Boris Fishman and Sana Krasikov: Russian America; American Russia
Chair: Michael Goldfarb
Boris Fishman and Sana Krasikov, originally from the former USSR, are two of America’s finest writers of fiction. Boris Fishman, author of the critically admired, award-winning A Replacement Life turns to a different kind of story in his latest novel, Don’t Let My Baby Do Rodeo, an evocative, nuanced portrait of marriage and family, identity and inheritance. Sana Krasikov won multiple prizes for her short story collection, One More Year. Her highly-anticipated debut novel The Patriots is a multigenerational study of idealism, betrayal and family secrets that takes us from Brooklyn in the 1930s to Soviet Russia to post-Cold War America. They talk to journalist and writer Michael Goldfarb.
In Association with Pushkin Press and Granta. Sponsored by World Jewish Relief.
Boris Fishman was born in Minsk, Belarus, in 1979 and emigrated to the United States at the age of nine. His journalism, essays, and criticism have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, London Review of Books, the Guardian, and many other publications. He shot to fame with his first novel, A Replacement Life, now followed by Don't Let My Baby Do Rodeo.
Sana Krasikov was born in the Ukraine and grew up in the former Soviet Republic of Georgia and in the US. Her debut collection was named a finalist for the 2009 PEN/Hemingway Award and The New York Public Library’s Young Lions Fiction Award. It received a National Book Foundation’s '5 under 35' Award and won the 2009 Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature. She is the recipient of an O. Henry Award, a Fulbright Scholarship, and a National Magazine Award nomination. Her stories have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, The Virginia Quarterly, Epoch, Zoetrope, A Public Space, and elsewhere.
Michael Goldfarb is an author, journalist and broadcaster. He has written for the Guardian, The New York Times and The Washington Post, and throughout the 1990s was NPR’s London Correspondent and then Bureau Chief, covering conflicts and conflict resolution from Northern Ireland to Bosnia to Iraq. His most recent book is Emancipation: How Liberating Europe’s Jews from the Ghetto Led to Revolution and Renaissance.