Adina Hoffman and Peter Cole at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston with curator Rita Freed

Wednesday, February 8 7:00 PM - Wednesday, February 8 8:00 PM
Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Remis Auditorium, 161

Sacred Trash Found Under the Floorboards

Peter Cole, MacArthur Foundation Fellowship recipient for poetry, author
Rita Freed, John F. Cogan, Jr. and Mary L. Cornille Chair, Art of the Ancient World
Adina Hoffman, essayist, author

Curator Rita Freed discusses Sacred Trash: The Lost and Found World of the Cairo Geniza with authors Peter Cole and Adina Hoffman. They illuminate the exciting discovery, found beneath a Cairo synagogue, of documents from the 10th to the 19th centuries, ranging from religious manuscripts to business inventories and receipts to private letters and poems. Cole and Hoffman tell the story of how scholars assembled these fragments to get priceless, previously unknown details of life in Cairo.

Book signing follows.

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Upcoming Books

  • From Pashas to Pariahs by Lucette Lagnado
  • The Dairy Restaurant by Ben Katchor
  • Show of Shows by David Margolick
  • Messianism by Leon Wieseltier
  • Mrs. Freud by Daphne Merkin