Stories of Exile Book Discussion Group

December 5, 2023 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Join UCPL for our “Stories of Exile” book discussion group, sponsored by the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, Massachusetts. This is the final event in a 4-part series of monthly discussions that center on immigrants in exile.

For this discussion, we will focus on immigrants in exile from a different culture and location of the globe and compare how these immigration stories compare to the previous books in our discussion series.

Using Yiddish literature as a portal, the program will feature works in translation that explore narratives which grapple with questions of homelands, journeys, identity, and belonging. Reading groups will compare these works written in Yiddish in the early and mid-20th century to works by contemporary writers from all across the globe.

Our final book is Last Boat Out of Shanghai: The Epic Story of the Chinese Who Fled Mao’s Revolution, by Helen Zia. 

Books will be provided by UCPL. Contact us at for more info. This event is intended for teens and adults and is free to the public.

The Yiddish Book Center’s “Stories of Exile” Reading Groups for Public Libraries is a reading and discussion program to engage teens and adults in thinking about experiences of displacement, migration, and diaspora. In this program, librarians organize reading groups to discuss three books of Yiddish literature in translation, and one book related to the experience of a community served by their library.

The Yiddish Book Center’s “Stories of Exile” Reading Groups for Public Libraries is made possible by a gift from Sharon Karmazin.