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Liberty Street Author Talk with Jason K. Friedman (San Francisco, CA)

Sept 29, 2024 @ 3pm - 4pm pacific time | Location: Jewish Community Library, 1835 Ellis St, San Francisco, CA 94115

Sept 29, 2024 @ 3pm - 4pm pacific time
Location: Jewish Community Library, 1835 Ellis St, San Francisco, CA 94115
Hosted by: Jewish Community Library

Join us for an author talk with Jason K. Friedman. In his new book, Liberty Street, Jason shares his journey to uncovering the hidden histories of the Cohens, a Southern Jewish family, and their son Gratz who died tragically in the Civil War.

As Jason K. Friedman renovated his flat in a grand townhouse in his hometown of Savannah, Georgia, he discovered a portal to the past. The Cohens, part of a Sephardic community in London, arrived in South Carolina in the mid-1700s; became founding members of Charleston's Jewish congregation; and went on to build home, community, and success in Savannah.

In Liberty Street: A Savannah Family, Its Golden Boy, and the Civil War Friedman takes the reader on a personal journey to understand the history of the Cohens. At the center of the story is a sensitive young man pulled between love and duty, a close-knit family straining under moral and political conflicts, and a city coming into its own. Friedman draws on letters, diaries, and his experiences traveling from Georgia to Virginia, uncovering hidden histories and exploring the ways place and collective memory haunt the present. At a moment when the hard light of truth shines on gauzy Lost-Cause myths, Liberty Street is a timely work of historical sleuthing.

Jason K. Friedman is the author of the award-winning story collection Fire Year. He lives in San Francisco and Savannah.

Hosted by the San Francisco Jewish Community Library.

Published on April 29, 2024 | Categories: Events

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