The original “A Bintel Brief” (“A Bundle of Letters”) was an advice column for Jews fresh off the boat in The Jewish Daily Forward, a.k.a. The Forverts, a feature regarded by many as the prototype for “Dear Abby.” This seminar will discuss Liana Finck’s new, widely acclaimed graphic novel, A Bintel Brief: Love and Longing in Old New York (Ecco, 2014), which brings a selection of these letters to life and includes an imaginative conversation with the paper’s editor, Abraham Cahan.


Liana Finck (Author)



Miriam Koral (UCLA)


Ross Seminar in Yiddish Studies

Sponsored by the
UCLA Center for Jewish Studies
Cosponsored by the
UCLA Department of Germanic Languages