Mischling by Affinity Konar

(2017 selection)

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April 4 at 2 pm: Tour of the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center, 9603 Woods Drive, Skokie.  Visit the world’s third-largest Holocaust museum and view the permanent Karkomi Holocaust Exhibition, which weaves survivor narratives, personal belongings, photographs, and videos into a moving and responsive experience. 

April 9 at 2 pm: From Expressionism to Hitler:  German Cinema and World War II. Film studies professor Michael Smith focuses on German cinema before, during, and after World War II. Clips screened include The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, Metropolis, and Germany Year Zero.

April 13 at 7 pm: Maxwell Street Klezmer Quintet in Concert. The Maxwell Street Klezmer Quintet performs a concert led by founder Lori Lippitz, who created the band to bring back to life the lost art and culture of the community that was destroyed in the Holocaust. The band was named in tribute to the spirit of Chicago’s early immigrants, whose music uniquely blended folk songs from their eastern European roots with early American jazz and swing.

April 18 at 10:30 am: Classics & Contemporary Book Discussion. A discussion of Affinity Konar’s Mischling, led by a WPL librarian.

April 23 at 2 pm: Holocaust Survivors Remember. Children during the Holocaust, Sheila Gerber and Gitta Fajerstein tell their stories of survival. Gitta was born in Berlin and in 1939, the Gestapo arrested her father and murdered him.  Gitta and her sister were smuggled into Holland and began their harrowing journey to escape the Nazis.  Sheila was born in Lithuania in the Kovno Ghetto.  She was smuggled out and raised by a Lithuanian farm family but her parents were killed by the Nazis.

April 24 at 7 pm: Evening Readers Book Discussion. A discussion of Affinity Konar’s Mischling, led by a WPL librarian.

April 30 at 2 pm: Can We Trust Historical Fiction? How does fiction help and hinder how we remember history? Is it possible to fictionalize history with the goal of making it compelling, yet still retain the integrity of the past? Dr. Danny M. Cohen, founder of Unsilence and Assistant Professor of Instruction at Northwestern University, talks about these issues.

May 7 at 2 pm - Author Affinity Konar Discusses Mischling. Wilmette Jr. High School Auditorium, 620 Locust Road, Wilmette.  Ms. Konar discusses her novel. No tickets required. A book signing will be held following the program. Copies of Mischling will be available on site for purchase from The Book Stall,

 

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Mischling by Affinity Konar

(2017 Selection)

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About the Author

From Affinity Konar's Website

I am a Polish Jew and my grandfather served in World War II, so I was always drawn to Holocaust narratives. When I was sixteen, I found a book called Children of the Flames by Lucette Lagnado and Sheila Cohn Dekel. The book details the experience of the twins of Auschwitz, and the crimes and eventual flight of Mengele, the Angel of Death. While I was a very foolish sixteen, I knew I couldn't write Mischling then--if ever--but the idea of two twins alternately telling this story has followed me ever since.

Over the course of writing this novel, I worked as a tutor, proofreader, technical writer, and editor of children's educational materials. I studied fiction at Columbia and SFSU. I presently live in Los Angeles.

I will always miss writing about Stasha and Pearl.

More About Affinity Konar

Affinity Konar's website

Affinity Konar (Kirkus Reviews, September 8, 2016)

Affinity Konar's music playlist for her novel Mischling (Largehearted Boy, September 7, 2016)

Affinity Konar: working through pain (Publishers Weekly, May 12, 2016

Mischling (Konar) - Author bio (LitLovers)

Also by Affinity Konar

Affinity Konar in Poland, revisiting the hardest scenes from her novel (Literary Hub, September 14, 2016)

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Interviews With Affinity Konar

Affinity Konar (Beginnings - Episode 288, Fall 2016; AUDIO)

Affinity Konar: an obsession with the twins of Auschwitz (Canadian Jewish News, November 30, 2016)

Affinity Konar confronts a horror (Electric Literature - November 11, 2016)

Novelists Swan Huntley and Affinity Konar (Writers on Writing, October 3, 2016; AUDIO - Interview with Affinity Konar begins around 18:00)

Holocaust twin experiments are the focus of a debut novel (WBUR, Here and Now, September 27, 2016

Affinity Konar, Mischling (KCRW, Bookworm, September 22, 2016; AUDIO)

Surviving the ultimate evil: Affinity Konar on Mischling (Omnivoracious, Amazon Book Review, September 8, 2016)

(Little, Brown and Company. July 7, 2016; VIDEO)

(Little, Brown and Company. July 7, 2016; VIDEO)

A discussion with Affinity Konar, author of Mischling (Hachette Audio,  June 28, 2016; AUDIO)

Unpacking the Mengele monster: PW talks with Affinity Konar (Publishers Weekly,  June 10, 2016)

 

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 Welcome to the Wilmette Public Library's annual community-wide reading and book discussion program. Each year, the Library selects one book and encourages area residents to read the selected title and participate in programs that explore the book and its themes. The series takes place in the spring and culminates when the author visits Wilmette to discuss his or her book with the community. Join us this spring as the Library features:

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Mischling

 a new novel by

 Affinity Konar

 

 

           

 Ms. Konar will speak about her book on Sunday, May 7, at 2:00 p.m. at the Wilmette Jr. High School, 620 Locust Road, Wilmette

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Mischling by Affinity Konar

(2017 Selection)

About the Book About the Author 
Reviews Events
Accolades Discussion Questions
Partners Additional Reading

Accolades for Mischling

"Best of" Lists

Amazon.com: Best Books of 2016

BookBrowse: 2016 Fiction Favorites

Flavorwire: Best 15 Books of 2016

New York Times: 100 Notable Books of 2016

Publishers Weekly: Best Books of 2016

 

Other Accolades

Barnes and Noble: Fall 2016 Discover Great New Writers Selections

Boston Magazine: 21 New Books to Read This Fall

Bustle: 12 New Novels Every History Buff Needs to Read

Buzzfeed: 21 Incredible New Books You Need To Read This Fall

Indie Next Great Reads, September 2016

W Magazine: A Guide to the Buzziest New Books of Fall

Wall Street Journal: Most-Anticipated Books of Fall 2016

 

Praise for Mischling

"Mischling is a paradox. It's a beautiful novel about the most odious of crimes, it's a deeply-researched act of remembrance that somehow carries the lightness of a fairy tale, and it's a coming-of-age story about children who aren't allowed to come of age. If your soul can survive the journey, you'll be rewarded by one of the most harrowing, powerful, and imaginative books of the year." — Anthony Doerr, author of New York Times bestseller All The Light We Cannot See

"Affinity Konar is an astonishing and fearless writer, whose great gift to us is this book. With incantatory magic, she marches through the most nightmarish of landscapes, swinging her light." — Karen Russell, author of Swamplandia

"Affinity Konar's Mischling is a piercing novel written with chin-up virtuosity. The prose is dazzling, and the story of these twins is moving and searing, and as powerful as the best mythic stories of the masters of old." — Chigozie Obioma, author of The Fishermen

 "Affinity Konar's Mischling is a tale of courage, courageously told — spare and beautiful, riveting and heartrending. Half of me wanted to linger over every page, the other half insisted I race ahead. It's a case of extraordinary storytelling from first page to transcendent last." — David Wroblewski, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Story of Edgar Sawtelle

 "Konar has woven a masterful and poignant account of a pair of twin sisters who cannot be separated, even by the cruelest hand of fate. Her prose is mystical and delicately poetic, and she uses her manifold gifts to tell a deeply engaging story of fortitude and triumph. Bravo." — Lucette Lagnado, author of Children of the Flames and The Man in the Sharkskin Suit, winner of the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature

 

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