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Chaim Potok, Author

Chaim PotokChaim Potok spoke for nearly two hours to a extraordinarily mixed group ranging from elementary school children to senior citizens.

He read "B.B.", a short story from his newest book Zebra and Other Stories. Listening to him gently craft each sentence you fully "experienced" this story.

Zebra is Dr. Potok’s first book for young adults. He remarked that he found it interesting that young adults were reading his adult books and thought perhaps it was time to write a young adult book that adults might read. He did not want to write "fluff"…."there is enough "fluff" out there. He wanted to write about "real" …life situations in everyday life. Situations that we are all aware of whether consciously or unconsciously.

Each of the six short stories is titled with the name of the main character and encompass a wide range of feelings including helplessness, powerlessness, hope, divorce, trust, death, loss, fear of abandonment, secrets, boundaries and communication. These are ordinary and very real people.

Dr. Potok skillfully and gently tells these stories with a quiet respect for the audience and characters, forming no judgements; allowing the reader to draw their own conclusions. This is exceptional reading.

Chaim Potok was born and raised in New York City. He began to write fiction at the age of sixteen, graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in English literature from Yeshiva University, and earned a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Pennsylvania.

An ordained rabbi, he served as an army chaplan in Korea for sixteen months, with, successively, a front-line medical battalion and an engineer combat battalion.

He lives with his wife in a suburb of Philadelphia.

Chaim Potok's Bibliography

The Chosen (1967) received the Edward Lewis Wallant Award.
The Promise (1969)
My Name Is Asher Lev (1972) winner of the National Jewish Book Award
In The Beginning (1975)
Wanderings: Chaim Potok's History of the Jews (1979)
The Book Of Lights (1981)
Davita's Harp (1985)
The Gift Of Asher Lev (1989)
Out Of The Depths (Play) (1990)
Sins Of The Father (1990)
Het Cijfer Zeven (1990) (Dutch title)
I Am The Clay (1991)
The Troopteacher (1992)
Het Kanaal (1993) (Dutch title)
The Tree Of Here (1993)
The Sky Of Now (1994)
The Golem's Hand (1995)
The Gates of November: Chronicles Of The Slepak Family (1996)
Zebra and Other Stories (1998) - Young Adult For a list of interviews with Chaim Potok about The Chosen and My Name is Asher Lev.

October 29, 1998