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Please join LILRC to meet librarian and author Eva Jurczyk and hear her discuss her acclaimed mystery novel, The Department of Rare Books and Special Collections (Poisoned Pen Press, 2022).
“Toronto librarian Jurczyk’s first novel is a valentine to librarians that doesn’t shy away from their dark sides.” Kirkus.
“The Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, by far the catchiest book title of the year, is written for book lovers who will no doubt dive in and devour it just like real a bookworm. Eva Jurczyk provides a behind the curtains look at the rare book community, insightfully examining the makeup of the bibliophiles who populate it.” New York Journal of Books.
Eva Jurczyk is a writer and librarian living in Toronto. She has written for Jezebel, The Awl, The Rumpus and Publishers Weekly. Her first novel, THE DEPARTMENT OF RARE BOOKS AND SPECIAL COLLECTIONS was published in January 2022 and was an IndieNext and LibraryReads pick.
In an engaging narrative, The Jews of Long Island tells the story of how Jewish communities were established and developed east of New York City, from Great Neck to Greenport and Cedarhurst to Sag Harbor. Including peddlers, farmers, and factory workers struggling to make a living, as well as successful merchants and even wealthy industrialists like the Guggenheims.
Brad Kolodny spent six years researching how, when, and why Jewish families settled and thrived there. Archival material, including census records, newspaper accounts, never-before-published photos, and personal family histories illuminate Jewish life and experiences during these formative years. With over 4,400 names of people who lived in Nassau and Suffolk counties prior to the end of World War I, The Jews of Long Island is a fascinating history of those who laid the foundation for what has become the fourth largest Jewish community in the United States today. Brad Kolodny is president and founder of the Jewish Historical Society of Long Island and the author of Seeking Sanctuary: 125 Years of Synagogues on Long Island.
Join LILRC to meet bestselling author Jamie Ford and to discuss his work, including his new acclaimed novel, The Many Daughters of Afong Moy (Atria, August 2, 2022), in a moderated conversation. LILRC members who attend will be eligible to win hardcover copies of the book as door prizes.
About the Book:
“Dorothy Moy breaks her own heart for a living.
As Washington’s former poet laureate, that’s how she describes channeling her dissociative episodes and mental health struggles into her art. But when her five-year-old daughter exhibits similar behavior and begins remembering things from the lives of their ancestors, Dorothy believes the past has truly come to haunt her. Fearing that her child is predestined to endure the same debilitating depression that has marked her own life, Dorothy seeks radical help.
Through an experimental treatment designed to mitigate inherited trauma, Dorothy intimately connects with past generations of women in her family: Faye Moy, a nurse in China serving with the Flying Tigers; Zoe Moy, a student in England at a famous school with no rules; Lai King Moy, a girl quarantined in San Francisco during a plague epidemic; Greta Moy, a tech executive with a unique dating app; and Afong Moy, the first Chinese woman to set foot in America.
As painful recollections affect her present life, Dorothy discovers that trauma isn’t the only thing she’s inherited. A stranger is searching for her in each time period. A stranger who’s loved her through all of her genetic memories. Dorothy endeavors to break the cycle of pain and abandonment, to finally find peace for her daughter, and gain the love that has long been waiting, knowing she may pay the ultimate price.”
About Jamie Ford:
Jamie Ford is the great-grandson of Nevada mining pioneer Min Chung, who emigrated from Hoiping, China to San Francisco in 1865, where he adopted the western name Ford, thus confusing countless generations. His debut novel, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, spent two years on the New York Times bestseller list and went on to win the 2010 Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature. His work has been translated into thirty-five languages. Having grown up in Seattle, he now lives in Montana with his wife and a one-eyed pug.
Join LILRC to hear author and journalist Wayne Hoffman speak on his recent memoir, The End of Her: Racing Against Alzheimers to Solve A Murder (Heliotrope Books, 2022).
The End of Her, Hoffman’s nonfiction debut, is a true crime memoir about his efforts to uncover the facts about his great-grandmother’s murder, while watching his own mother’s decline from dementia. One reviewer called the book “a murder mystery wrapped like a delicious knish around a familial love story,” while a historian praised it as “meticulously researched and skillfully written.” Publishers Weekly gave it a starred review, calling it “riveting” and “a unique addition to the cold case subgenre, and a powerful mix of true crime and family memoir.”
About Wayne Hoffman:
Wayne Hoffman has published three novels: Hard and its sequel An Older Man are both published by Bear Bones Books, while the Stonewall Book Award-winning Sweet Like Sugar is published by Kensington Books. He is also a contributor to several anthologies. By day, Wayne is a journalist: His cultural reporting has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Village Voice, The Nation, The Forward, Billboard and The Advocate. He is executive editor of Tablet Magazine.
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