American Studies board of visitors member Alan Robert Ginsberg was recently selected as the recipient of the Special Jury Prize of the Richard Wall Memorial Award by the Theatre Library Association. His award-winning book, The Salome Ensemble: Rose Pastor Stokes, Anzia Yezierska, Sonya Levine, and Jetta Goudal, was published with Syracuse University Press in 2016 and named a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award in that year.
The Theatre Library Association was founded in 1937 to support the preservation and accessibility of archival resources of the performing arts including theatre, dance, popular entertainment, broadcasting, and motion pictures. Each year the TLA awards book prizes for exemplary work: the George Freedley Memorial Award for work on theatre or live performance and the Richard Wall Memorial Award for recorded performances.
Alan Ginsberg's book uniquely weaves together the stories of four women who inspired, wrote, and performed the story Salome of the Tenements, a 1922 novel that was later developed into a film.
The Theatre Library Association will host an awards gala in the Café of the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts on Friday October 13.