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Book Talk by Vladimir Alexandrov, author of The Black Russian

Date: Tuesday, October 22, 2013Time: 7:00 pm
Location:  Show map JCC East Bay, Oakland Branch 5811 Racine Street, Oakland, CA 94609
Contact: Andy MuchinPhone: 510-848-0237 x118Email:

$10 General │$8 Members 

Named a Booklist “Top 10 Biography” for 2013 and a “Best Book of the Month” by, The Black Russian examines the remarkable life of Frederick Bruce Thomas, a son of former slaves who became a Russian citizen and one of Moscow’s richest theater and restaurant owners. After escaping the Russian Revolution with his family, he made a second fortune in Constantinople with nightclubs that introduced jazz to Turkey. But he fell on hard times, landing in debtor's prison and dying in Constantinople in 1928. Author Vladimir Alexandrov sheds new light on the life of a remarkable and once-famous man. Click here to read Vladimir's interview with the San Francisco Chronicle.

Co-sponsored by the African American Museum & Library at Oakland.