by Rebecca Honig Friedman
I first noticed Frances Madeson on Grand Street. She was sitting at a table, perched in front of a store that offers a random variety of goods and services (from shoes to posters to copying keys), trying to sell a stack of books in the very neighborhood she lovingly lampoons in those books — copies of her Kafkaesque novel, Cooperative Village.
When she expressed interest in guest blogging on Jewess, I asked her to write about the obvious — “being a not so traditional Jewish woman relative newcomer to the very traditionally Jewish Lower East Side.”
Scroll down for her bio and up to the next post for her response.
Playwright and novelist Frances Madeson holds degrees from Washington University in St. Louis and the Graduate School and University Center of City University of New York. Her plays—The Candle Lit, A Purim Tango, Shylock’s Heart and Levin’s Eulogy—have been produced or read at The Cleveland Public Theatre, the Jewish Repertory Theatre, Shakespeare & Company, and other venues. She has written three novels: Restaurant Week, Dancing for the Godfather of Soul and Cooperative Village. Published in May 2007, Cooperative Village is her debut book.
Madeson is currently working with theatrical director Ari Laura Kreith to mount a one-woman show based on Cooperative Village. The next stops on her book tour are on Wednesday, November 14, 7 p.m. at Bluestockings, A Radical Bookstore, 172 Allen St. and on December 6, 8 p.m. at Rapture Café and Books, 200 Avenue A, both in NYC. These events are free and open to the public. Madeson is also happily at work on her next comic novel.
Posted on November 14th, 2007 Filed under: Guest Posts |