Howard Reich: The Art of Inventing Hope (A Temple Beth Hillel event)

The Sisterhood Daytime Series at Beth Hillel Bnai Emunah welcomes author and Chicago Tribune journalist Howard Reich for a program featuring the author discussing his latest book, The Art of Inventing Hope: Intimate Conversations of Elie Wiesel. Light refreshments served at 12:30PM, with the program beginning at 1 PM. This event is free to all BHBE Congregation members. There is a $5 charge for others to attend, The Book Stall will be on hand with copies of The Art of Inventing Hope, and Mr. Reich will be ahppy to sign them.

For more information or to make a reservation, please email Gail Swerdlik: gmswerd@gmail.com, or Cynthia Lerner, 1948cynthia@gmail.com.

About the Book:

The Art of Inventing Hope offers an unprecedented, in-depth conversation between the world's most revered Holocaust survivor, Elie Wiesel, and a son of survivors, Howard Reich. During the last four years of Wiesel's life, he met frequently with Reich in New York, Chicago and Florida--and spoke with him often on the phone--to discuss the subject that linked them: Reich's father, Robert Reich, and Wiesel were both liberated from the Buchenwald death camp on April 11, 1945.

What had started as an interview assignment from the Chicago Tribune quickly evolved into a friendship and a partnership. Reich and Wiesel believed their colloquy represented a unique exchange between two generations deeply affected by a cataclysmic event. Wiesel said to Reich, "I've never done anything like this before," and after reading the final book, asked him not to change a word. Here Wiesel--at the end of his life--looks back on his ideas and writings on the Holocaust, synthesizing them in his conversations with Reich. The insights on life, ethics, and memory that Wiesel offers and Reich illuminates will not only help the children and grandchildren of Holocaust survivors understand their painful inheritance, but will benefit everyone, young or old.

About the Author: 

Howard Reich has written for the Chicago Tribune since 1978 and joined the staff in 1983. He is the author of five other books, including Prisoner of Her Past: A Son's Memoir. Reich has won an Emmy Award, and the Chicago Journalists Association named him Chicago Journalist of the Year in 2011.

Event date: 

Wednesday, February 5, 2020 - 12:30pm to 3:30pm

Event address: 

BETH HILLEL BNAI EMUNAH
3220 Big Tree Lane
Wilmette, IL 60091
The Art of Inventing Hope: Intimate Conversations with Elie Wiesel Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781641601344
Availability: On Our Shelves Now....best to call before coming in to pick up.
Published: Chicago Review Press - May 7th, 2019

The Art of Inventing Hope offers an unprecedented, in-depth conversation between the world’s most revered Holocaust survivor, Elie Wiesel, and a son of survivors, Howard Reich.