Wednesday, November 20th at 6:30 pm - Publication Party! Sarah Abrevaya Stein w/ Mark Sarvas discusses and signs "Family Papers"

Join us on Wednesday, November 20th at 6:30 pm as we welcome Sarah Abrevaya Stein to the store to discuss and sign Family Papers: A Sephardic Journey Through the Twentieth Century! Joining her in conversation will be fellow author Mark Sarvas.

This will be her Publication Party and all are welcome to attend! Please note that this event will take place in the lower outdoor courtyard adjacent to our store.

An award-winning historian shares the true story of a frayed and diasporic Sephardic Jewish family preserved in thousands of letters. For centuries, the bustling port city of Salonica was home to the sprawling Levy family. As leading publishers and editors, they helped chronicle modernity as it was experienced by Sephardic Jews across the Ottoman Empire. The wars of the twentieth century, however, redrew the borders around them, in the process transforming the Levys from Ottomans to Greeks. Family members soon moved across boundaries and hemispheres, stretching the familial diaspora from Greece to Western Europe, Israel, Brazil, and India. In time, the Holocaust nearly eviscerated the clan, eradicating whole branches of the family tree.

In Family Papers, the prizewinning Sephardic historian Sarah Abrevaya Stein uses the family’s correspondence to tell the story of their journey across the arc of a century and the breadth of the globe. They wrote to share grief and to reveal secrets, to propose marriage and to plan for divorce, to maintain connection. They wrote because they were family. And years after they frayed, Stein discovers, what remains solid is the fragile tissue that once held them together: neither blood nor belief, but papers.

With meticulous research and care, Stein uses the Levys' letters to tell not only their history, but the history of Sephardic Jews in the twentieth century.

Sarah Abrevaya Stein is the Sady and Ludwig Kahn Director of the Alan D. Leve Center for Jewish Studies, as well as Professor of History and the Maurice Amado Chair in Sephardic Studies at UCLA. She is the author or editor of nine books, including Extraterritorial Dreams: European Citizenship, Sephardi Jews, and the Ottoman Twentieth Century and Plumes: Ostrich Feathers, Jews, and a Lost World of Global Commerce. The recipient of the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature, three National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and two National Jewish Book Awards, Stein lives with her family in Santa Monica, CA

Mark Sarvas is the American Book Award-winning author of the novels Memento Park and Harry, Revised. He was a finalist for the prestigious Sami Rohr Prize, and won the 2019 Association of Jewish Libraries Fiction Award. His debut novel, Harry, Revised, was published in more than a dozen countries around the world. He is a member of the National Book Critics Circle whose criticism has appeared in The New York Times Book Review, Bookforum, and numerous other outlets. He lives in Santa Monica and teaches advanced novel writing in the UCLA Extension Writers Program. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing & Literature from Bennington College.

Event date: 
Wednesday, November 20, 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Event address: 
DIESEL, A Bookstore
225 26th St
Santa Monica, CA 90402
Family Papers: A Sephardic Journey Through the Twentieth Century Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374185428
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - November 19th, 2019

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