foundation,
    4238 SW Research Way, Corvallis, OR
    Free and open to the community.

    Author Mary Morris will lead an author talk and Q&A on her latest book, Gateway to the Moon. Her novel alternates between late medieval Spain and Portugal during the traumatic time of the Inquisition, in a very small town in New Mexico in 1992. The modern New Mexican characters are Catholics with peculiar habits. Nobody in town eats pork but they don’t know why. It is likely they are the descendants of conversos - Jews who converted during the Spanish Inquisition. The story weaves a connecting thread from the Iberian Peninsula to Mexico City and then on to the original settlers who moved into what is now the American Southwest. Five hundred years later, a young amateur astronomer wonders about the secret of the town he grew up in: Entrada de la Luna, or Gateway to the Moon.
    Morris’ previous work, The Jazz Palace, won the Anisfeld-Wolf Book Award for important contributions to the understanding of racism in 2016. She also writes short stories and travel memoirs. Her many novels and story collections have been translated into six languages. She lives in Brooklyn, New York and teaches writing at Sarah Lawrence College.
    Doors open at 4:00 PM to meet and greet the author. A one-hour author talk and Q&A will follow beginning at 4:30 PM. Light Refreshments will be served. Free and open to the community. Grassroots Bookstore will be there with copies of the paperback edition of Gateway to the Moon for sale and signing.
    Co-sponsored by Beit Am Jewish Community and the Mittleman Jewish Community Center.

Information on the MJCC’s Author Series is available here.