Free event at the Jewish Community Library / 1835 Ellis Street, San Francisco
The House of Twenty Thousand Books tells the story of Chimen Abramsky, born in 1916 near Minsk, an extraordinary polymath and bibliophile who amassed a vast collection of socialist literature and Jewish history. For more than fifty years, Chimen and his wife, Miriam, hosted epic gatherings in their London home that brought together many of the age’s greatest thinkers.
Journalist Sasha Abramsky re-creates a lost world, bringing to life the people, the books, and the ideas that filled his grandparents’ house, from gatherings that included Eric Hobsbawm and Isaiah Berlin to books with Marx’s handwritten notes and a first edition of Descartes Meditations.
Sasha Abramsky was born in England and attended Balliol College, Oxford, where he studied politics, philosophy, and economics. His most recent book, The American Way of Poverty: How the Other Half Lives,was listed by The New York Times as among the one hundred notable books of 2013. Abramsky is a Senior Fellow at Demos think tank, and teaches writing at UC Davis.
Program made possible, in part, by Judy Baston. Co-presented by the San Francisco Bay Area Jewish Genealogical Society and the Workman's Circle/Arbeter Ring of Northern California.
The Jewish Community Library is located on the campus of the Jewish Community High School. Free parking in the building's private garage. Enter garage on Pierce Street, between Ellis and Eddy; buzz intercom for entrance. Pedestrians use gate at Ellis Street and buzz intercom for entrance.