April Lavender Lit Club : The Mystics Of Mile End
by Sigal Samuel
April 20, 2021 | 6:00 – 7:00p
The Lavender Lit Book Club is a monthly literature series hosted by Miranda Rector, the Center’s LGBTQ+ Women’s Program Officer. Each month, we’ll be reading a new book by a queer woman/femme author to celebrate queer women and femmes in literature.
In April, we will be discussing The Mystics Of Mile End by Sigal Samuel.
About the Book
In the half-Hasidic, half-hipster Montreal neighborhood of Mile End, eleven-year-old Lev Meyer is discovering that there may be a place for Judaism in his life. As he learns about science in his day school, Lev begins his own extracurricular study of the Bible’s Tree of Knowledge with neighbor Mr. Katz, who is building his own Tree out of trash. Meanwhile his sister Samara is secretly studying for her Bat Mitzvah with next-door neighbor and Holocaust survivor, Mr. Glassman. All the while his father, David, a professor of Jewish mysticism, is a non-believer.
About the Author
Sigal Samuel, Author
Sigal (she/her) Samuel is an award-winning fiction writer and journalist. Her new children’s book, Osnat and Her Dove, tells the true story of the world’s first female rabbi. She is also the author of The Mystics of Mile End, a critically acclaimed novel about a dysfunctional family with a dangerous mystical obsession. Sigal is currently a senior reporter at Vox. Previously, she was the religion editor at The Atlantic, opinion editor at The Forward, and associate editor at The Daily Beast. She hails from Montreal and now lives in Washington, DC.