Author Event: Ruth Behar - "Across So Many Seas" with Susan Lynn Meyer

Event date: 
04/04/2024 - 6:30pm

Ruth Behar, the Pura Belpré Award-winning author of Lucky Broken Girl and Letters from Cuba, joins us to discuss her new book, Across So Many Seas. Ruth will be in conversation with Susan Lynn Meyer, author of A Sky Full of Song

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ABOUT THE BOOK

"As lyrical as it is epic, Across So Many Seas reminds us that while the past may be another country, it's also a living, breathing song of sadness and joy that helps define who we are." –Alan Gratz, New York Times bestselling author of Refugee

Spanning over 500 years, Pura Belpré Award winner Ruth Behar's epic novel tells the stories of four girls from different generations of a Jewish family, many of them forced to leave their country and start a new life.

In 1492, during the Spanish Inquisition, Benvenida and her family are banished from Spain for being Jewish, and must flee the country or be killed. They journey by foot and by sea, eventually settling in Istanbul.

Over four centuries later, in 1923, shortly after the Turkish war of independence, Reina’s father disowns her for a small act of disobedience. He ships her away to live with an aunt in Cuba, to be wed in an arranged marriage when she turns fifteen.

In 1961, Reina’s daughter, Alegra, is proud to be a brigadista, teaching literacy in the countryside for Fidel Castro. But soon Castro’s crackdowns force her to flee to Miami all alone, leaving her parents behind.

Finally, in 2003, Alegra’s daughter, Paloma, is fascinated by all the journeys that had to happen before she could be born. A keeper of memoriesshe’s thrilled by the opportunity to learn more about her heritage on a family trip to Spain, where she makes a momentous discovery.

Though many years and many seas separate these girls, they are united by a love of music and poetry, a desire to belong and to matter, a passion for learning, and their longing for a home where all are welcome. And each is lucky to stand on the shoulders of their courageous ancestors.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Ruth Behar (ruthbehar.com), the Pura Belpré Award-winning author of Lucky Broken Girl and Letters from Cuba, was born in Havana, Cuba, grew up in New York, and has also lived in Spain and Mexico. Her work also includes poetry, memoir, and the acclaimed travel books An Island Called Home and Traveling Heavy. She was the first Latina to win a MacArthur "Genius" Grant, and other honors include a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship and being named a "Great Immigrant" by the Carnegie Corporation. An anthropology professor at the University of Michigan, she lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

 

ABOUT THE MODERATOR

Susan Lynn Meyer is the author of three novels for young readers—Black Radishes, Skating with the Statue of Liberty, and, most recently, A Sky Full of Song—as well as picture books and numerous works of literary criticism. Her works have won the Jane Addams Peace Association Award, the New York State Charlotte Award, and the Sydney Taylor Honor Award, among many others. Her novels have been chosen as Junior Library Guild and PJ Our Way selections, included among Bank Street College of Education’s Best Children’s Books of the Year, and translated into German and Chinese. She is Professor of English and Creative Writing at Wellesley College.

 

Across So Many Seas By Ruth Behar Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780593323403
Availability: On our shelves now.
Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - February 6th, 2024

Letters from Cuba By Ruth Behar Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780525516491
Availability: On our shelves now.
Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - August 31st, 2021

Lucky Broken Girl By Ruth Behar Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780399546457
Availability: On our shelves now.
Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - April 10th, 2018

Matzah Belowstairs By Susan Lynn Meyer, Mette Engell (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Susan Lynn Meyer, Mette Engell (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9781541521698
Availability: On our shelves now.
Published: Kar-Ben Publishing (R) - February 1st, 2019

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A Sky Full of Song By Susan Lynn Meyer Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781454947844
Availability: On our shelves now.
Published: Union Square Kids - April 11th, 2023

Black Radishes By Susan Lynn Meyer Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780375858222
Availability: On our shelves now.
Published: Yearling - November 8th, 2011

Skating with the Statue of Liberty By Susan Lynn Meyer Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780307929556
Availability: On our shelves now.
Published: Yearling - April 11th, 2017

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Wellesley Books
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