Fes­ti­val to cel­e­brate Tol­stoy’s birth­day

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A cel­e­bra­tion to honor the 190th birth­day of Leo Tol­stoy will be held Tues­day at the Sher­man Li­brary.

The dis­tin­guished Rus­sian writer and philoso­pher wrote nov­els such as “War and Peace” and “Anna Karen­ina.”

The fes­ti­val is in­tended to pro­mote aware­ness of his works and fo­cus on cul­tural in­ter­change be­tween the two coun­tries. The pro­gram will fea­ture a dis­cus­sion about Tol­stoy’s life and work and an op­por­tu­nity to visit the replica of Tol­stoy’s Moscow garden study that was con­structed there.

Speak­ers will in­clude Alek­sandr Bur­din, con­sul of the Rus­sian Fed­er­a­tion in the USA; Don Lowe, Sher­man first se­lect­man; Vladimir Lebe­dev, di­rec­tor of Moscow Depart­ment for Ex­pa­tri­ates; Natalia Moroz, rep­re­sen­ta­tive of Ros­sotrud­nich­estvo (Cen­ter for Rus­sia Cul­ture); Kse­nia Voyevod­skaya, rep­re­sen­ta­tive of Tol­stoy Foun­da­tion in USA; Ju­lian Lund­feld, Amer­i­can poet and trans­la­tor of Rus­sian po­etry; Vladimir Alexan­drov, pro­fes­sor of Rus­sian lit­er­a­ture at Yale Univer­sity; John Varoly, writer, jour­nal­ist and spe­cial­ist in Rus­sian stud­ies, and Ma­rina Adanovich, ed­i­tor in chief for the Rus­sian New Re­view.

For more in­for­ma­tion and reg­is­tra­tion, visit https://

bit.ly/2Nl3Ml4.

The event is or­ga­nized with ef­forts of the English-Rus­sian fam­ily of Robin Ray­bould, his­to­rian and writer, and Elena Mi­hailova, pro­fes­sor of Rus­sian lit­er­a­ture, who have built an ex­act copy of the garden study in Khamovniki es­tate, the mu­seum of Tol­stoy, where the writer used to spend ev­ery win­ter from 1882 to

1901.

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