Up-and-coming author Lara Vapnyar shares selections from her writing that are amusing, poignant, and wonderfully evocative of the Russian-Jewish-American corner of Brooklyn she once called home. From the elderly Russian babushkas who stagger dramatically around New York to the single immigrants looking for love in English language classes, her characters come to life in this interview by PJC Director Jacques Berlinerblau. Lara Vapnyar emigrated from Russia to New York in 1994 and began publishing short stories in English in 2002. [...]
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“Martin Lemelman,” proclaims his official author biography, “grew up in the back of a candy store in Brooklyn, New York, and is the child of Holocaust survivors.” These life experiences are richly and painstakingly recorded in Lemelman’s work as a graphic memoirist. His 2006 work Mendel’s Daughter, for instance, chronicles his mother Gusta’s girlhood in and eventual escape from Nazi-era Poland. More recently, he has published Two Cents Plain: My Brooklyn Boyhood, a bittersweet reminiscence on growing up in New [...]