The best part about publishing Washing the Dead has been the opportunity to talk to people who love books as much as I do! I’ve spoken extensively throughout the Washington, D.C. area and have also traveled to California, Milwaukee, Pennsylvania, Colorado and New York. I remain eternally grateful to the ninety plus booksellers, teachers, librarians, and book group leaders who believed in my novel enough to invite me into their community, gather a crowd, prepare lists of questions, clean their houses, and put out delicious spreads (sometimes consisting of food items featured in the book).
I heart book clubs, which I had the opportunity to express in this essay I wrote for The San Francisco Book Review. I speak widely around the Washington D.C. metropolitan area and have Skyped with groups in Alabama, Florida, Minnesota, and elsewhere.
Readers dig deep into Washing the Dead, often holding the novel’s flawed characters up as mirrors to examine their own imperfect relationships. I suspect we’ll have plenty to talk about with Bertrand Court, as these equally flawed characters steal the family silver, pose pregnant and naked for ex-lovers, and seek redemption for their various and sundry indiscretions.
I’d love to visit your community, classroom, or book group to talk about either or both books. Please contact me directly at: Email.
I’ve visited more than forty book clubs/groups. Here’s what some of my gracious hosts had to say . . .
- “I’ve been leading book groups since the 80’s and look for books that touch the souls of the members. Brafman’s Washing the Dead . . . reached into every single woman’s heart . . . and opened us readers up to the important people in our own stories.” – Jean Graubart
- “We were lucky enough to have Michelle Brafman come to our book club and provide the insight and knowledge on our book selection, as only an author could do. She was gracious, warm and friendly and we can’t wait to have her back!” – Julie Carr
- “Having Michelle at our book club was an amazing experience. She provided interesting insight into the characters without squashing anyone’s notions or beliefs about them. She was able to answer the burning questions about the book that we had. The best part of her visit was that you got the feeling that she really enjoyed being there, speaking with us about the beautiful novel she had written.” – Misty Avila
Partial Listing of WASHING THE DEAD Events
- Politics and Prose, Washington, D.C.
- Upshur Books, Washington, D.C.
- Warwick’s, San Diego, CA
- Boswell Books, Milwaukee, WI
- Bethany Books, Bethany Beach, DE
- Artifact Coffee/Books, Baltimore, MD
- Book Culture, New York, NY
- Explore Bookstore, Aspen, CO
- The George Washington University Jewish Lit Live class
- Johns Hopkins MA in Writing Program
- Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart
- The Writer’s Center
Hadassah/Sisterhood/Synagogue Book Groups:
- McHenry County Jewish Congregation, Chicago, IL
- Melrose B’nai Israel Emanu-El, Philadelphia, PA
- Scribblers on the Roof (Ansche Chesed), New York, NY
- Chabad Aspen, Aspen, CO (Aspen)
- Beth El, Charlottsville, VA
- Hadassah Book Group, Birmingham, AL (Skype)
- Stamford Chapter of Hadassah/Temple Beth El, Stamford, CT
- lower east side live Jewish book group, New York, NY
Washington D.C. Metro Area:
- Sixth and I – Not Your Bubbe’s Sisterhood
- Har Tzion – Agudath Achim
- Hadassah Book Group of Leisure World
- Aviva Hadassah Group
- Adas Israel
- Beth El
- Washington Hebrew Congregation
- Ohev Shalom
- Shaare Torah
- Kehilat Shalom
- Temple Micah
- Temple Emanuel
- Beth Sholom
- B’nai Israel
- Temple Sinai Author’s Roundtable
- Ohr Kodesh
- The Lessans Family Annual Book Festival at the JCCGW
- Literary Council of Montgomery County Fundraiser
- Gaithersburg Book Festival
- Bethesda Literary Festival
- Jewish Cultural Group/Five Point Living Center, Chevy Chase, MD
- Washington, D.C. Public Library, Southeast branch
- Shop Opp – My Little Bird