Author Louise Steinman will discuss her new book, The Crooked Mirror: A Memoir of Polish-Jewish Reconciliation, in Payson Library's Surfboard Room on Thursday, Jan. 16, at 4 p.m.
In The Crooked Mirror, Steinman pushes back against many of the assumptions about Poland and Polish anti-Semitism. Through the lens of her family's experiences, and sharing stories of other Jews of Polish descent trying to reconnect with their families' Polish roots, Steinman immerses readers in the difficult but healing process of Polish-Jewish reconciliation.
Describing her many trips to Poland—and territories once part of Poland—over the course of a decade, Steinman takes readers from shtetl towns to the noisy squares of major cities; from museums, cathedrals, and synagogues to grand old hotels and Soviet bloc apartment buildings. Ultimately she forges a deep connection to Radomsko, the small town where her family lived for generations – becoming a witness and a participant in the town's poignant re-awakening to its Jewish past.
Steinman is also the author of The Souvenir: A Daughter Discovers Her Father's War. For the past two decades, she has curated the ALOUD literary and performance series for the Library Foundation of Los Angeles. She also co-directs the Los Angeles Institute for the Humanities at the University of Southern California.
This event is free. For more information, visit the Pepperdine Libraries website or call (310) 506-6785