Author Talk with Mary Morris: "Gateway to the Moon"

Date: January 29, 2020Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location:  Show map
Boulder JCC
6007 Oreg Ave
Contact: Jodi ZicklinEmail:

Please welcome Mary Morris to the Boulder JCC Book Club as she discusses her book "Gateway to the Moon."

Peo­ple today are dis­cov­er­ing their Jew­ish roots — some find­ing they are the descen­dants of con­ver­sos, Jews who con­vert­ed dur­ing the Inqui­si­tion. Mary Morris touch­es on this phe­nom­e­non in the his­tor­i­cal note at the begin­ning of her nov­el, "Gate­way to the Moon." The chap­ters in the book alter­nate between 15th- and 16th-cen­tu­ry Spain and Por­tu­gal dur­ing the har­row­ing time of the Inqui­si­tion, and a town in New Mex­i­co in the late 20th cen­tu­ry. The char­ac­ters in New Mex­i­co light candles on Friday night and refrain from eating pork, but they do not know why they hold on to these traditions. From the Jewish translator who traveled with Columbus, we learn how a life in both cultures was built in the New World. 

Author: Mary Morris
Mary Morris is the author of numerous works of fiction, including the novels The Jazz Palace, A Mother’s Love, and House Arrest, and of nonfiction, including the travel memoir classic Nothing to Declare: Memoirs of a Woman Traveling Alone. She is a recipient of the Rome Prize in literature and the 2016 Anisfield-Wolf Award for fiction. Morris lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Wednesday, January 29 | 7 - 9 pm | $10 until 48 hours before the event, $15 | REGISTER HERE
Join us before the program for a meet and greet with Mary Morris at 6 pm hosted by Women of the J. 
This program is now on JConnect, the Boulder JCC's registration portal. Click here for more information on JConnect.