Monday, February 26, 2018, 7 to 9 p.m.

Two Stories by Shani Boianjiu:

  • Means of Suppressing Demonstrations
  • What Happens When the Two Israels Meet?

An unusual combination this month — a work of fiction and a work of biography — by the same Israeli author!

Shani Boianjiu comes from Romanian and Iraqi roots, and grew up in an Israeli town near the Lebanese border. The fictional Means of Suppressing Demonstrations is part of her first novel. It was written in English when Shani was 25 years old, after she finished creative writing studies at Harvard. Her book has been requested for translation in 22 countries. This narrative is a choreography about Palestinian “demonstrators” at a remote checkpoint on a closed road who want to get their picture in the newspaper being “suppressed” by Israeli soldiers. The cross-cultural interaction reveals the personal and societal struggles of each of the participants. All the world’s a stage.

In 2012, Boianjiu also wrote the biographic piece What Happens When the Two Israels Meet? for the Sunday New York Times. The article captures her experience as a 20-year-old, secular, Israeli army weapons instructor training students who are often orthodox Jewish men. Can a religious- and gender-divided house stand?

Discussion Leader: Alan Liebman

Hosted at the home of Joan and Mike Pokroy in the hills of central-west Reno. Social time after the discussion.  Refreshments served.

RSVP Required: To reserve your seat(s), receive a  PDF copy of this month’s story and travel directions, please e-mail your name(s) to  RenoJewishStory@AmericanSuperior.ORG before sundown, Friday, February  23rd.

The Club can accommodate 20 attendees, but please remember your reservation is a pledge to attend this Reno Jewish Story Club meeting. Serial no-shows shall be seated on the outdoor patio.

NEXT Club Meeting: Monday, March 26, 2018, 7 to 9 p.m.