Author Steve Sem-Sandberg Discusses The Emperor of Lies, His Critically-Acclaimed Novel Set in the Lódz Ghetto During World War II
November 1, 2011
Swedish novelist Steve Sem-Sandberg discusses his award-winning novel The Emperor of Lies on Tuesday, November 15, 2011, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.
The Emperor of Lies - winner of Sweden's most important literary award the August Prize - draws on genuine chronicles of life in the Lódz ghetto to ask the most difficult questions about survival and oppression.
In February 1940, the Nazis established what would become the second largest Jewish ghetto in Poland. The ghetto's chosen leader, Mordechai Chaim Rumkowski, realized that his survival rested on his ability to make the ghetto indispensable and set out to transform it into a productive industrial complex, forcing adults and children to work punishing hours to provide supplies for the German military.
Admission is free. A 6 p.m. reception precedes the event. RSVP online or call 816.701.3407. Free parking is available at the Library District Parking Garage at 10th & Baltimore.
Major funding for programs at the Kansas City Public Library is provided by a generous grant from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.