You can join prize-winning author Nicole Mones as she discusses "Night in Shanghai," her epic novel about jazz, war, and the Holocaust.
The novel follows Thomas Greene, a classically trained pianist who is recruited from the segregated South by Chinese scouts. In Shanghai, Greene finds wealth and respect—until war explodes around him. "Night in Shanghai" brings to life not only the Shanghai ghettoes, but also China’s forgotten Jewish Resettlement Plan. Why did China make this move to save Jewish lives? How did jazz play a role? Historical images and film clips will enliven the talk.
Mones is the author of four books and numerous articles on China. A Q&A and book signing follow the program.
FREE. Advance reservations recommended: Available on site at the Skirball, online at skirball.org, or by phone at (877) SCC-4TIX or (877) 722-4849
About the sponsor:
The mission of the Skirball Cultural Center is to explore the connections between four thousand years of Jewish heritage and the vitality of American democratic ideals. It seeks to welcome and inspire people of every ethnic and cultural identity in American life. Guided by respective memories and experiences, together they aim to build a society in which everyone can feel at home.