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Tuesday, October 9, 2018
Monday, October 8, 2018: Family Stories of Resistance and Resilience - Novelist Barbara Artson
Barbara Artson grew up NOT hearing the stories of her family's exodus from Russia in the early 20th century, or the experiences that led to it, but she saw their impact, in her mother's fear of anything unfamiliar, in her deaf aunt's experience of being cut off from the world and then treated as if she were unintelligent because she was cut off. In her debut novel, Odessa Odessa, Barbara imagines those experiences and uses her knowledge as a psychoanalyst to reflect on how the legacy of trauma affects multiple generations, not only in this country but in Palestine as well. She also connects the story she tells, in which a mother is separated from her son by immigration authorities - in this case in Germany - to the trauma of parents and children separated at the U.S.-Mexico border. Barbara and Kate will be in conversation on Thursday night at 7PM, October 18 at Books, Inc. in Berkeley at 1491 Shattuck Ave.