Book launch!

If you’re in Toronto this up-coming Sunday, June 2nd, the Toronto Jewish Literary Festival is holding the Ontario book launch of The Exile Book of Yiddish Women Writers.  The event will feature editor Freida Forman, with dramatic readers in Yiddish and English.  Joining Ms. Forman for the launch are Yiddish expert Gloria Brumer, actress and singer Theresa Tova, and pianist Matt Herscowitz.

From the Festival’s website:

This anthology presents new translations by 8 Canadian translators of short stories, excerpts, and personal essays of 13 influential Yiddish women writers including Canadians Chava Rosenfarb, Rachel Korn and Ida Maze. The texts, many of them never before translated into English, focus on subjects such as family life, longing for independence, yearning for learning, creative expression, the aftermath of the Holocaust, immigration, and the conflicted entry of Jewish women into the modern world. These powerful accounts provide a vital link to understanding the Jewish experience at a time of conflict and tumultuous change.

The Jewish Public Library Archives was pleased to assist, even in small doses, with the detailed research that went into the creation of this volume.  Congratulations to everyone involved in the development and launch of this vital work recognizing the work and influence of Yiddish women writers!

For more information on the event, please visit the Festival’s site at:


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