by Pamela Young, Published March 09, 2011
Sharon Pomerantz, author of the award-winning novel, "Rich Boy," will be the guest speaker for an evening of conversation about writing, March 14, 7:30 p.m., at Eastern Michigan University's ballroom B of the Student Center. The event is free and open to the public. A book signing and a reception will follow the presentation.
Pomerantz, who teaches at the University of Michigan, will talk about fiction writing and contemporary Jewish narrative. Pomerantz won the 2010 Foundation for Jewish Culture's Goldberg Prize for Outstanding Debut Fiction for her novel.
"Rich Boy," her debut novel, is the rags-to-riches story about a man who goes from working-class Philadelphia to a life of wealth. He reinvents himself, but pays a price.
"If you want to understand what made Bernie Madoff possible, I can think of no more serious, sensitive and intelligent novel to read than "Rich Boy," said reviewer Eileen Pollack.
Pomerantz has published her short fiction in numerous literary journals, including "The Missouri Review" and "Ploughshares." Her story, "Ghost Knife," was included in The Best American Short Stories 2003. Another story, "Shoes," was nationally broadcast on NPR's Selected Shorts.
She also contributes regularly to "Hadassah Magazine," and has written for the weekly newspapers, "Jewish Week," and the "Jewish Daily Forward," and for "Inside," the Jewish Exponent newspaper's magazine. For more on Pomerantz, go to www.sharonpomerantz.com
The event is sponsored by Eastern Michigan's Jewish Studies, The College of Arts & Sciences, the Division of Academic Affairs and EMU Hillel.