CLOSED: A hunger strike! A memoir! A giveaway!

Cover of Swimming in the Daylight by Lisa PaulI’m very excited to announce that I’m doing a book giveaway in the next issue of the Soviet Samovar newsletter. Those of you who follow my page on Facebook can also sign up through the giveaway tab on the page.

In 1985, an American student named Lisa Paul went on a 25-day hunger strike, to try to free her Russian teacher and friend Inna Meiman from the USSR. Inna was a refusenik who had cancer and badly needed treatment in the US. It was an unlikely friendship – a Catholic, American student from the midwest and a Soviet-Jewish dissident – with an even unlikelier outcome.

Lisa’s written a book about her experiences – Swimming in the Daylight – and has generously agreed to give away a signed copy to one lucky newsletter subscriber.

To enter, just sign up for the Soviet Samovar newsletter here. If you’re already a newsletter subscriber, then you’re automatically entered.

I’ll also be posting a Q+A with Lisa next Tuesday, so even if you don’t win, make sure to check back to learn more about her and the book.

The newsletter comes out on Tuesday, and you have until midnight EST to sign up and be eligible for the giveaway.