Pushkin Society in America
Poetry and Jazz, a program that provides creative activities in the arts for Russian-Americans, embraced their colleagues with invitations to a club night event. Olga Slavnina, the president of the Evening on the Hudson Club, introduced the amazing team of creative Russian-Americans who had gathered together at this club in New Jersey for many years. Dina Perepelitsky, a writer, celebrated her birthday that evening. Ms. Slavnina and Mr. Nuzov, Ms. Perepelitsky’s friends and customers, attended the presentation of “How We Ate Grandma”, her comically-titled book. Slavnina, Nuzov, and Perepelitsky said they decided to organize the “Club Night on the Hudson” event last year. In early February 2013, the Museum of Russian Art in Jersey City served as their first club evening event. It was held to honor the memory of Vasily Aksenov, a novelist and former professor of Russian literature at George Mason University. The guest of the evening was a childhood friend of Ronald Sagdeyev, a writer, scholar, and the director of the East-West Space Science Center at the University of Maryland; he is also a foreign member of the United States National Academy of Sciences and the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.