Bruce R. Wilkerson discusses «A Glance at My Other». He will be joined in conversation by Rachel Kligerman.
At 57th Street Books
About the book: Paris was only supposed to have been be a break from college when Josh Cohn is evicted from his lodging. But whilst sulking in a bistro he notices a beautiful Arabic girl who, minutes later, he witnesses drowning. In the same moment he pulls Neïla's unconscious form from the water, Josh is killed and the two strangers' spirits meet… Josh's consciousness is thrown into the young girl's body. Immersed in the unfamiliar fundamentalist lifestyle of Neïla's family, Josh struggles for Neïla's rights when she is forced to wear the hijab. Treated as insane for trying to escape, Josh becomes a prisoner to Neïla’s violent eldest brother, who has just returned from the jihad. When Josh discovers that Neïla had killed her father and he informs the police about her brother’s doings, he must unravel the mysteries, escape, or be killed again.
About the author: Bruce R. Wilkerson grew up in Hyde Park, Chicago where he attended the U of C Lab School. After three years of University in the U.S., he went to study at the University of Provence where he earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees in fine arts, English and French. He then lived in Aix-en-Provence for fifteen years where he pursued a career in the arts and teaching. Today he is an English teacher to physically handicapped or hospitalized French children and runs a combination art gallery-dance studio where he also teaches Argentine tango, a discipline he has studied and practiced for twenty years. His broad interest in the creative arts led him first to writing poetry, then prose and in time, full length novels. «A Glance at My Other» is his first published work. Today he lives with his wife near Paris.
About the interlocutor: Rachel Kligerman was raised in Hyde Park, graduating from U-High along with Bruce Wilkerson and many other talented people. She received a degree in Comparative Literature from Smith College and an MBA from Boston University before being recruited back to Chicago by the ad agency Leo Burnett. She spent 24 years at Burnett, as a Planner, a discipline which combines market research and insights to create brand strategies. In 2011, she left Burnett to form her own company, Insights Straight Up, where she continues to conduct research and uncover insights for many of America’s best known brands. She has interviewed hundreds of consumers over the years, and is thrilled and honored to interview Bruce today.