The In-Betweens: Jewish Identity and Race in America
Tuesday at 12:00pm PDT
In this virtual interview, Davon Loeb and AJU’s Rick Richman discuss Loeb’s lyrical memoir, “The In-Betweens,” which tells the story of a biracial boy coming-of-age in America while struggling to find his place in society. Loeb shares his experience growing up as the child of a Black mother and white Jewish father in a predominantly white community, where despite his efforts to fit in, he acutely feels his difference, such as being singled out during Black History Month. Despite the many adversities he faces, Loeb also speaks about the moments of freedom and joy he experienced during his childhood and teenage years. This rich narrative that reflects identity, race, and culture, tells an individual story universally, where readers will see themselves throughout. Buy the book HERE.
Davon Loeb is the author of the memoir, The In-Betweens (West Virginia University Press) and is an assistant features editor at The Rumpus. He earned an MFA in creative writing from Rutgers University-Camden and has had work published in the Sun Magazine, the Los Angeles Times, the Philadelphia Inquirer, Catapult Magazine, Ploughshares, the Rumpus, Gulf Coast Journal, and elsewhere. Davon is a husband, father, and teacher located in New Jersey. Learn more at linktr.ee/davonloeb.
Rick Richman is a resident scholar at American Jewish University and the author of Racing Against History: The 1940 Campaign for a Jewish Army to Fight Hitler. He graduated with honors from Harvard College and New York University Law School. He has written for Commentary, The Jewish Journal, The Jewish Review of Books, Mosaic Magazine, The New York Post, The New York Sun and other publications, and is the author of the chapter on American Zionism in What America Owes the Jews, What Jews Owe America.