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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 Lisa Newman

As the Yiddish Book Center's director of communications, Lisa Newman plays an integral role in helping to shape the lineup and coordinate the always lively four days of Yidstock: The Festival of New Yiddish Music. Here, she shares some of her favorite finds from the performers that appeared at this year's event.