Stories of Exile
The "Stories of Exile” program series is the result of a grant awarded to Wilmette Public Library and twenty-seven other public libraries around the country by the Yiddish Book Center.
With this series, the Center hopes to use Yiddish literature as a lens to reflect upon the experience of exile, displacement, and migration shared across cultures and throughout history. The library will be hosting book discussions of three translated Yiddish titles, hosted by scholars of Yiddish literature. Additionally, we will bridge these conversations by discussing a fourth title from another displaced community.
About the Yiddish Book Center
The Yiddish Book Center recovers, preserves, teaches, and celebrates Yiddish literature and culture to advance a fuller understanding of Jewish history and identity. The Center engages diverse, worldwide audiences, generating enthusiasm, knowledge, and commitment to the history and future of Yiddish and Jewish culture. They further these goals through a range of innovative educational and cultural programs, digital initiatives, and strategic partnerships such as the “Stories of Exile” initiative for public libraries. Learn the fascinating story of how the Yiddish Book Center was founded here.
Book Discussions & Events
Jewish Migration in the 18th and 19th Centuries
A Tour of the Yiddish Book Center
Stories of Exile Book Discussion: On the Landing: Stories by Yenta Mash
Stories of Exile Book Discussion: In the Land of the Postscript by Chava Rosenfard
Stories of Exile Book Discussion: The Painted Drum by Louise Erdrich
Indigenous Peoples History of Chicagoland