I just returned from the Association of Jewish Libraries Convention at the Seattle Fairmont Hotel after 3 wonderful, stimulating days re-connecting with friends and talking about Jewish books. I’ve been to numerous AJL conventions and there’s always a point, usually after the first lunch, when I begin to think about how sorry I’ll be when it’s over.
I gave a talk called The Other Side of the Coin: Jewish Memoirs for Fiction Readers, linking up fiction genres with memoirs, i.e., if you like historical fiction, try these memoirs. I talked about wonderful memoirs like Adam Hochschild’s Half the Way Home, Ida Cook’s Safe Passage, Philip Roth’s Patrimony, and Lucette Lagnado’s The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit. You can see and print out the bibliography here.
I’ll write more about what I learned at the conference and from traveling around the Olympic Peninsula shortly.