The Jewish Federation of the Berkshires Connecting with Community presents "The Great American Jewish Author" with Hugh Black who will speak about Henry Roth, who wrote Call It Sleep, a landmark work of Jewish American literature.
Roth was born in 1906 and died in 1995. His family came from the same area of Galicia as the families of Phillip Roth and Sigmund Freud. The novel Call It Sleep, published in 1934, was considered a major achievement, but was also quickly forgotten. This depression-era novel of immigration was republished in 1964 with a major re-evaluation in the New York Times by Irving Howe and is today widely regarded as a masterpiece of Jewish American literature.
Hugh Black is a teacher, librarian, poet and bibliophile.
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.