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Book Events


Saturday, Jan 28, 2023, 2 PM.

Skirball Cultural Center

Hearts and Hands: A Conversation on FIlmmaking and Quilting

with Pat Ferrero and Sabrina Gschwandtner,

moderated by Louise Steinman



Past Events

Reading and Discussion with ilija Trojanow and Louise Steinman

August 30 2022, 7:30 PT


"There is a life after fleeing. Yet fleeing has a lasting, life-long impact." Ilija Trojanow (Villa Aurora writer-in-residence, 2006) discusses his autobiographical essay, "Fleeing, And Then?" ("Nach der Flucht") with Louise Steinman.


Presented by Thomas Mann House and Villa Aurora

@Villa Aurora, 520 Paseo Miramar, LA, CA 90272

((Free) Reservations here.


12 May, 2022. 1 PM ET. Crowdcast. Free.  GET TICKETS


Elizabeth. "A surprising and touching novel about the loss of children; about a ruined union between a man and a woman; and, above all, about the inadequacy of facts in helping to understand people" (Haarlems Dagblad) Anna Enquist's The Homecoming depicts Elizabeth's life in her own right and centers her in the archive outside of her husband's ambitions. Join the award-winning Dutch author in conversation with PEN World Voices Festival curator Louise Steinman for a virtual author interview that is not to be missed. This program is supported as part of the Dutch Culture USA program by the Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York.

Maria Tatar, author of Heroine of 1001 Faces
in conversation with Louise Steinman

Hear from world-renowned folklorist Maria Tatar on her latest work, "The Heroine with 1001 Faces," which challenges notions of heroism with its male-centric emphasis on achieving glory and immortality. In this conversation with celebrated literary curator Louise Steinman, Tatar shares how heroines wear their curiosity as a badge of honor and how their "mischief making" evidences compassion and concern. Their quests may not take the traditional form of a "hero's journey," but they reveal the values of courage, defiance, and, above all, care.



Warsaw launch/interview for Polish edition of Crooked Mirror [KRZYWE LUSTRO]

28.10.2021   19.00


Dom Towarowy , Braci Jablkowskich

ul Bracka 25/Warsaw





Thurs, April 22, 2021, 7:00 PM (PT)


US Poet Laureate Joy Harjo in conversation with Louise Steinman (link)

(Virtual Program at Skirball Cultural Center)

In honor of Earth Day 2021, hear esteemed poet Joy Harjo read selections from her vast body of work—including from her latest book of poetry, "An American Sunrise." A member of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, Harjo is the first Native American to be named Poet Laureate of the United States. In conversation with literary curator Louise Steinman, Harjo explores the ways her poems create a dialogue with history, finding blessings in the abundance of her homeland and thrumming with quiet anger at living in the ruins of injustice.

Celebrating Earth Day with US Poet Laureate Joy Harjo: An American Sunrise took place on Thursday, April 22, 2021.

Chevalier Bookstore: Virtual Event

Monday, April 19, 2021, 7 PM PDT


Amy Gerstler in conversation with Louise Steinman


July 25, 2021

Times: 10 am PST/1 pm EST/
6 pm London/7 pm Warsaw/8 pm Israel

The Crooked Mirror: A Memoir of Polish-Jewish Reconciliation

Freighted Legacies is proud to celebrate the Polish translation of
The Crooked Mirror: A Memoir of Polish-Jewish Reconciliation by author Louise Steinman.  With the publication of the Polish translation in May 2021 a fuller conversation is now joined. The distinguished panel of Dr. Kathy Balgley, professor of literature (link to bio), Dorota Golebiewska, the translator of the Polish version (link bio), and Hanna Antos of KARTA, the Polish publisher will respond to the book from their perspectives and engage Steinman in conversation. Link to video of conversation.


Questions  moderated by Marek Jezowski and Haim Beliak. 

Monday, November 9, 2020, 6:30 PM/PDT

Live on Crowdcast: Lynell George discusses A Handful of Earth, a Handful of Sky with Louise Steinman, Skylight Books 


A Handful of Earth, A Handful of Sky: The World of Octavia E. Butler offers a blueprint for a creative life from the perspective of award-winning science-fiction writer and "MacArthur Genius" Octavia E. Butler. It is a collection of ideas about how to look, listen, breathe—how to be in the world. This book is about the creative process, but not on the page; its canvas is much larger. Author Lynell George not only engages the world that shaped Octavia E. Butler, she also explores the very specific processes through which Butler shaped herself—her unique process of self-making.

"The Logic of Poetry and Dreams," Thurs evening free gallery talks/reading series co-curated with Maureen Moore for The Broad Museum's exhibition of the work of artist Shirin Neshat, "I Will Greet the Sun Again."  Includes poets Sholeh Wolpe, Kazim Ali, Carolinia Rivera Escamilla, Shonda Buchanan, Vickie Vertiz and others.  through Feb 2020. Free but reservations advised. 


Allegories of Flight Weds, Feb 5, 2020.

8-11 PM

Ticket $25.

Co-curated with Maureen Moore for the exhibition, "Shirin Neshat: I Will Greet the Sun Again," at The Broad. Poets Natalie Diaz and Naomi Shihab Nye, with Black Lives Matters co-founder Patrisse Cullors; musicians Saint Abdullah and Davis Spain with Ahya Simone... 



Tuesday, Feb 2, 2016

"War, Remembrance, and a Flag"

Lecture, Columbia Maritime Museum
Astoria, Oregon

Thursday, Dec 3, 2015
12:30-2 (Rush Library Auditorium)
Florida Southwestern University
"Silence Into Stories:
The Healing Art of Memoir
Talk and Conversation with Louise Steinman"
Sponsored by FSW's Honors Scholar Program

Sunday, September 20, 2015, 4-5:30 PM
USC Casden Institute for the Study of the Jewish Role
in American Life
Louise Steinman with Jack Miles
"An American Jew in Poland, or 'The Country in My Head'"
Doheny Memorial Library, Room 240

Weds, April 15, 2017 6 PM
The Crooked Mirror: A Journey Towards Polish-Jewish Reconciliation
Louise Steinman in conversation with Tomasz Kitlinski
POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews
ul. Mordechaja Anielwicza 6, 00-157 Warszawa

Thurs, April 16, 2017, 17:00
Lecture/conversation on “The Crooked Mirror,” part of “Democracy: Philosophies, Activisms, and Public Arts, a seminar by Dr. Tomasz Kitlinski
TeatrNN, Grodzka Gate, Lublin, Poland

Sunday, April 19, 18:00
Guest, Literary Café “Song on Porcelain”
Borderlands Foundation, Sejny, Poland
contact: Agata Szkopińska agata@pogranicze.sejny.pl

Weds, April 22, 18:00
“Through The Crooked Mirror of Polish-Jewish Reconciliation”
Louise Steinman in conversation with Dr. Tomasz Cebulski
Jewish Community Center, Krakow, Poland

Sunday, February 1, 2015, 1-4 PM
Friends of the Jung Institute San Francisco
"The Crooked Mirror: A Path to Reconciliation with Self and Other"

Sunday, December 14, 2014
Rector's Forum with Rev. Ed Bacon
Crooked Mirror: A Conversation about Reconciliation
All Saints Episcopal Church, Pasadena, CA

Weds, November 26, 2014
"The Crooked Mirror: Author in Conversation"
Louise Steinman in conversation with Joanna Michlic
Wiener Jewish Library, 29 Russell Square, London, U.K.

Saturday, November 1, 2014
Congregation Beth El, Carmel, California
10:45 AM Book Discussion
7 PM Havdalah Service and Book Talk on
"The Crooked Mirror"

Thursday, May 1, 2014, 6:30 PM
PROSE PROS series, hosted by Elinor Nauen & Martha King
Ron Padgett and Louise Steinman reading
SideWalk Cafe, 94 Avenue 1 at 6th Street, NYC

Wednesday, Nov 20, 2013, 6 PM
The Crooked Mirror: Reading and conversation
In conversation
with Joyce Apsel, president, Institute for the Study of Genocide
NYU Bookstore 726 Broadway, 7th Floor; New York, NY 10003