The event begins at 1.30pm at Temple Emanuel, Newton Center.
The book's full title is "Jacob's Cane: A Jewish Family's Journey from the Four Lands of Lithuania to the Ports of London and Baltimore; A Memoir in Five Generations."
Professor New traces the journeys of Eastern European family members over five generations as she unravels mysterious etchings on her great-grandfather's elegant cane and will discuss the tools she used in her research.
Drawn to an image of her great-grandfather's ornately carved cane, scholar Elisa New embarked on a journey to discover the origins of her precious family heirloom. Following the paths of her ancestors, she traveled from Baltimore to the Baltic to London to tell the story of her family's migration.
New is a Harvard University professor of English. To read more about her journey of discovery and the book, click here.