November 14, 2016 - 7:00pm
Prairie Lights

James Beard Award-winning author of Poor Man's Feast Elissa Altman will read from her powerful, heartfelt, and insightful memoir of one Jewish American's quest for identity in an unkosher world, Treyf. Every part of Altman’s youth was laced with contradiction and hope, betrayal and the yearning for acceptance: synagogue on Saturday and Chinese pork ribs on Sunday; bat mitzvahs followed by shrimp-in-lobster-sauce luncheons; her old-country grandparents, whose kindness and love were tied to unspoken rage, and her bell-bottomed neighbors, whose adoring affection hid dark secrets.

Elissa Altman writes the Washington Post column, Feeding My Mother, and her work has appeared everywhere from OnBeing.org and O, The Oprah Magazine to Tin House, the New York Times and the TEDx stage, and has been anthologized for five consecutive years in Best Food Writing.