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Alicia Oltuski

When: Wed., Aug. 10, 7-8 p.m. 2011

If you've ever been to New York and drifted a few blocks east and north of Times Square, you probably encountered an area that left you feeling that you'd entered a different century. If you did, in fact, wander into the Diamond District, you were in a neighborhood through which 90 percent of all diamonds in this country pass. New York's trade in precious stones is almost exclusively the province of ultra-Orthodox Jews, and the men who keep the shops dress in 18th-century funereal black. Now writer Alicia Oltuski provides a peek into this world. And she should know: She's the daughter and granddaughter of diamond dealers. Reviewing her book in the Washington Post, Jonathan Yardley wrote, "There are other, vastly more encyclopedic histories of diamonds ... but I am unaware of a book that so intimately captures the strange and strangely beguiling place in which they are bought and sold." Oltuski appears tonight at 7. —David Fellerath

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