Judging Noa by Michal Strutin – Book Launch Presentation & Party – June 21

Judging Noa by Michal Strutin
Book Launch Presentation & Party

Thursday, June 21, 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Sponsored by Adult Ed

Author Michal Strutin will do a presentation, a short reading and a Q&A. Sweet and savory snacks and beverages will be served. All are welcome!

Noa, at sixteen, sets out with the twelve tribes of the Exodus, dreaming of a life of freedom and the Promised Land that her father says will be theirs. When religious fanatics kill her father, Noa and her four sisters are in danger of being sold into bondage. Noa vows to win women’s rights of inheritance to protect her sisters and herself. Pleading her case before ever-higher courts, Noa encounters a malicious judge and the dark side of power.

Gaining strength and complexity as she approaches the highest judge, Noa and her pursuit causes turmoil among the tribes: she is a notorious troublemaker, and heroic. Based on a few biblical verses, the turbulence of Noa’s life is set against the sweeping turbulence of the Exodus. In Judging Noa, her quest for justice is a journey that has as much meaning today as it did then.

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About the Author

Judging Noa is Michal Strutin’s debut novel. She is now working on a mystery series set in the Late Renaissance. Michal’s award-winning nonfiction focuses on natural and cultural history and travel. Her eight nonfiction books include Places of Grace: the Natural Landscapes of the American Midwest with photographer Gary Irving; Discovering Natural Israel, a high-spirited discovery of flora, fauna, and people; Florida State Parks: a Complete Recreation Guide; and History Hikes of the Smokies.

Michal’s articles have appeared in the New York TimesLos Angeles TimesTabletOutside, and many others. She worked as an editor at National ParksOutsideSan Francisco Examiner, and The Washington Post, and copy editor at Rolling Stone. She is also a research librarian, most recently serving as science librarian at Santa Clara University.

Historical fiction intrigues me. I love the research, discovering amazing lives and amazing facts in any age. I also love the resonance between the dilemmas of people then and now. People haven’t changed much. Despite the differences in technologies and material culture, the problems of then are often similar to the problems of now.

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