Conversations, Volume 7: Wayne Hoffman
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Join host Allen Maniker as he interviews Wayne Hoffman, Executive Editor of Tablet Magazine.
Wayne Hoffman is executive editor of Tablet, a daily Jewish magazine online. He previously served as managing editor at the Forward, Billboard, and the New York Blade. He’s written about Jewish issues for the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and Hadassah Magazine, and his cultural reporting has appeared in dozens of publications, including the Village Voice, The Nation, Slate, Out, and—closer to home—OutPost, Michigan’s LGBT newspaper in the 1990s. Wayne is the author of three novels, including Sweet Like Sugar—about the unlikely friendship between a young gay man and an elderly Orthodox rabbi—which won the American Library Association’s Stonewall Book Award. He also edited the anthology What We Brought Back: Jewish Life After Birthright, and contributed to numerous nonfiction collections, including The 100 Most Jewish Foods and Mama’s Boy: Gay Men Write About Their Mothers. In 2022, Heliotrope Books will publish his family memoir The End of Her, about his mother’s battle with Alzheimer’s Disease and his great-grandmother’s unsolved murder in the Hebrew Colony of Winnipeg a century ago. Wayne lives with his husband in New York City and the Catskills.
Allen Maniker, M.D. is a graduate of the Juilliard School with a BFA in dance. He went on to perform with Bat Dor of Israel, The Joyce Trisler Danscompany, The Sophie Maslow Dance Company, a guest season with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and several other New York contemporary dance companies. After finishing his performing career, he went on to obtain an M.D. degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit Michigan, his hometown. He recently retired as Chairman of Neurosurgery at Mount Sinai Beth Israel Hospital and Professor of Neurosurgery at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He currently works as a docent at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and he is on the Board of the Martha Hill Dance Fund as well as Chairman of the Board of the Steps Beyond Foundation.