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Great Writers, Great Readings

Maxim D. Shrayer

16th Annual Great Writers, Great Readings Series – Spring 2020
Wednesday, March 11, at 6:30 p.m.

Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library, First Floor, South Campus
Admission to Great Writers, Great Readings events is free and open to the public. For more information, please call 516-463-5669.

Maxim D. Shrayer is a bilingual author, scholar, and translator. He is a professor of Russian, English, and Jewish Studies at Boston College, where he co-founded the Jewish Studies Program, and director of the Project on Russian and Eurasian Jews at Harvard University’s Davis Center. Shrayer was born and grew up in Moscow. In 1987, he and his parents – writer and doctor David Shrayer-Petrov and translator Emilia Shrayer – left the USSR and immigrated to the United States. Shrayer has written more than 15 books of fiction, nonfiction, criticism, and biography in English and Russian, among them the internationally acclaimed memoir Leaving Russia: A Jewish Story, the collection Yom Kippur in Amsterdam, and the anthology Voices of Jewish-Russian Literature. His works have been translated into nine languages. Shrayer won a 2007 National Jewish Book Award, and he received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2012. 

Maxim Shrayer

Photo by George Kurgin