BENEFITING: Immigration Equality
Penguin Books and the Kate Werble Gallery present an evening of art, activism, and conversation featuring Sheila Kohler (author of Once We Were Sisters) and Benjamin Taylor (author of The Hue and Cry at Our House), and a reading from The Book of Emma Reyes. The evening will benefit Immigration Equality, the largest national LGBTQ immigrant rights organization in America, which provides free legal services and policy advocacy on behalf of LGBTQ and HIV-positive immigrants. To learn more about the Immigration Equality, visit their website, and please consider contributing what you can to help this essential organization help those who need it most. With #RememberResistRediscover, Penguin Books and Penguin Classics highlight valuable narratives and testaments from history, foundational texts that frame our democracy, classic resources that inform current issues and crises, and diverse literary voices that enlighten us with new perspectives and build empathy and tolerance.
Sheila Kohler was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. She is the author of fourteen works of fiction, including the novels Dreaming for Freud, Becoming Jane Eyre, and Cracks, which was nominated for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and made into a fi lm starring Eva Green. She is also the author of the memoir Once We Were Sisters. Her work has been featured in The New York Times and O, The Oprah Magazine, and included in The Best American Short Stories. She has twice won an O. Henry Prize, as well as an Open Fiction Award, the Willa Cather Fiction Prize, and a Smart Family Foundation prize. She teaches at Princeton University and lives in New York City.
Benjamin Taylor is the author of Proust: The Search, named a Best Book of 2016 by Thomas Mallon in The New York Times Book Review; Naples Declared: A Walk Around the Bay, named a Best Book of 2012 by Judith Thurman in The New Yorker; and of two award-winning novels, Tales Out of School and The Book of Getting Even. He edited Saul Bellow: Letters, named a Best Book of 2010 by Michiko Kakutani in The New York Times and Jonathan Yardley in The Washington Post, along with Bellow's There Is Simply Too Much to Think About: Collected Nonfiction. A faculty member in The New School’s Graduate School of Writing, Taylor also teaches in the Graduate Writing Division of the School of the Arts at Columbia University. A past fellow and current trustee of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, he has also been elected president of the Edward F. Albee Foundation. Emma Reyes (1919–2003) was a Colombian painter and intellectual. Born in Bogotá, she also lived in Buenos Aires, Montevideo, Jerusalem, Washington, and Rome before settling in Paris. She dedicated most of her life to painting and drawing, slowly breaking through as an artist and forging friendships with some of the most distinguished European and Latin American artists, writers, and intellectuals of the twentieth century, among them Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, Jean-Paul Sartre, and Pier Paolo Pasolini. The year she passed away, the French government named her a Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters.