Thursday's Tenement Talks will feature the new book, Becoming Americans: Four Centuries of Immigrant Writing, will be sponsored by the Orchard Street Contemporaries. The "Contemporaries" are a group of young professionals committed to advancing the mission of the Tenement Museum
by connecting the immigrant history of the LES to the vibrancy of the
neighborhood today through social events, networking and museum
programming. One of the Contemporaries is Nikki Russ Federman of Russ & Daughters (great grand-daughter of the original Russ), who will be providing hors d’oeuvres. She writes on her blog, Lox Populi, "This new book chronicles the long history of US immigration through the
voices of those who made the journey. Legendary New York journalist
Pete Hamill joins the book’s editor, Ilan Stavans, to talk about the
immigrant narrative in American fiction, prose and poetry."