Villa Aurora: Reading and Discussion with Alexis Landau and Michaela Ullmann
Events | Reading and Discussion with Alexis Landau and Michaela Ullmann
Online | March 24, 2021
This event will be available for streaming at 12 noon, March 24th on YouTube:
Alexis Landau is going to read from her new novel "Those Who Are Saved", followed by a conversation with Michaela Ullmann, Exile Studies Librarian, USC Feuchtwanger Memorial Library.
Advance Praise for "Those Who Are Saved"
“Lustrous prose and tight pacing….Those Who Are Saved binds the reader into a story of maternal love, erotic desire, and sweeping romance. I was carried away from beginning to end.” —Viet Thanh Nguyen, author of The Sympathizer
“Subtle and skilful….Absolutely haunting.” —Frances Liardet, author of We Must Be Brave
- “Powerful…Landau brilliantly explores the blurred lines between good and evil as the characters wrestle with their own dire decisions and the choices of those they love. Once this magnetic book takes hold, it doesn’t let go.” –Publishers Weekly, starred review
“A major novel, richly imagined. –Jewish Book Council
Photo by Daniel Sahlberg
Alexis Landau is a graduate of Vassar College and holds an MFA from Emerson College and a PhD in English Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Southern California. She was born in Los Angeles and has been fascinated by the European artists and intellectuals who found refuge in “Weimar by the Sea” from an early age. This community is the setting of her second novel “Those Who Are Saved” (G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 2021), in which Villa Aurora is featured prominently.
Michaela Ullmann is the Exile Studies Librarian and Instruction Coordinator at USC Libraries’ Department of Special Collections. She holds an M.A. in Cultural Anthropology and Archaeology from University of Bonn, and an M.A. in Library and Information Sciences from San Jose State University. As a faculty member of the USC Libraries, Michaela oversees the Feuchtwanger Memorial Library, home to Lion Feuchtwanger’s invaluable 30,000 volume rare book collection, as well as papers by German-speaking intellectuals and artists who fled Nazi Germany and came to Los Angeles.
Co-editor: Lion Feuchtwanger. Ein möglichst intensives Leben. Die Tagebücher. Berlin, 2018; The Devil in France: My Encounter with Him in the Summer of 1940. Los Angeles 2010; Against the Eternal Yesterday: Essays Commemorating the Legacy of Lion Feuchtwanger. Los Angeles 2009.