The Jewish Federation Connecting with Community presents "Billy Budd in the Breadbox: The True Story of Herman Melville" as told through the point of view of his nine year old granddaughter, Eleanor,
Jana Laiz, the first Write-in-Residence at Herman Melville's beloved home, shares the true story that, if not for Eleanor, Herman Melville might be in obscurity and no one would have read his great work, Moby Dick.
It was Eleanor, whose discovery brought him to the fore in American literature and history,. For Jana at Arrowhead, at Melville's desk, looking out over the very same window he looked out as he wrote the American literary masterpiece, she wrote a new children's biography of Herman Melville, Billy Budd in the Breadbox.
From Jana Laiz' website: "I’m a writer with a purpose. My mission in life is to change the world, one book at a time. I write books with subjects that I feel passionate about, and I hope my readers feel the same. Whether it's climate change, refugees, equal rights, friendship, animals, faeries or history, I hope my books inspire my readers to make a positive difference in the world. I am also a teacher. I have a Master’s degree in Education and I have taught almost every grade level from kindergarten to University. I’ve taught regular subjects and some unusual subjects, such as Mandarin Chinese and ESL."
This free program is part of the Federation’s Connecting With Community Series and will be followed by a kosher hot lunch. Lunch is a $2 suggested donation for adults over 60 years of age or $7 for all others. Advance reservations are required for lunch and can be made by calling (413) 442-2200 before 9 a.m. on the day of the program.