BookFest In Your Living Room Present: Laura Arnold Leibman
In conversation with Deb Silverthorn, The Word Artist, longtime journalist of the Texas Jewish Post
Tickets: Free to attend
Each chapter creates a biography of a single woman through an object, offering a new methodology that looks past texts alone to material culture in order to further understand early Jewish American women’s lives and restore their agency as creators of Jewish identity. While much of the available history was written by men, the objects that Leibman studies were made for and by Jewish women. Speaking to American Jewish life, women’s studies, and American history, The Art of the Jewish Family sheds new light on the lives and values of these women, while also revealing the social and religious structures that led to Jewish women being erased from historical archives.
The Art of the Jewish Family was the winner of three 2020 National Jewish Book Awards: the Celebrate 350 Award for American Jewish Studies, the Gerrard and Ella Berman Memorial Award for History, and the Barbara Dobkin Award for Women’s Studies.
Laura Arnold Leibman writes about religion and the daily lives of women and children in the early Atlantic World and uses everyday objects to help bring their stories back to life. She is a Professor of English and Humanities at Reed College in Portland, Oregon (USA), the Vice President of Publications for the Association of Jewish Studies, and is the winner of four National Jewish Book Awards.