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Come to my next ‘Alexander Payne: His Journey in Film’ book talk and signing at KANEKO-

You are cordially invited to my next ‘Alexander Payne: His Journey in Film’ book talk and signing-

Wednesday Words Reading Series Featuring Leo Adam Biga

  • KANEKO-UNO Library, 12th and Jones St.
  • I will talk about my book “Alexander Payne: His Journey in Film,” describe my years writing about the filmmaker, and assess his new film “Nebraska.” A Q&A and signing follow. The book is only $20 and it makes a great Christmas gift.
    Our Featured Writer: Leo Adam BigaAward-winning Omaha journalist Leo Adam Biga has adapted his extensive body of work about acclaimed filmmaker Alexander Payne into a new book. “Alexander Payne: His Journey in Film” is a compilation of Biga’s many articles about the writer-director over a 16-year period. The book places readers deep inside Payne’s creative process and follows the progress of the cinema artist’s Oscar-winning career. Biga will share insights gleaned from visits to Payne’s sets and from a recent glimpse at the final edit-mix process on the filmmaker’s new feature, “Nebraska.” Biga’s one of the few outside the filmmaker’s inner circle and select festival audiences to have seen the film in its entirety before the Nov. 15 national release. The book is a must read for Payne fans and film buffs. Book signing to follow presentation. Sample the author’s work at leoadambiga.wordpress.com.

    Wednesday Words originated in 2009 as a special reading series featuring award-winning writers from the Nebraska Arts Council’s Individual Artist Fellowship in Literature program, sponsored by the Nebraska Arts Council and Nebraska independent publisher, The Backwaters Press.

    Spend your lunch hour at our final reading of 2013 with Leo Adam Biga. Treat yourself to a feast for your ears as you listen to some of the finest in Nebraska writing.

    FREE and open to the public.

Hope to see you there,

“I write stories about people, their passions and their magnificent obsessions”
“Payne is fortunate indeed to have such a thoughtful and insightful chronicler as Biga”–Kurt Andersen, NY Times bestselling author and host of Studio 360

  1. Marc Sorkin
    December 6, 2013 at 6:57 pm

    Leo, I have been enjoying your writings for sometime now, since I found your stories on Ben Nachman, my cousin, who passed away about 2 years ago. As you know , he did a lot of work on holocaust survivor stories for the Spielberg archives. As our family’s amateur genealogist, he travelled to the Ukraine twice to search out records or stories of the family of his mother, Lena Belzer. As far as anyone could tell, all of her generation as well as her mother and father, except one brother, came to Omaha between 1914 and 1920 from Chernovitz, Ukraine. Ben had made 2 trips there looking for documents or stories of our family or the village. This lost brother, Moishe, and his wife Miriam stayed behind and Ben could find no information about them after 1941 when their village of “Little Chernovitz,” was made Judenfrei. We do have a photo of them from the 1930s with 4 children. Other than that, only memories from his siblings , who have now all passed on. Several weeks ago , I was contacted thru the website, “23andme.com,” by someone who had found that he and I were genetically related. He asked if I had a great grandfather who died in a horse and wagon accident in Omaha. Yes I did and it was Moishe’s father. The person who contacted me was Roman Belzer, grandson of Moishe. Thru some some fairly miraculous circumstances, Moishe, Miriam and 5 of their 7 children had survived the holocaust and Stalin’s purges , and his starvation of the Ukraine. Moishe died in 1980 or 1981 and Roman and his wife immigrated to the U.S. in 1980 . Roman’s parents and some siblings immigrated to the U.S. as well. It is sad that Ben Nachman was not here to enjoy this ironic history.

    Marc Sorkin sorkderm@earthlink.net


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