Deschutes Public Library News
Mothers & Other Fictions in Yiddish Art
Posted By: Liz Goodrich
Date Posted: 5/10/2008
Join in the Novel Idea ... Read Together community reading project on Sunday, May 11 at 1:30 pm at the Redmond Public Library with a presentation by Gail Sherman of Reed College.
During her presentation Sherman examines the rich but little known traditions of Yiddish literature and artistic production, as well as traditional Hebrew texts set against the backdrop of complicated Russian Jewish history. Sherman, Professor of English and Humanities at Reed College in Portland OR, has taught Jewish literature in academic and informal settings. She is currently working on a book re-assessing the fiction of the Jewish-American novelist Joanne Greenberg.
The 2008 “A Novel Idea…Read Together” selection, is “The World to Come” by Dara Horn. Through the life of former child prodigy Ben Ziskind, Horn tells an amazing story that weaves art, history, religious and cultural Judaism together into a canvas as colorful, symbolic, and rich as a Marc Chagall painting. From the orphanages of Soviet Russia to the suburbs of New Jersey, Horn takes readers deep into the traditions of Yiddish literature and Jewish mythology, and brilliantly combines the themes of mystery, theology, folklore, and art in one spellbinding, award winning novel. Programming for this year’s novel begins on April 26th and will culminate with the author reading at the Tower Theatre on Thursday, May 15th.
People with disabilites needing accommodations (alternative formats, seating, or auxiliary aides) should contact the library at 312-1032 one week in advance of the program.