Busia Second Volume Sales to Benefit Museums, Church Restoration, Journalism Foundation

Book Launch & Signing Confirmed for December 21 & 22

The Hamtramck (Michigan) Historical Museum at 9525 Joseph Campau will host a book launch for Busia: School Days on the Farm with My Polish Grandmother by Leonard Kniffel on December 21, followed on December 22 by a book signing at the Polish Art Center next door.

The museum event will run from 11:30 until 2:00, with a light luncheon and beverages served. At 1:00 p.m., a short program will include the presentation of a portrait of the author’s grandmother–Helena Brodacki, the Busia of the book–to the museum collection. The watercolor was painted by Chicago artist Mary Phelan from a wedding photograph.

The Polish Art Center, at 9539 Joseph Campau in Hamtramck, will be stocked with great Christmas gifts, and the author will be signing books there from 11:00 to 3:00 on Sunday, December 22. The book will be available for purchase at the Hamtramck Historical Museum and the Polish Art Center at $15, as is the first book in the Busia Series, Busia: Seasons on the Farm with My Polish Grandmother.

Proceeds from book sales will benefit the Hamtramck Historical Museum. Family, friends, and the general public, all are invited, and your support is essential for the continued growth of the museum, which documents the history of the city where the author’s grandparents immigrated in 1913 and where they spent the first decade of the lives in America, and where the author’s mother was born.

“In this brilliant memoir, Leonard Kniffel brings to life his childhood growing up with his Polish grandmother in rural Michigan,” says Hamtramck Museum Director Greg Kowalski. “Anyone who has ever spent time in a Polish-American family will instantly feel the draw of his memories. From czarnina soup the the classic Christmas Eve celebration to a Polish grandmother whose love and kindness shaped the world for one little boy.”

Both Busia books are available online from the Polish Art Center and can also be purchased for $15 from the Polish Museum of America and St. Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Church in Chicago, and from the Polish American Journal Foundation in New York. All proceeds benefit the nonprofit sellers.

Leonard Kniffel is a librarian and writer living in Chicago. His other books are: A Polish Son in the Motherland: An American’s Journey Home, Reading with the Stars: A Celebration of Books and Libraries, and Musicals on the Silver Screen. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Polish Museum of America, the immediate past president of the Polish American Librarians Association, and former editor of American Libraries, the magazine of the American Library Association.

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