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In Eve Hoffman on May 31, 2018 at 3:16 PM



In Memory & Complicity, we feel skirts of summer dust as Eve Hoffman rides on dirt roads barefoot on a bike or clings to a runaway horse. We walk with her though an exhibit of one hundred and fifty postcards of lynchings. We see a girl in a yellow dress at the synagogue her great-grandparents founded—the synagogue bombed four hours later by white racists. We see black-faced jockeys in front yards. We listen to lullabies written in the Nazi concentration camps played on her mother’s piano—and the realization her mother was pregnant with her as they were being written. We taste sweet-potato pies and feel the wooden pews of churches turning their backs as gay men die. We watch giggling children dive from the top of the refrigerator into their father’s arms. We accompany a widow rebuilding her life, catching fireflies with her grandchildren, dancing with them in the rain.


Memory & Complicity available at Amazon.com, Mercer University Press.com, Barnes & Noble.com or evehoffman@bellsouth.net



Eve Hoffman confronts our moral sensibilities. Being a white, Jewish girl (and then woman) of privilege in the South over the last half century was fraught with contradictions and challenge. Eve reveals not being taught of the 1906 Atlanta race riot, or of her great-grandmother’s involvement in the Georgia Women’s Suffrage movement. She recalls black field hands not being invited to sit at a common table, and of learning the startling truth that lynchings were not the furtive acts of rednecks but public displays of racial power where tickets were sometimes sold. She shares the experience of living on a farm where cows were shot and hung by their legs to be butchered. In her honest, unembellished way, Eve’s unsettling glimpses of her own past are a moral challenge to our to our own willful ignorances and the difficult truths of our own life history.

~ Paul Root Wolpe, Director, Emory University Center for Ethics from Forward to Memory & Complicity


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In Eve Hoffman on May 1, 2018 at 8:00 AM

We find our own stories in Eve Hoffman’s poetry—affirming, bearing witness both intimate and epic in the time flow of the second half of the twentieth century.

~Paul Root Wolpe , Director, Center for Ethics, Emory University


CONTACT  to schedule:   

PARALLEL LIVES. Eve Parker Hoffman, white, Jewish, Georgia poet and Jacqueline Clay Chester, black, Christian, New Yorker, high fashion model, playwright collaborate in a thought-provoking conversation based on the parallels in their lives. Hoffman’s book Memory & Complicity and Chester’s Black Girl in Moscow available on Amazon and at events.  Contact memoryandcomplicity@gmail.com or jchesterga@yahoo.com to schedule.


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May 1, 2019  Wednesday, 11:00 AM – 2:15 PM.

The University of Georgia, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, River’s Crossing, 850 College Station Road, Athens, GA

Memory & Complicity: Meeting Robert Franklin’s challenge – A rare window into complicated issues of identity, community, social evil and moral possibilities. I hope that you will peer into this unsettling mirror, invited by Eve’s lyrical gifts, and begin the process of reflection, dialogue and action to repair a broken world. (Robert Franklin, President Emeritus, Morehouse College)

Recommend reading Memory & Complicity beforehand. Available on Amazon.com, MercerUniversityPress.com, BarnesandNoble.com.


May 22, 2019 Reading in Boston.  Details TBD   Contact memoryandcomplicity.com if interested.


May 23, 2019 Thursday, TILLI, Lifelong Learning Institute, Temple Israel, Boston. Final talk in a series studying southern America Jewry before a field trip to Charleston, SC and Savannah, GA.  Recommend reading Memory & Complicity beforehand.


August 13, 2019 Tuesday, Poets Read, Sewell Mill Library & Cultural Center, 2051 Lower Roswell Rd., Marietta, GA   (770) 509-2711


Fall 2019  Emory University,  Osher Life Long Learning  TBD


 Organize a reading and discussion of MEMORY & COMPLICITY 

  1. Identify 1 or 2 co-hosts.
  2. Locate a place and set time – library, church/synagogue/mosque, someone’s home, bookstore, art gallery, as program for an already scheduled event, e.g. Rotary, be creative.
  3. Get e-mail invitation designed specific to your event from Eve or design your own.
  4. Send e-mail invitations with personal note. Eve can also do e-blast to her list and put info in newsletter (if in a public place).
  5. Re-send invitation and reminder a few days before event.
  6. Organize drinks and light food.
  7. Set up table for sales and signing books

Approximately half hour after starting time (depends on the group) Eve will read for 20-30 minutes from MEMORY & COMPLICITY tailored to audience. Reading followed by discussion and conversation.

Contact: evehoffman@bellsouth.net


All welcome!