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Dean's Colloquium to Host BC's Shrayer

Maxim D. Shrayer (Photo by Lee Pellegrini)

By Rosanne Pellegrini | Chronicle Staff

Published: Mar. 27, 2014

Critically acclaimed author Professor of Russian, English, and Jewish Studies Maxim D. Shrayer, right,  will present a reading and discussion of his 2013 memoir Leaving Russia: A Jewish Story on March 31, as part of the College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Colloquium series.

The free and public event will be held at 4:30 p.m. in the O’Neill Library Reading Room.

Leaving Russia, the first English-language, autobiographical and nonfictional account of growing up Jewish in the former USSR, poignantly conveys the triumphs and humiliations of Shrayer’s Soviet childhood and expresses the dreams and fears of his refusenik family, which never lost hope for acceptance and a better life. 

Shrayer’s memoir was a finalist in the 2013 National Jewish Book Awards – considered one of the nation’s premiere literary honors – for the category of Modern Jewish Thought and Experience. 

A 2012 Guggenheim Fellowship recipient, Shrayer has published 15 books of nonfiction, criticism and biography, fiction, poetry and translations. [For more on Shrayer, see]

Additional details on the colloquium are available by emailing