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Redwood City Public Library Celebrates Isaac Bashevis Singer Centennial with Storytelling and Presentation

Redwood City, CA - September 1 , 2004 - Redwood City Public Library celebrates the centennial of renown master storyteller Isaac Bashevis Singer in, “Becoming an American Writer: The Life and Works of Isaac Bashevis Singer,” a storytelling and literature program scheduled for Thursday, September 9th, from 7:30 – 9 pm, in the community room of the Main Library. This year marks the centennial for Singer, who became the seventh American to be awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1978.

Erica Lann-Clark, a professional storyteller whose programs mix music and movement into stories, will perform a medley of stories by Isaac Bashevis Singer. Dr. Naomi Seidman will discuss how Singer fared with translations of his work from Yiddish into English – which can unwittingly transform the meaning of a story. Dr. Seidman is an author and Associate Professor of Jewish Culture, and the Director of the Richard S. Dinner Center for Jewish Studies at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley.

The Singer centennial celebration features a multifaceted program of public readings, panels, exhibitions, and workshops exploring Singer and the immigrant literary experience across the United States. Support for this program was provided by the Friends of the Library, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the American Library Association as part of a major celebration of the life and works of Isaac Bashevis Singer. For more information about Singer events nationwide, including a complete calendar of events, please visit

After a nationwide competition, the Library of America and the National Endowment for the Humanities announced that 60 public libraries from 32 states—from Alaska to Florida—were selected to receive modest funding to develop programs about Isaac Bashevis Singer. Redwood City Public Library is one of the recipients of this grant. Winning libraries also receive the three-volume hardcover authoritative collection Isaac Bashevis Singer: Collected Stories.

The Redwood City Public Library sponsors many free programs for children, families, and adults and helps our community to “understand the past, prepare for the future, and thrive in the present.” More information about library events and services is available on the library’s home page at, by calling 780-7026, or by picking up a Library events calendar in any Redwood City library.


Rosalind Kutler
Reference Librarian
(650) 780-7059

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