Irving Berlin, the Immigrant Boy Who Made America Sing
$10 in advance | $15 at door
Join Nancy Churin and Mark Kreditor for a unique conversation punctuated with visual images and live music.
Irving Berlin came to the United States as a refugee from Tsarist Russia, escaping a pogrom that destroyed his village. Growing up on the streets of the lower East Side, the rhythms of jazz and blues inspired his own song-writing career. Starting with his first big hit, Alexander’s Ragtime Band, Berlin created the soundtrack for American life with his catchy tunes and irresistible lyrics. With “God Bless America,” he sang his thanks to the country which had given him a home and a chance to express his creative vision.
Nancy Churnin is the theater critic for The Dallas Morning News and author of The William Hoy Story, How a Deaf Baseball Player Changed the Game, on the 2016 New York Public Library Best Books for Kids list, the 2017 Texas Library Association’s 2X2 and Topaz lists, the 2018 Monarch Award Master List and 2018 Charter Oak Children’s Book Awards list. Manjhi Moves a Mountain is the 2018 winner of the South Asia Book Award, a finalist for the 2018 Children and Teen’s Choice Book Awards, a 2017 Junior Library Guild selection, a 2018 Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People, on the 2018 ILA-CBC Children’s Choices list and a Silver Eureka Award-winner. Charlie Takes His Shot: How Charlie Sifford Broke the Color Barrier in Golf was featured at the 2018 Ruby Bridges Reading Festival at the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis. Irving Berlin, the Immigrant Boy Who Made America Singwas released May 1. All of Nancy’s books come with free Teacher Guides and a project where kids can share the great things they do to make the world a better place. Nancy is a graduate of Harvard University, with a master’s from Columbia University School of Journalism.