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2011 Book Festival Author
Lisa Paul

Author Biography

Lisa Paul's recently published memoir, Swimming in the Daylight: An American Student, A Soviet-Jewish Dissident, and the Gift of Hope, tells the story of her friendship with Inna Kitrosskaya Meiman, her Russian language teacher. She met Inna in Moscow at a pivotal time in history--the years just before the collapse of the Soviet Union. Although Paul started language lessons with the goal of improving her Russian skills, she ended up learning much more from her teacher. Inna was refused permission to receive medical treatment abroad, but she revealed an indomitable spirit and imparted an unforgettable lesson: it is possible to swim in the daylight of hope even amid an ocean of darkness and despair.

Paul was raised in Appleton, Wisconsin, and is a proud graduate of Appleton West High School. She lived in Moscow from 1983-1985. After receiving her undergraduate degree in Russian Studies, she worked for two organizations devoted to improving U.S.-Soviet relations. Paul is now a civil litigation attorney in Milwaukee, where she lives with her husband and two daughters.

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