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A Focus On Isaac Bashevis Singer

The latest special issue of Pakn Treger—“Isaac Bashevis Singer: Relaunching Our Greatest Storyteller”—includes a range of features, including the discovery in Poland of printing plates that are the only remaining artifact of Singer’s earliest known work; a piece about Singer’s childhood obsession with a series of Yiddish detective novels; an interview with renowned photographer Bruce Davidson, who directed Singer in a little-known art film, Isaac Singer’s Nightmare and Mrs. Pupko’s Beard, based on a short story by the writer, who also stars in the film; as well as a compendium in which contemporary writers write about their favorite Singer story. We've selected a few pieces from the issue.

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Handpicked Leah Reis-Dennis

An alumna of the Yiddish Book Center's Steiner Summer Yiddish Program, Leah’s picks from our collections are as eclectic as her resume: after participating in the Steiner Program, Leah continued her study of Yiddish at Harvard and is now the producer of the PBS program Poetry in America. Yiddish remains part of her life, especially her music. Last year she won the Yiddish Idol competition in Mexico City.