Binghamton University to host award-winning author, critic and editor


BINGHAMTON, NY – Binghamton University will host a reading by award-winning novelist and critic, Melvin Jules Bukiet, at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 15, in room 258 of the Fine Arts Building, on the University campus.  This event is free and open to the public.

Bukiet will provide a reading from his book, The Florida Sunshine Tree, as part of the “Passie Hinden Burch/Vivian Cohen Burch Reading in Post-Holocaust Fiction” series.  The series is affiliated with the University’s Post Holocaust Literature course. Bukiet belongs to the “Second Generation,” the children of Holocaust survivors – a trait which influences and informs his work.

Bukiet is best known for his books While the Messiah Tarries, After, Strange Dust, A Faker’s Dozen and Signs and Wonders.  He is also known as a critic and editor of collections such as Nothing Makes You Free, Scribblers on the Roof and Neurotica: Jewish Writers on Sex.  He won the 1992 Edward Lewis Wallant Award, which is presented annually to an American writer whose fiction is considered to have significance for American Jews.  He was also nominated for a National Book Award for Stories of an Imaginary Childhood.  Bukiet’s essays have been published in The Paris Review, Antaeus, The American Scholar, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and The New York Times.

A reception and book signing will follow in the Grand Corridor of the Fine Arts building. 

For more information, email Paul-William Burch at or Beth Burch at


Last Updated: 9/17/13