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Miriam Karpilove and the Yiddish Newspaper

Hosted By: Yiddish Book Center (Amherst, MA)

When the young narrator of Miriam Karpilove’s “A Provincial Newspaper” leaves New York to work for a new Yiddish newspaper in Massachusetts, she expects to be treated with respect as a professional writer. Instead, she finds herself underpaid and overworked. In this talk, Kirzane will discuss Karpilove’s satire of the Yiddish newspaper workplace together with a selection of short stories Karpilove published in the Forverts in the 1930s, during her time as a staff writer at that newspaper.

Jessica Kirzane is the assistant instructional professor of Yiddish at the University of Chicago. She is the editor in chief of In Geveb: A Journal of Yiddish Studies and the translator of three works by Miriam Karpilove: Diary of a Lonely Girl, or the Battle against Free Love (Syracuse UP, 2020), Judith: A Tale of Love and Woe (Farlag Press, 2022), and A Provincial Newspaper and Other Stories (Syracuse University Press, forthcoming).

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Yiddish Book Center (Amherst, MA)

The Yiddish Book Center is a nonprofit organization working to tell the whole Jewish story by rescuing, translating, and disseminating Yiddish books and presenting innovative educational programs that broaden understanding of modern Jewish identity. The Yiddish Book Center is home to permanent and visiting exhibits; two performance halls with a year-round schedule of educational programs, concerts (including the annual Yidstock: The Festival of New Yiddish Music), films, and events; an English-language bookstore; and a million Yiddish books.
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