Join the Ivy Bookshop on Saturday, March 16 at 6:30 as it welcomes its own former poetry section curator, Lindsay Stuart Hill, who will read from her book of poems, One Life. On Sunday, March 17 at 5:30, spend the early evening with the husband and wife team of Todd Gray and Ellen Kassoff Gray as they discuss their new book, The New Jewish Table.
Lindsay Stuart Hill is a graduate of Goucher College, where she received two Kratz Creative Writing Fellowships to write poetry in Ireland and at Zen Mountain Monastery in New York. Since graduating, she has been employed as the Poet-in-Residence at the Carver Center in Towson, the editorial assistant for the Goucher Quarterly and a bookseller at The Ivy. She has also worked on organic farms in Oregon and her home state, New Hampshire. She is currently an MFA candidate in poetry at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.
Here’s what other poets are saying about Lindsay’s collection:
“A title like One Life might suggest the false counsel of easy sentiment — one life and one love and one world — but these poems by Lindsay Stuart Hill are too smart, too honest, too ravishing. ‘This makes a flower/of my mouth,’ is arresting, lovely, but it’s the following line that deepens the moment: ‘Bees fly in.’ The world flies into this collection: peacocks meow in the darkness. Rain on a roof hums. Cicadas sing. So do these poems.” — Paul Guest
“Many of Lindsay Stuart Hill’s poems force me to experience them on an unparaphrasable, intuitive level. There is a remarkable purity of intention here and yet something important has been left unsaid. Good poems, great poems, often resist the reader. I have read these poems many times and continue to feel I have not yet penetrated to their heart or core. I know I will keep coming back to them.” — Elizabeth Spires
“Lindsay Stuart Hill’s One Life is a delight. Whether the poet finds herself in India, Paris, Pamukkale, or a kitchen cutting up vegetables, she braids together spiritual and poetic ambitions into alert and persuasive acts of imagination.” — Gregory Orr
The New Jewish Table explores the melding of two different cooking cultures – seasonal American and Eastern-European Jewish – sharing the mouth-watering recipes that result from this flavorful union. When chef Todd married his wife, Ellen, who is Jewish, he received his initiation into the world of Jewish cooking. Todd and Ellen talk about the food they grew up with, their life together and how rewarding the sharing of two people’s traditions – and meals – can be.
With over 125 recipes, from Ellen’s Falafel with Pickled Vegetables and Minted Lemon Yogurt, to Chocolate Hazelnut Rugelach, The New Jewish Table includes dishes for every occasion that the entire family will enjoy.
Todd Gray is a five-time James Beard Award nominee. He graduated with honors from the Culinary Institute of America and has cooked with some of the nation’s top chefs at premier restaurants, including The French Laundry, Daniel and Roberto Donna’s Galileo. He met his wife, Ellen, while on the job as a sous-chef at Galileo. Todd and Ellen co-own and operate Equinox, Muse at the Corcoran Gallery and Hamill Gray Catering, all in Washington, DC. Todd is also the culinary director for Salamander Hotels and Resorts and the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center.
Ellen Kassoff Gray is a native Washingtonian and award-winning General Manager for all the Grays’ operations. She is a member of Les Dames d’Escoffier and, among other honors, has received the Women Chefs and Restaurateurs Golden Fork Award for Front-of-the-House Excellence.
Both events take place this weekend, Saturday, March 16 and Sunday, March 17, at The Ivy Bookshop, 6080 Falls Road. For more information visit the Ivy Bookshop website.