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Author's Forum Presents: The Betrayers A Conversation with David Bezmozgis and Natalie Bakopoulos

Tuesday, November 18, 2014
12:00 AM
U-M Museum of Art, Helmut Stern Auditorium, 525 S. State

About The Betrayers: These incandescent pages give us one fraught, momentous day in the life of Baruch Kotler, a Soviet Jewish dissident who now finds himself a disgraced Israeli politician. When he refuses to back down from a contrary but principled stand regarding the settlements in the West Bank, his political opponents expose his affair with a mistress decades his junior, and the besieged couple escapes to Yalta, the faded Crimean resort of Kotler's youth. There, shockingly, Kotler comes face-to-face with the former friend whose denunciation sent him to the Gulag almost forty years earlier. - Hachette Book Group

David Bezmozgis is an award-winning writer and filmmaker. His stories have appeared in numerous publications including The New Yorker, Harpers, Zoetrope All-Story, and The Walrus. His first book, Natasha and Other Stories, was published in 2004 in the US and Canada and was subsequently translated into fifteen languages. Natasha was a New York Times Notable Book, one of the New York Public Library's 25 Books to Remember for 2004, and an Top 10 Book for 2004. 

Natalie Bakopoulos received her MFA in Fiction from the University of Michigan, where she now teaches. Her first novel, The Green Shore, which takes place in Athens and Paris between 1967 and 1973, was published in 2012 by Simon & Schuster. Her work has appeared in Tin House, Salon, Granta, and The New York Times, among others. Her book reviews appear regularly in the San Francisco Chronicle. She’s the recipient of fellowships from the Camargo Foundation, the Sozopol Fiction Seminars, and the MacDowell Colony. Most recently, she was named a 2014-2015 Fulbright Scholar.