Posted by Edith Ewenstein
February 20, 2011
Center for Jewish History
15 West 16th Street (between 5th and 6th Avenues)
Manhattan, NY 10011
Two Cents Plain, My Brooklyn Childhood
Come join us on February 20, when Martin Lemelman presents an illustrated lecture on his latest book, "Two Cents Plain: My Brooklyn Boyhood." This book is a bittersweet journey from the Neu Freimann Displaced Persons Camp in Germany to the crowded streets of Brooklyn, New York. We’ll follow a husband and wife as they struggle to begin a new life in the land “where the streets are paved with gold.” Along the way, we’ll meet the characters- walk the streets- experience the smells and tastes of a Brooklyn.
The child of Holocaust survivors, Martin Lemelman was raised in the back of a Brooklyn candy store. His recent graphic memoir, "Two Cents Plain: My Brooklyn Boyhood" is about that experience. His first graphic memoir, Mendel’s Daughter is not only the story of his mother’s miraculous survival in the World War Two, but also the story of Jewish family life in Poland in the 1930’s. The book was an Austin Chronicle pick for Best Books of 2006 and was a New York Public Library Selection- “Books For The Teen Age 2007”.
Jonathan Cape/Random House has released an edition in the United Kingdom. In addition, there is a French edition, La Fille de Mendel and the Spanish edition, La Hija de Mendel will be published shortly.
Professor Lemelman has been a freelance illustrator since 1976. His client list includes McGraw/Hill, Children's Television Workshop, Scholastic, Parent's Magazine Press, Crayola and the Jewish Publication Society, among others. He has illustrated over 30 children's books and his work has been published in magazines ranging from the New York Times Book Review to Sesame Street Magazine.
Martin has recently retired from the Communication Design Department at Kutztown University. He was Full Professor there. He lives in Allentown, Pennsylvania with his wife Monica. They are the proud parents of four wonderful sons.
For a short video about the book, see below:
Also see this interview below. It starts and then there is a brief interruption introducing the site. The interview really begins after about 40 seconds of video.
A book-signing will follow the presentation.