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AUTHOR TALK | “The Book Rescuer” with Sue Macy


October 6th, 2019.


2:00 PM to 3:30 PM




Yiddish Book Center, 1021 West Street Amherst, MA 01002


Yiddish Book Center: programs@yiddishbookcenter.org



Author Sue Macy will talk about her children's book, The Book Rescuer, a story about the power of an individual to preserve history and culture, while exploring timely themes of identity and immigration. 

Over the last forty years, Aaron Lansky has jumped into dumpsters, rummaged around musty basements, and crawled through cramped attics. He did all of this in pursuit of a particular kind of treasure, and he's found plenty. Lansky's treasure was any book written in Yiddish, the language of generations of European Jews. When he started looking for Yiddish books, experts estimated there might be about 70,000 still in existence. Since then, the MacArthur Genius Grant recipient has collected close to 1.5 million books, and he's finding more every day.