Yale Strom

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Yale Strom is a violinist, composer, film maker, writer, photographer, and playwright—as well as a leading ethnographer-artist of klezmer music. In addition to composing, studying, and playing klezmer music, he writes Jewish stories with klezmer themes. He is an artist-in-residence in the Jewish Studies Program at San Diego State University. He lives in San Diego.


What was your favorite book when you were a child?

“The Adventures of Tpby Tyler and “The Adventures of the Mushroom Planet”.

What’s your favorite line from a book?

“And to think I saw it on Mulberrt Street.”

Who are your top three favorite authors or illustrators?

I.B. Singer and I.L. Peretz.

Why did you want to become an author or illustrator?

I like transporting people into a different time and place. This experience can be something that I have actually lived through or something I have lived through in my imagination, in my screening room in my brain. I think I have something to say that can move people and perhaps make a difference.

Do you have any advice for future authors or illustrators?

Travel and read about different folk cultures throughout the world.