Black Bird Bookstore

Author Reading w/ Yuliya Patsay

Yuliya Patsay is a Soviet-born, SF-raised, teller of stories- most of which are at least half true. She lives in the Richmond’s 'Little Russia' with enough mishpuha close by to keep her wildly entertained! This is her first book, though hopefully not her last.

About Until the Last Pickle: A Memoir in 18 Recipes: Born to a Jewish mother and Ukrainian father during the final years of the Soviet Union, Yuliya Patsay grew up believing bread lines were a fun way to spend an afternoon, drafts caused pneumonia, and that Lenin was everyone's benevolent grandpa.

After trading pickled herring and Soviet winters for San Francisco fog and year-round produce (the real American dream!) she found herself occupying two parallel universes: the first grounded in her Soviet roots and the second in her burgeoning 'Amerikanskiye' beliefs.

Irreverent, nostalgic and vulnerable, Until the Last Pickle, is a memoir replete with remembrances, anecdotes, and exactly 18 recipes. It's an exploration of identity and belonging - at once, deeply personal and broadly relatable - told through the lens of one family's "totally average" immigration journey.

Yuliya Patsay is a storyteller, voice actor, author and professional speaker for events, webinars, and workshops specializing in topics of creativity, entrepreneurship, and the art of storytelling.