Your Hearts, Your Scars - Readings & Appreciations of Adina Talve-Goodman

Thursday, March 2, 2023 - 7:00pm
Thursday, March 2, 7pm CT
In person at Central Reform Congregation
5020 Waterman Blvd
St. Louis, MO 63108
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Left Bank Books & Central Reform Congregation presents Readings & Appreciations of
Adina Talve-Goodman,
for the release of her posthumously published memoir
Your Hearts, Your Scars,
at the Central Reform Congregation on March 2th at 7pm!
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Editors Sarika Talve-Goodman & Hannah Tinti,
Foreword author Jo Firestone,
Executive Director of One Story Maribeth Batcha,
Parents Rabbi James Stone Goodman & Rabbi Susan Talve,
Music from Lazaroff's,
with Ron Himes and performers from St. Louis Black Rep!

Engaging, funny, and unflinching essays about coming of age as a transplant patient and living each day as a gift

Adina Talve-Goodman was born with a congenital heart condition and survived multiple operations over the course of her childhood, including a heart transplant at age nineteen. In these seven essays, she tells the story of her chronic illness and her youthful search for love and meaning, never forgetting that her adult life is tied to the loss of another person--the donor of her transplanted heart.

Whether writing about the experience of taking her old heart home from the hospital (and passing it around the Thanksgiving table), a summer camp for young transplant patients, or a memorable night on the town, Talve-Goodman's writing is filled with curiosity, humor, and compassion. Published posthumously, Your Hearts, Your Scars is the work of a writer wise beyond her years, a moving reflection on chance and gratitude, and a testament to hope and kindness.

Read an excerpt on Lit Hub

Adina Talve-Goodman (1986-2018) was born in St. Louis with a congenital heart condition and underwent a heart transplant at age nineteen. She went on to graduate from Washington University, and perform internationally at the Academia dell'Arte in Italy and Globe Theater in London. She later become a mentor for Girls Write Now and the managing editor of celebrated literary magazine One Story, and was recognized with the Hadassah Advocacy Award and Bellevue Literary Review Felice Buckvar Prize for Nonfiction. She was diagnosed with a rare form of lymphoma, caused by post-transplant immunosuppressants, as she was attending the University of Iowa Nonfiction Writing Program and working on what would become her debut collection of essays Your Hearts, Your Scars.
Sarika Talve-Goodman, MS, LMSW, PhD,(she/her) is a literary scholar and somatic psychotherapist. She received her MS in Narrative Medicine from Columbia University and her doctorate in Literature from UCSD, specializing in modernism studies, disability studies, trauma theory, Jewish cultural studies, and critical theories of race, gender, and sexuality. She has researched and taught at The Hebrew University in Jerusalem and Oberlin College. When Adina became ill and died, she left Oberlin and paused her academic career to be with her family. She is currently a full time clinician, training and practicing as an integrative trauma therapist in St. Louis.
Hannah Tinti is the author of the bestselling novel The Good Thief, which won the Center for Fiction's first novel prize, and the story collection Animal Crackers, a runner-up for the PEN/Hemingway Award. Her latest novel, The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley, is a national bestseller and is in development for television. She teaches creative writing at New York University's MFA program and co-founded the Sirenland Writers Conference. Tinti is also the co-founder and executive editor of One Story magazine, which won the AWP Small Press Publisher Award, CLMP's Firecracker Award, and the PEN/Magid Award for Excellence in Editing.
Jo Firestone is a comedian whose work can be seen on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Joe Pera Talks With You, High Maintenance, Shrill, and more. She can be heard on Maximum Fun's Dr. Gameshow, a podcast she co-hosts with Manolo Moreno, and Comedy Central's Everyday Decisions, a podcast she hosts all alone. Her album, The Hits is available on Comedy Central Records, and if you like puns, check out Punderdome: A Card Game for Pun Lovers. Her special, Good Timing with Jo Firestone, featuring 16 senior citizens from her online comedy class, is out now on Peacock.
Maribeth Batcha is the publisher and Co-Founder of One Story. She has worked in magazine circulation for over 25 years for titles including Diabetes Self-Management, Lingua Franca, University Business, the New York Review of Books, Working Mother, and The Progressive. In addition to circulation consulting, she currently does marketing and development copywriting for not-for-profits, including the 92nd Street Y and the National Academy Foundation. She has a BA from New York University and an MFA in creative writing from Columbia University.
James Stone Goodman performs with several musical groups, all of which feature original materials based on traditional themes, integrating literary forms in a performance art musical form. In his day job, he serves as a rabbi in St. Louis. 
Rabbi Susan Talve is the founding rabbi of Central Reform Congregation, the only Jewish Congregation located within the city limits of St. Louis, Missouri. When other congregations were leaving the city for the suburbs, Rabbi Susan joined with a small group to keep a vibrant presence in the city to be on the front line of fighting the racism and poverty plaguing the urban center. Today she performs life cycle events, leads worship services for the seven hundred fifty plus households that comprise the congregation, and is actively involved in the teaching of young and adult members. She also teaches courses on Jewish life and thought and in both the Jewish and non-Jewish Communities. Rabbi Susan was ordained by Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati in 1981, where she earned a Master's Degree in Hebrew Letters and a Doctor of Divinity. She was honored with the college's Stephen Levinson Award for Community Service after founding the Jewish Early Learning Cooperative, Ohio's first licensed infant childcare program in the workplace. She was the first non-Christian to receive an honorary Doctorate from Eden Theological Seminary in 2011 for a career of visionary and bold leadership and supporting interfaith relations in the St. Louis community. She was awarded honorary degrees from Washington University, St Lawrence University and has received many awards for her efforts on behalf of the Jewish and non-Jewish community. She and her husband, Rabbi James Stone Goodman are the proud parents of three wonderful adults and two grandsons.
Describing Brothers Lazaroff and the music they play is no easy task.  Shapeshifting through endless configurations…4-7 piece Rock band, 8-11 piece Jazz band, World Music Orchestra, stripped-down roots combo…floating across genres playing their catalog of original songs with a family of some of St. Louis’ finest musicians.
Whether playing thrilling rock ’n’ roll on a festival stage or the intimate confines of a listening room, Brothers Lazaroff mine their catalog of eight full-length albums to craft an experience and labor to give back as much energy as their loyal base of fans gives to them. 
The Black Rep, a 45-year-old legacy Black arts organization, is committed to producing, re-imagining, and commissioning work written by Black playwrights and creating opportunities for new voices and youth. Founded by Producing Director Ron Himes, the vision for The Black Rep continues: a more equitable distribution of opportunities and resources for Black professionals and students in the theatre; improved representation on and back-stage in the theatre industry; and a fostered community culture of support and mentorship for those who will follow.
Event address: 
Central Reform Congregation
5020 Waterman Blvd
Saint Louis, MO 63108
Your Hearts, Your Scars By Adina Talve-Goodman, Jo Firestone (Foreword by), Sarika Talve-Goodman (Editor) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781954276055
Availability: On Our Shelves (Note - We update this inventory once per day.)
Published: Bellevue Literary Press - January 24th, 2023


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