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Past Event

The Hidden Palace: A Tale of the Golem and the Jinni

Helene Wecker will discuss The Hidden Palace, her long-anticipated sequel to her fascinating, debut novel, The Golem and the Jinni , a magical yet historical tale about immigrant New York. The combination of Arabic and Jewish mythology made the novel particularly intriguing to many readers. The Golem and the Jinni was an Amazon Editor Top 20 Pick and received numerous awards, including the Amazon Spotlight Debut, Indie Next Pick, Entertainment Weekly, Audible books, Kirkus Reviews, and others.

A Midwest native, Wecker holds a B.A. in English from Carleton College and an M.F.A. in fiction writing from Columbia University. She lives in the San Francisco Bay area with her husband and children.


MLF: Middle East

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This program is part of our Good Lit series, underwritten by the Bernard Osher Foundation.

Bernard Osher Foundation

July 7, 2021

United States

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Helene Wecker

MFA, Author, The Hidden Palace: A Tale of the Golem and the Jinni

Benafsheh Keynoush

Vice Chair. Middle East Member-Led Forum, The Commonwealth Club—Moderator


4–5 p.m. (Pacific Time) program