JTS to Host Best-Selling Authors Susan Isaacs and Linda Fairstein

A Program on “The Fiction of Teshuvah”

Press Contact: Eve Glasberg
Office: (212) 678-8089
Email: evglasberg@jtsa.edu

November 8, 2012, New York, NY

Does anyone ever really change their ways? Can we become "someone new"? Join best-selling authors Susan Isaacs and Linda Fairstein as they discuss the characters in their books and whether teshuvah is really possible-or if it is just fiction. The program, moderated by Rabbi Burton L. Visotzky, will be held on Tuesday, November 20, at 7:30 p.m. at The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS), which is located at 3080 Broadway (at 122nd Street) in New York City. Admission is $18 per person (JTS faculty, alumni, and staff: $10; JTS students: free). Reservations are required for all seats by Thursday, November 15; space is limited. Register at www.jtsa.edu/teshuvah-authors or call (212) 678-8855 Monday through Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST. For additional information, email derussell@jtsa.edu. Please arrive at least 15 minutes early for check-in, and have photo ID available. Books will be available for signing.

Susan Isaacs is the author of 13 novels, including Compromising Positions, Shining Through, After All These Years, and As Husbands Go. Her newest novel, Goldberg Variations, was published by Scribner (2012). Ms. Isaacs is a former editor of Seventeen magazine and a freelance political speechwriter. She is chairman of the board of Poets & Writers, and a past president of Mystery Writers of America. All her novels have been New York Times best sellers. Ms. Isaacs is a member of JTS's Board of Trustees.

Linda Fairstein, former prosecutor and best-selling crime novelist, is one of America's foremost legal experts on crimes of violence against women and children. She served in the New York County District Attorney's Office from 1972 to 2002, where she was chief of the Sex Crimes Prosecution Unit for 26 years. In 2010, she was awarded the New York Women's Agenda Lifetime Achievement Award for her work against domestic violence, and the Silver Bullet Award of the International Thriller Writers. She is the author of Sexual Violence, a nonfiction New York Times "Notable Book of the Year"; and of 14 crime novels, including the 2012 best seller Night Watch.

Rabbi Burton L. Visotzky serves as Appleman Professor of Midrash and Interreligious Studies at JTS, where he is Louis Stein Director of the Finkelstein Institute for Religious and Social Studies, charged with programs in Public Policy. He also is director of the Milstein Center for Interreligious Dialogue, and is engaged in Jewish-Christian-Muslim discussions nationally and internationally. Rabbi Visotzky is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He is author of 10 books, the ninth of which was his one and only novel, A Delightful Compendium of Consolation: A Fabulous Tale of Romance, Adventure, and Faith in the Medieval Mediterranean.