Tara Ison - "At the Hour Between Dog and Wolf"

Wednesday, March 22, 2023 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Event Presenter/Author: 
Tara Ison

Tara Ison will discuss At the Hour Between Dog and Wolf. 

This event will be held in person at International House at the University of Chicago.


About the book: At the Hour Between Dog and Wolf is the story of a twelve-year-old Parisian Jewish girl in World War II France, living “in hiding” as a Catholic orphan with a family in a small village.

When Danielle Marton’s father is killed during the early days of the German Occupation, her mother sends her to live in a quiet farming town near Limoges in Vichy France. Now called Marie-Jeanne Chantier, Danielle struggles to balance the truth of what’s happened to her family and her country with the lies she must tell to keep herself safe. At first, she’s bitter about being left behind by her mother, and horrified at having to milk the cow and memorize Catholic prayers for church. But as the years pass and the Occupation worsens, Danielle finds it easier to suppress her former life entirely, and Marie-Jeanne becomes less and less of an act. By the time she’s fifteen and there is talk amongst the now divided town of an Allied invasion, not only has Danielle lost the memories of her father’s face and the smell of her mother’s perfume, but her very self, transforming into a strict Catholic and an anti-Semitic, fervent disciple of fascism.

About the author: Tara Ison is the author of the novels The List, A Child out of Alcatraz, and Rockaway; the essay collection, Reeling Through Life: How I Learned to Live, Love, and Die at the Movies; and the short story collection, Ball. Ison’s short fiction, essays, poetry, and book reviews have appeared in Tin House, O, The Oprah Magazine, Salon, The Kenyon Review, The Rumpus, TriQuarterly, Publishers Weekly, The Week, The Mississippi Review, LA Weekly, the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Chicago Tribune, the San Jose Mercury News, Nerve.com, Electric Literature, and numerous anthologies. She’s also the co-writer of the cult movie Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead. She is the recipient of 2020 and 2008 National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship and a 2008 COLA Individual Artist Grant, as well as multiple Yaddo fellowships, a fellowship at Hawthornden Castle in Scotland, a Rotary Foundation Scholarship for International Study, a Brandeis National Women’s Committee Award, a Thurber House Fiction Writer-in-Residence Fellowship, the Simon Blattner Fellowship from Northwestern University, and a California Arts Council Artists’ Fellowship Award. Ison received her MFA in Fiction & Literature from Bennington College. She is currently Professor of Fiction at Arizona State University. Her new novel is At the Hour Between Dog and Wolf

Event Location:

1414 E 59th St, Chicago, IL 60637

Event Location: 
International House at the University of Chicago
1414 E 59th St
Chicago, IL 60637