Five Stories: Family Histories of the Lower East Side

Join author and illustrator Ellen Weinstein to explore the process behind creating Five Stories a picture book about five families on the Lower East Side! 

  • Get behind-the-scenes insight into how Weinstein wrote and illustrated the multi-generational family
    histories featured in the book
  • Learn about the daily lives of families in different decades
  • See a visual timeline of a street changing over a century
  • Take part in a Q&A with the author

About the event:

In this live virtual talk, Ellen Weinstein will give an inside look at her recently released picture book, Five Stories. Ellen is a third-generation resident of the Lower East Side, and the story begins with her grandmother and continues to today.

About Five Stories

Five children, from five different cultures and in five different decades, grow up in the same building on the Lower East Side of New York City. Jenny Epstein and her family arrive on a steamship from Russia in the 1910s. Jenny writes letters in Yiddish to her grandmother, while practicing her English in her new neighborhood.

By the 1930s, when Anna Cozzi and her Italian family move into the building, Jenny has become a teacher in Anna’s school. Then José Marte moves in during the 1960s, Maria Torres in the 1980s, and Wei Yei in the Lower East Side of today.

About Ellen Weinstein

Ellen Weinstein is the illustrator of the picture book Yayoi Kusama: From Here to Infinity and the author/illustrator of Recipes for Good Luck: The Superstitions, Rituals, and Practices of Extraordinary People. As an illustrator, she is a regular contributor to Time Magazine, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Atlantic, amongst many others. She teaches at the School of Visual Arts and lectures and teaches workshops internationally. Seven pieces of Ellen’s work are in the Permanent Collection of the Library of Congress.

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