VIRTUAL: Maxim D. Shrayer and Tatiana Rebecca Shrayer

Join us to hear the daughter-and-father team of Tatiana Rebecca Shrayer and Maxim D. Shrayer as they read from and discuss their new books! Click here to register for this Zoom webinar.

In his new book of interconnected poems, award-winning author and Boston College professor Maxim D. Shrayer explores the impact of election-year politics and COVID-19 on American society. Written in the vibrant voice of his collection of novellas, A Russian Immigrant and employing a rich variety of poetic forms, Of Politics and Pandemics delivers a translingual poetic manifesto of despair, hope, love, and loss. 

Professor Shrayer will be joined by his daughter Tatiana Rebecca Shrayer, a 7th-grader at the Driscoll School in Brookline and the author of the debut poetry collection Searching for Bow and Arrows (winner of a Stone Soup book contest), which explores the weight of one's own personal, familial history as well as the history of politics and identity. 

About Of Politics and Pandemics: Songs of a Russian Immigrant:

Through a combination of biting satire and piercing lyricism, "Of Politics and Pandemics" delivers a translingual poetic manifesto of despair, hope, love, and loss.

Maxim D. Shrayer, a translingual author, scholar and translator, is Professor of Russian, English, and Jewish Studies at Boston College. Born in Moscow in 1967 to a writer's family, Shrayer emigrated to the United States in 1987. He has authored over fifteen books in English and Russian, among them the internationally acclaimed memoir "Leaving Russia: A Jewish Story," the collection "Yom Kippur in Amsterdam," and the anthology "Voices of Jewish-Russian Literature." His works have been translated into nine languages. Shrayer won a 2007 National Jewish Book Award, and in 2012 he received a Guggenheim Fellowship. Shrayer's recent books include "A Russian Immigrant: Three Novellas" (in English) and "Antisemitism and the Decline of Russian Village Prose" (in Russian).

About Searching for Bow and Arrows:

This collection of 28 poems by Tatiana Rebecca Shrayer won second place in Stone Soup Magazines 2019 Book Contest. Shrayer's Searching for Bow and Arrows is about the weight of history-one's own personal, familial history as well as the history of politics and nations-and a nostalgic longing for a homeland that both is and isn't home. In her spare, formal poems, Shrayer probes the thin veil between the past and present, focusing on the natural world as a bridge between the two: "Drops / of saltwater / arranged / like letters / on an ancient scroll."

Tatiana Rebecca Shrayer is a 7th-grader at the Driscoll School in Brookline.

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Thursday, February 11, 2021 - 7:00pm

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Of Politics and Pandemics: Songs of a Russian Immigrant Cover Image
$16.10
ISBN: 9781950319268
Availability: Available from Warehouse
Published: M-Graphics Pub. - October 17th, 2020

Writing in the vibrant voice of "A Russian Immigrant" and employing a rich variety of poetic forms, award-winning author and Boston College professor Maxim D. Shrayer offers thirty-six interconnected poems about the impact of election-year politics and COVID-19 on American society.


Searching for Bow and Arrows: Poems by Tatiana Rebecca Shrayer Cover Image
$10.79
ISBN: 9780894092060
Availability: Available from Warehouse
Published: Children's Art Foundation - Stone Soup Inc. - July 1st, 2020

This collection of 28 poems by Tatiana Rebecca Shrayer won second place in Stone Soup Magazines 2019 Book Contest. Shrayer's Searching for Bow and Arrows is about the weight of history-one's own personal, familial history as well as the history of politics and nations-and a nostalgic longing for a homeland that both is and isn't home.


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Adult (19 - Boomer)

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