2020 Anne and Robert Cowan Writer’s Prize Virtual Reception

August 13, 2020
5:00 PM - 5:45 PM
Zoom (link will be provided upon registration)


Congratulations to Chanan Tigay, recipient of the 2020 Anne and Robert Cowan Writer’s Prize!

Author Chanan Tigay's first book, The Lost Book of Moses: The Hunt for the World’s Oldest Bible documents his six-year hunt—across eight countries and four continents—for what was once believed to be the oldest Bible in the world. An associate professor at San Francisco State University, his search for the Bible manuscript prominently features the city of San Francisco.

Join us for this virtual reception honoring Chanan to hear the true story behind The Lost Book of Moses from the author himself.

The Zoom link for the event will be provided upon registration.

You can learn more about Chanan and his publication in this interview with Howard Freedman, Director of the Jewish Community Library, a program of Jewish LearningWorks.

The Ann and Robert Cowan Writer’s Prize was established at the Federation in 2004 and recognizes writers who have made an exceptional impact in the Bay Area through their uniquely Jewish perspective. Awardees must be emerging published Jewish writers who live in the Bay Area and engage thoughtfully with Jewish themes in their work. The Cowan Prize includes a grant of $5,000.

Interests: Arts & Culture, Virtual
Organized By: 
Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund
Event Contact Person: 
Alan Brody
Chanan Tigay
Chanan Tigay is an award-winning writer and journalist who has covered the Middle East, 9/11, and the United Nations for numerous magazines, newspapers, and wires. Author of The Lost Book of Moses: the Hunt for the World’s Oldest Bible (Ecco/HarperCollins), Tigay recently was featured talent in the two-hour History Channel special “The God Code.” Born in Jerusalem, Tigay holds degrees from Columbia University and the University of Pennsylvania, was an Investigative Reporting Fellow at U.C. Berkeley, and is a professor of Creative Writing at San Francisco State University. He is currently spending the year at Harvard University as a fellow of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.