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Past Events

Past EventsSaturday, February 28

Meet the Author of Songs for the Butcher's Daughter

Peter Manseau

Itsik Malpesh was born the son of a goose-plucking factory manager during the Russian pogroms - his life saved on the night it began by the young daughter of a kosher slaughterer.  Or so he believes…

Exiled during the war, Itsik eventually finds himself in New York, working as a typesetter and writing poetry to his muse, the butcher's daughter, whom he is sure he will never see again.  But it is here in New York that Itsik is unexpectedly reunited with his greatest love - and, later, his greatest enemy - with results both serendipitous and tragic.  His story is recounted in his memoirs thanks to the most unlikely of translators - a twenty-one-year-old Boston Catholic college student who, in meeting Itsik, has embarked upon a great lie that will define his future and the most extraordinary friendship he'll ever know.

A love-letter to Jewish history -- written by a lapsed Catholic, the son of an ex-nun and an ex-priest

Peter Manseau has been a carpenter, journalist and typesetter in his time, and is the author of two works of non-fiction, including the memoir Vows: The Story of a Priest, a Nun and their Son.  He is thirty-four and lives with his wife and two children in Washington.  Songs for the Butcher's Daughter is his first novel.  

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