Rachel Kadish is the award-winning author of the novels From a Sealed Room and Tolstoy Lied: a Love Story, as well as the novella I Was Here. Her work has appeared on NPR and in the New York Times, Ploughshares, and Tin House, and has been anthologized in the Pushcart Prize Anthology and elsewhere.
Her most recent novel, The Weight of Ink, was the winner of the 2017 National Jewish Book Award and the 2018 Julia Ward Howe Prize for Fiction. Set in London in the mid-17th century and the early 21st century, this powerful novel is the interwoven tale of two women of remarkable intellect: Ester Velasquez, an immigrant from Amsterdam who is permitted to scribe for a blind rabbi, just before the plague hits the city; and Helen Watt, an ailing historian with a love of Jewish history. Toni Morrison calls Kadish, "A gifted writer, astonishingly adept at nuance, narration, and the politics of passion."
She has been a fiction fellow of the National Endowment for the Arts and the Massachusetts Cultural Council, has received the National Jewish Book Award, the Association of Jewish Libraries Fiction Award, and the John Gardner Fiction Award, and was the Koret Writer-in-Residence at Stanford University.
She lives outside Boston and teaches in Lesley University's MFA Program in Creative Writing.
Talks and Topics
The Weight of Ink Author Presentation
Why Fiction Matters
Chiune Sugihara's Legacy: The "Japanese Schindler"
Writing the Lives of Forgotten Women
The Life of a Woman Writer - For Real
Telling the Truth in a World that Wants to Twist It
Joint Presentation with Novelist Jessica Shattuck: On Nazis, Family and the Question of Forgiveness
Check Rachel's Availability
In the News:
“On the Search for Victims Who Are Too Perfect to Be Us” - Slate (June 2019)
"Writers Make the Best Detectives" - NY Blueprint (June 2018)
"Writing the Lives of Forgotten Women" - Paris Review (Apr 2018)
"Rachel Kadish Wins Association of Jewish Libraries' Inaugural Fiction Award" - Forward (Feb 2018)
"On Nazis, Family, and the Question of Forgiveness" - Salon (June 2017)
"A Japanese Stranger Saved My Family From the Holocaust. How Can I Repay Him?" - Quartz (June 2017)
"In Defense of Imaginary Friends" - Electric Lit (June 2017)