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MAURICE GREENBERG CENTER FOR JUDAIC STUDIES
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 21 7:30 PM EDWARD LEWIS WALLANT AWARD CEREMONY
HONORING THE 2019 AND 2020 AWARD WINNERS
Edward Lewis Wallant Award
The Edward Lewis Wallant Award is presented annually by the Maurice Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies at the Univ. of Hartford to an American writer whose published creative work of fiction is considered to have significance for the American Jew. A panel of three critics serves as judges, and seeks out a writer whose fiction bears a kinship to the work of Wallant, preferably an author who is younger or unrecognized. Past winners include Chaim Potok, Thane Rosenbaum, Dara Horn, Nicole Krauss, Julie Orringer, Joshua Henkin, Kenneth Bonert, David Bezmozgis, Rebecca Dinerstein, Ayelet Tsabari, and most recently, Eduardo Halfon
2019 Wallant Award Winner
Peter Orner for Maggie Brown & Others
In his sixth book, Maggie Brown & Others, Orner has managed his most sustained achievement yet: 44 stories, many as short as a few paragraphs, none longer than twenty pages. The stories venture from the San Francisco Bay Area to Chicago and Iowa then over to the East Coast, and with them he pairs a poignant novella that delivers not only the joys and travails of a 45-year marriage, but an entire era in a working-class New England city. While recurrent characters appear in different stories and some of the stories are linked, Orner achieves his effects with subtlety, so that part of the pleasure for readers of this collection is in discovery and making the connections that Orner has movingly built into the book. Yet each story can be enjoyed on its own and will leave an indelible mark.
2020 Wallant Award Winner
Lee Conell for The Party Upstairs
An electrifying debut novel that unfolds in the course of a single day inside one genteel New York City apartment building, as tensions between the building's super and his grown-up daughter spark a crisis that will, by day's end, change everything.
Lee Conell is the author of the story collection Subcortical, which was awarded The Story Prize's Spotlight Award. Her short fiction has received the Chicago Tribune's Nelson Algren Award and appears in the Oxford American, Kenyon Review, Glimmer Train, American Short Fiction, and
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