Author Archives: Kara Matthews

May Reading at KGB

The different faces of war, loss, love, and art across geographies and generations: join us to hear the masterful works of Elliot Ackerman, Alia Malek, and Ellen Umansky. We’ll be at KGB Bar in the East Village on Thursday, May 11. Elliot Ackerman’s highly anticipated second novel, Dark at the Crossing, is a timely story […]

Adversity Meets Diversity

How Yangsook Choi’s The Name Jar helped students write about conflict and become their own hero. Introductions When I first met the 5th grade students at PS 98, they were eagerly engaged in a conversation with the visiting author, Yangsook Choi. The writer asked the students why their favorite book was their favorite. Their answers […]

Cheer for a Volunteer—It’s National Volunteer Week

National Volunteer Week, established in 1974 by President Richard Nixon, is a time to acknowledge and celebrate people who donate their time, skills, and energy in service to their communities. From April 23rd through 29th, you can share why you volunteer and what it means to you, while encouraging your friends, co-workers, and family to […]

Meet the Supporter: Pat Levenson

We thought you’d all like to learn about a supporter who has been with us from the start – not only as a donor, but initially as a teacher at one of our partner schools. Claire Strickland, an English major at NYU, profiles our long-time friend Pat Levenson: The gift of inspired readers comes from […]

Meet the Teacher: Brenda Changkit

Literacy is an important part of any child’s education. Brenda Changkit, a kindergarten teacher who has worked with Behind the Book for five years, believes “the earlier, the better” when it comes to exposing kids to books. “I believe even in the womb kids are able to hear,” she said. “So even with my own […]

April Reading at KGB

Spring is finally here! And so is Behind the Book’s April reading at KGB Bar. Join us on Thursday, April 13th at 7pm to hear these two talented ladies, Min Jin Lee and Cara Hoffman, read from their latest works. Min Jin Lee’s profoundly moving and gracefully told tour de force, Pachinko, follows one Korean […]

Behind the Book on NBC’s GIVE!

Behind the Book was beyond thrilled to be featured on NBC’s philanthropic reality show, GIVE, on March 11. As you may know, our Executive Director worked in television for 20 years before she launched Behind the Book. But Jo was on the production side, and in no way used to being in front of the […]

March Reading at KGB

Our March reading at KGB Bar in Manhattan’s East Village is filled to the brim with new works! Four authors will headline on Thursday, March 9 at 7PM: André Aciman is the acclaimed author of the new novel, Enigma Variations.  His prior books include Eight White Nights, Call Me by Your Name, Out of Egypt, False Papers, Alibis, and Harvard Square, and the editor […]