When the Wolves of Hate were Loose: Atlanta, 1958

Melissa Fay Greene speaks about the bombing of The Temple on the 60th anniversary of the events. 

Wednesday, October 17, 2018cover-temple.jpg
6 p.m.
Agnes Scott College
Frannie Graves Auditorium 

On October 12, 1958, anti-Semitic white supremacists dynamited The Temple, Atlanta’s oldest synagogue, in an attempt to silence its rabbi, Jacob Rothschild, an outspoken ally of Dr. Martin Luther King and advocate of racial equality. On this 60th anniversary month, Agnes Scott College Distinguished Writer-in-Residence Melissa Fay Greene, award-winning author of THE TEMPLE BOMBING, will speak about an era in which underground cells of neo-Nazis attempted to halt social progress, but a few visionaries and humanitarians looked beyond them and inspired millions. “Greene is both a spectacularly evocative writer and an accomplished social historian,” The San Diego Union-Tribune said upon the book's publication. “This is stay-up-past-your-bedtime stuff.” She is no less engaging a speaker.


About Melissa Fay Greene 

Melissa Fay Greene is the author of six books of nonfiction: Praying for Sheetrock (1991), The Temple Bombing (1996), Last Man Out (2003), There Is No Me Without You (2006), No Biking in the House Without a Helmet (2011), and The Underdogs (2016).  The newest is an expansion of “Wonder Dog,” a 2012 New York Times Magazine feature story which became one of the most popular, most shared NYTimes articles of the year.

Melissa’s work has been translated into a dozen languages and has been honored with a Guggenheim Fellowship, two National Book Award nominations, a National Book Critics Circle Award nomination, the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, the Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize, the Southern Book Critics Circle Award, the ACLU National Civil Liberties Award, the Hadassah Myrtle Wreath Award, Elle Magazine’s Readers’ Prize, the Salon Book Prize, a Lyndhurst Foundation Fellowship, a Dog Writers of America Award, a J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize finalist citation, the Georgia Governor’s Award for the Arts & Humanities, and induction into the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame. She has contributed to The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, New York Magazine, Newsweek, LIFE, MS, CNN.com, Huffington Post, Daily Beast, and other print and online periodicals. Praying For Sheetrock was named one of the Top 100 Works of American Journalism of the 20th century and appears on Entertainment Weekly‘s list of “The New Classics–The 100 Best Books of the Last 25 Years.”

A native of Macon, Georgia, childhood resident of Dayton, Ohio, and 1975 graduate of Oberlin College, Melissa and her husband, defense attorney Don Samuel, live in Atlanta and are the parents of nine.

This event was made possible by the James T. and Ella Rather Kirk Fund, which is dedicated to enriching the college’s academic programs in literature, history, music, art and philosophy.