Penguin Bookshop Writers Series: A Conversation with Rebecca Sacks

A Virtual Conversation with Rebecca Sacks

Wednesday, February 17, 2021, 7:00 PM ET on ZOOM



The Penguin Bookshop Writers Series will host author Rebecca Sacks to discuss her debut novel City of a Thousand Gates, which captures the emotional reality of contemporary life in the West Bank and the irreconcilable Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The conversation should last approximately one hour, and will conclude with a Q&A from the audience.  This event will be hosted virtually via ZOOM. Advance registration is required. 


REBECCA SACKS graduated from the Programs in Writing at the University of California, Irvine. In 2019, she received a Canada Council for the Arts grant, as well as the Joseph F. McCrindle Foundation’s Henfield Prize for fiction. She has been awarded fellowships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Juniper Summer Writing Institute and the Mellon-Sawyer Documenting War Seminar Series. After graduating from Dartmouth College, she worked for several years at Vanity Fair before moving to Israel, where she received a master’s in Jewish Studies. Her dispatches from Tel Aviv and Jerusalem have been published in journals such as the Paris Review Daily. Rebecca Sacks is a citizen of Canada, the United States and Israel. 


"Probing and investigative, City of a Thousand Gates illustrates the endless reverberations of political conflict and its violence within the most intimate corners of personal life. Sacks deeply humanizes a conflict that dehumanizes on every level.”
— Nicole Krauss

“This beautiful novel manages to inhabit the experience of multiple characters across the Israel/Palestine divide. It is fascinating, compelling, and propulsive, building to a conclusion that is as inevitable as it is shocking.”
— Ayelet Waldman

“Smart on the eternal sorrows of an endless conflict, City of a Thousand Gates is rich with the pleasures that only a novel can provide: the ironies, the insights, the puncturing of the political pieties. Panoramic in scope, devastating in its detail, Sacks’s novel spares no one, but sympathetically, emphatically, with tremendous love.”
— Joshua Ferris

City of a Thousand Gates: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780063011472
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Harper - February 2nd, 2021

Event address: 
Penguin Bookshop
417 Beaver Street
Sewickley, PA 15143
Event date: 
Wednesday, February 17, 2021 - 7:00pm