Alice Hoffman, author of “The World That We Knew,” is to appear at the Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center on Thursday, Sept. 26 at 7 p.m.
Hoffman is the author of more than 30 novels and will be a guest of the JCC’s arts-promoting Tapestry program.
Hoffman’s novel, “Here on Earth,” an Oprah Book Club choice, was a modern reworking of some of the themes of Emily Bronte’s masterpiece “Wuthering Heights.”
“Practical Magic” was made into a Warner film starring Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman. Her novel, “At Risk,” which concerns a family dealing with AIDS, can be found on the reading lists of many universities, colleges and secondary schools, according to promotional materials.
Hoffman’s advance from “Local Girls,” a collection of inter-related fictions about love and loss on Long Island, was donated to help create the Hoffman Breast Center at Mt. Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, Mass. Hoffman has written a number of novels for young adults, including “Aquamarine,” “Green Angel,” and the New York Times bestseller “The Ice Queen.”
In 2007 Little, Brown and Company published the teen novel “Incantation,” a story about hidden Jews during the Spanish Inquisition, which Publishers Weekly chose as one of the best books of the year.
She has also worked as a screenwriter and is the author of the original screenplay “Independence Day,” a film starring Kathleen Quinlan and Diane Wiest. Her teen novel “Aquamarine” was made into a film starring Emma Roberts. She lives near Boston.
The fee to attend is $25 per person or $35 per couple, which includes one book. Co-sponsored by the Nathan and Esther Pelz Holocaust Education Resource Center, a program of Milwaukee Jewish Federation; ABCD: After Breast Cancer Diagnosis; and Boswell Book Company. Visit JccMilwaukee.org/Tapestry or contact Mona Cohen at 414-967-8249 to register.