Marjorie Agosin and Ruth Behar, acclaimed Jewish Latin American authors and longtime friends, will talk about their explorations of the voyages of memory in their fiction and other writing. Ruth will present her new middle grade novel, Across So Many Seas, a sweeping historical saga focused on the gripping stories of four girls from many generations of a Sephardic family. Ruth will also speak about the whole corpus of her work on Jewish Cuban heritage. Marjorie will speak about A Cross and a Star: Memoirs of a Jewish Girl in Chile, recently reprinted by the University of New Mexico Press with an introduction by Ruth Behar. In this book Agosin begins to explore her mother’s memory growing up in the south of Chile with pro-Nazi German settlers. She will speak about how memories are constructed through the oral testimonies of her mother and others in the community. She will also speak about the construction of memory in her most recent book, Aldo Izzo and the Jewish Cemetery of the Lido.
This event take places at the Yiddish Book Center. The event is free but registration is encouraged.