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November 6 @ 11 AM EST – IN-PERSON
November 6, 2022 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
SPONSORED BY: HEBREW DAY SCHOOL OF ANN ARBOR AND ANN ARBOR DISTRICT LIBRARY
Children’s Author: Ruth Behar – In-Person at the Ann Arbor District Library
Tia Fortuna’s New Home
Tía Fortuna is in the process of leaving her Miami home for an assisted living facility. Confronted with the inevitability of this event, she wisely tells her niece, “Estrella, it’s time to say goodbye and wish for mazal bueno.” Children reading the book will learn about Sephardic culture and also feel reassured that Tía Fortuna’s attitude, as much as mazal, will enable her to adjust to a new life.
Ruth Behar was born in Havana, Cuba to a mixed Ashkenazi-Sephardic family. She grew up in New York, and became the first Latina to win a MacArthur Genius Grant. A cultural anthropologist, poet, and fiction writer, she explores Jewish identity in Cuban contexts in her award-winning middle-grade novels, Lucky Broken Girl and Letters from Cuba, and picture book, Tía Fortuna’s New Home. A graduate of Wesleyan and Princeton, Behar is the James W. Fernandez Distinguished Professor at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
THANK YOU TO THE HEBREW DAY SCHOOL OF ANN ARBOR FOR CO-SPONSORING THIS EVENT!