Dateline: The Knish War of 1916

When I write a book, I like to think about what was happening in the bigger world outside of the story. Working on the Knish War on...

Music and the Knish War

During the knish war in 1916 the two knisheries featured music as attraction...this is from The Mediator, a newspaper of the day,...

Outtakes of the Day

If you haven't been following my blog, let me explain. I'm posting ideas for posters that didn't make it into THE KNISH WAR ON RIVINGTON...

Extra! Extra! Outtakes To Go!

When you write a picture book, you only have 32 pages, so there's never room for all the golden words and great images in your head. ...

PJ Edition Arrived!

PJ Library just sent me a copy of their paperback edition of The Knish War on Rivington Street. I’m thrilled and honored that my work...

Knish War Off To A Tasty Good Start!

“It's war to the last crumb of potato, cheese, and kasha on New York City's Lower East Side. The first knishery has opened in the early...

Ellis Island Memories

Recently I enjoyed a brilliant performance of Stephen Sondheim’s Pacific Overtures, starring George Takei and I was reminded of a very...

Memorial Day: Remembering Stanley Hayami

I’m thinking this week-end of Stanley Hayami, a young man I never met but spent four years of my life getting to know in order to write a...