Puzzle of a Life: Using Genealogical Resources in Writing Biography

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Writing a full-length biography is akin to putting together a puzzle, with pieces coming from genealogical sources, archives, and more. Susan Rubenstein DeMasi, author of the newly published Henry Alsberg: Driving Force of the New Deal Federal Writers’ Project, will talk about her research process and read excerpts from the book.

This multimedia presentation will outline the process of finding and weaving together the varied sources necessary to trace the arc of a person’s life and tell his or her story in a compelling fashion. This first biography of an important, but forgotten, historical figure and human rights champion tells of Alsberg’s work with the New Deal agency that changed the cultural and literary landscape of America.

It also depicts his efforts during the 1920s helping Jewish refugees in Eastern Europe, founding the first international political prisoner aid group, and reporting world shaking events as a foreign correspondent.

Reception and book-signing to follow. The event is free, but reservations are required: email rsvp@nygbs.org or call 212-755-8532, ext. 206.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
NYG&B, 36 West 44th Street, 7th Floor
The New York Genealogical & Biographical Society
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