This past Wednesday, the Jewish Book Council hosted its latest Twitter Book Club chat online. Up for discussion: Elizabeth Rosner’s Blue Nude. It was a busy day at the office for me, but I was able to drop in during the lunchtime chat. Want to know what was discussed? Read the transcript.
Recognizing authors’ names in Josh Lambert’s Tablet books column is getting to be a habit! This week, I was happy to see mentioned Ida Hattemer-Higgins, whose debut novel, The History of History, “features an American Jewish woman in Berlin with a hole in her memory and a growing fascination with the wife of Joseph Goebbels, living in a city in which the legacy of Nazism insinuates itself in magically concrete ways.” I’ve known about this book for several years through the author’s posts on the Poets & Writers Speakeasy online discussion forum, where I have been known to chime in, too.
We lost musical genius and spiritual leader Debbie Friedman this week. Among the many tributes, with reflections on Debbie’s contributions to the experience of Jewish prayer, is this lovely one, from Linda K. Wertheimer.
Erika Dreifus is the author of Quiet Americans: Stories (Last Light Studio), which is an ALA Sophie Brody Medal Honor Title for outstanding Jewish literature. Quiet Americans was also named a Notable Book (The Jewish Journal) and a Top Small-Press Book (Shelf Unbound). Erika is a contributing editor for Fiction Writers Review and an advisory board member for J Journal: New Writing on Justice, and she wrote the section on “Choosing a Low-Residency MFA Program in Creative Writing” for the second edition of Tom Kealey’s Creative Writing MFA Handbook (Continuum, 2008). Erika is also the editor/publisher of The Practicing Writer, a free (and popular) e-newsletter featuring advice, opportunities, and resources on the craft and business of writing for fictionists, poets, and writers of creative nonfiction.
A high-ranking Nazi’s wife and a Jewish doctor in prewar Berlin. A Jewish immigrant soldier and the German POWs he is assigned to supervise. A refugee returning to Europe for the first time just as terrorists massacre Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics. A son of survivors and the family secrets modern technology may reveal. These are some of the characters and conflicts that emerge in Quiet Americans, in stories that reframe familiar questions about what is right and wrong, remembered and repressed, resolved and unending. Portions of the proceeds from sales of Quiet Americans are being donated to The Blue Card. Quiet Americans has been named a 2012 Sophie Brody Medal Honor Title (American Library Association) and recognized as a “Notable Book” (The Jewish Journal) and “Top Book” (Shelf Unbound).
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