Liana Finck and Ezra Glinter: Have I Got A Story For You…
Chair: Boris Fishman
This event took place on Sunday 5 March 2017 as part of Jewish Book Week 2017. To watch a video of this event, click here.
The renowned émigré newspaper, The Forward, was founded in New York at the end of the 19th century. Liana Finck’s A Bintel Brief is written in an illustrative style that is a thrilling mash-up of Art Spiegelman's deft emotionality, Roz Chast's hilarious neuroses and the magical spirit of Chagall; and is derived from the paper’s hugely popular advice column.
Ezra Glinter combed through the archives to find the best stories published during the newspaper’s history, unearthing wartime novellas, avant-garde fiction and satirical sketches about immigrant life in New York. The collection has been rendered into English by today’s best Yiddish translators, who capture the subtleties of nuance and context in the original voices. The authors talk to writer and journalist Boris Fishman.
Liana Finck's cartoons appear regularly in The New Yorker, and on The Awl and Instagram. Her first graphic novel, A Bintel Brief, is adapted from the popular Yiddish advice column in the early days of the great émigré journal, The Forward.
Ezra Glinter, born in Winnipeg, is critic-at-large of The Forward. Editor of Have I Got a Story for You: More Than a Century of Fiction From The Forward, he is writing a biography of the seventh and last Lubavitcher Rebbe, Menachem Mendel Schneerson, for Yale University Press. His writing has appeared in The New Republic, The Paris Review Daily, Bookforum, and Walrus Magazine, among other publications.
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.