The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture / Tagus Press is a multidisciplinary international studies and outreach unit dedicated to the study of the language, literatures and cultures of the Portuguese-speaking world. Working in close partnership with the Department of Portuguese and the Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives, it is the oldest of these units devoted to Portuguese at UMass Dartmouth.

Events - 2013

"The Nation by the River"

Book talk and presentation by Gabe Galambos, author of the novel.

October 28, at 5:30 PM. , Prince Henry Society Reading Room at the 
Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives - UMass Dartmouth Library Building (Parking lot 13)

Event free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

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The Nation by the River by Gabe

The Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives, in collaboration with the Center for Jewish Culture, announces a book talk and presentation by Gabe Galambos, author of the novel Stealing Pike’s Peak, at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.  The event will take place in the Prince Henry Society Reading Room of the Archives on Monday, October 28, at 5:30 PM.  Mr. Galambos will read from his new novel, The Nation by the River, a story about a boy, Michael Costa, who discovers that he is part of a community of Crypto-Jews in modern day Southcoast. He will also present on his research about the conversos of the Azores, on which the book is partially based.

The Nation by the River lets readers in on a secret society, one that David Gitlitz, author of various books on Hispanic and Sephardic culture, including the prize-winning Secrecy and Deceit: The Religion of the Crypto-Jews, describes as "a community immersed in an ethos of fear and secrecy that for them validates their identity as a group apart." According to Norma Libman, a specialist on Conversos and Crypto-Jews, and lecturer for Road Scholar, The Nation by the River is “a terrific coming-of-age story wrapped in a thought-provoking mystery,” while Kirkus Reviews characterizes the book’s narrative style as “distinctive” and Best Harbor, the fictional Massachusetts town where the story takes place, as bearing “an aura of deep paranoia and suspicion.

Gabe Galambos was born in Hungary to Holocaust survivor parents. In 1956 the family escaped Hungary and eventually settled in Brookline, Massachusetts. After graduating from Brandeis University, Mr. Galambos moved to Israel, made Aliyah, and joined the Israel Defense Forces. In 1983, while working on a Masters Degree at Jerusalem's Hebrew University, he was sent to Sudan by the American Association for Ethiopian Jewry (AAEJ) to assist in the clandestine rescue of Jews fleeing Ethiopia, ending up in the notorious Juba city prison. His experiences and travels provided source material for his first novel, Stealing Pike's Peak, a globe-hopping political thriller.  To write The Nation by the River, he journeyed to the Azorean islands to meet with historians and academics; researched New World Crypto-Jews and the Inquisitions that both drove and chased them there; and learned much about the Azorean culture of this area. Recently, he shared his Azorean research at a conference of the Society for Crypto-Judaic Studies, and on November 6 he will present The Nation by the River at Shearith Israel in New York, America’s first Jewish congregation.

The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. Please park in lot 13. The Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives is located on the campus side of the Claire T. Carney Library, accessible through its own entrance.