Center for Jewish History | 15 West 16th Street, New York, NY
— Wednesday, May 29 at 7pm
to discuss Lola, California by Edie Meidav
The year is 2008; the place, California. Vic Mahler, famous for having inspired cult followers in the seventies, serves time on death row, awaiting his execution in ten days. For years, his daughter, Lana, has been in hiding, but her friend Rose, a lawyer, is determined to bring the two together. Yet when Rose succeeds in tracking down Lana at a California health spa, the pair must negotiate land mines of memory in order to reconcile the past and face their futures. A story infused with pathos and wit, insight and lyricism,Lola, California “matches metaphoric wit with an American state that defies summary…A hypnotic and suspenseful tale, tightening toward an irresistible end” (Elizabeth Rosner, author of The Speed of Light).
To see a list of what we’ve already read, click here.
The Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference (MARAC) has awarded Tanya Elder second prize for best Finding Aid of 2012. Ms. Elder is a Senior Archivist at the American Jewish Historical Society here at the Center. She wrote the finding aid for the Mordecai Sheftall Papers. It is over 100 pages long and contains embedded links to every Continental Army provision return within the collection. This collection was processed, microfilmed and digitized with partial funding from the “Save America’s Treasures” federal grant program. Ms. Tanya Elder received her award at the Regional MARAC meeting at the end of April.
Click here to view the finding aid!