Sarah Abrevaya Stein

Award winning historian Sarah Abrevaya Stein, Director of the Alan D. Leve Center for Jewish Studies at UCLA, shares the true story of a frayed and diasporic Sephardic Jewish family preserved in thousands of letters. Her book, Family Papers: A Sephardic Journey Through the Twentieth Century (Farrar, Straus & Giroux) is an account of the Salonic based Levy family, leading publishers and editors who helped chronicle modernity as it was experienced by Sephardic Jewis across the Ottoman Empire.

“By turns intimate and expansive, mournful and celebratory, Sarah Abrevaya Stein's Family Papers mines a remarkable trove of letters to detail the dramatically shifting fortunes of one extended Sephardic clan. As she brings us inside the lives and lines of her border-crossing, multigenerational cast of correspondents, Stein also makes expert use of her skills as cultural historian, textual detective, and savvy social cartographer to map the fate of a fading world." --Adina Hoffman. 

Co-presented by Seattle Public Library and the Sephardic Studies Program, Stroum Center for Jewish Studies at the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington.  Free admission. More information, here.

Family Papers: A Sephardic Journey Through the Twentieth Century Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374185428
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - November 19th, 2019

Tuesday, February 4, 2020 - 7:00pm
Central Seattle Public Library
1000 Fourth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104