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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 Ilan Stavans

A frequent collaborator with the Yiddish Book Center, we were delighted when Ilan agreed to share some of his highlights from our collections. Ilan is the Lewis-Sebring Professor Humanities, Latin American, and Latino Culture at Amherst College, an award-winning cultural critic, editor, short-story writer, and radio and TV host.