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Jewish Literary Links for Shabbat

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Every Friday, My Machberet presents a set of Jewish Literary Links to close out the week.

  • First up: I’m currently reading Francesca Segal’s The Innocents, a novel that updates Edith Wharton’s The Age of Innocence and transplants it to Jewish London. You still have time to read a copy yourself before the Jewish Book Council’s Twitter chat with the author, which is slated for July 16.
  • Also looking just a bit ahead: If you’re in New York, you may want to catch “Four Jewish Guys: Poetry and Performance,” scheduled for July 19 and featuring Jake Marmer, Jay Michaelson, Yehoshua November, and Philip Terman.
  • Not easy to read, but noteworthy nonetheless: “The American Girl in the Bunker,” a first-person account of a volunteer from New York serving in an IDF paratrooper unit–and dealing with rockets from Gaza.
  • Very different material, but also worth your time: Deborah Eisenberg’s new short story, “Cross Off and Move On.”
  • And over on Bagels and Books, there’s a nice recap of this spring’s Writers’ Festival in Jerusalem.
  • Shabbat shalom!

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    1. I’m also reading The Innocents and I’m enjoying it so much. I was almost afraid to read it because it sounded so good (and of course the author’s literary legacy) I wondered if the novel could live up to expectations. But it’s wonderful!

      • Jamie, thank you for your comment. I just read your blog post from yesterday about the book. (Confession: I used to have an insane Daniel Day-Lewis crush, myself!) Anyway, you should try to get to the JBC Twitter chat if you can (I’m often able to use my lunch time to do so). I had the opportunity to meet Francesca and hear her read briefly from the book when she was here in NYC last month, and she is lovely. I’m sure the chat w/her will be great.

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