There are lots of ways to be a good literary citizen. I like to think that when I share news of opportunities for writers, I’m being a good literary citizen. When I “talk” about books and stories and essays and poems that I’ve read and admired–whether in a “real” conversation, in a blog post, on Twitter, or on Goodreads–I’m being a good literary citizen. And when I participate in the monthly Jewish Book Carnival, “a monthly event where bloggers who blog about Jewish books can meet, read, and comment on each others’ posts,” I’m also being a good literary citizen. Especially when I volunteer to serve as Carnival host.
You see, each month, Jewish Book Carnival posts are curated on one of the participant’s sites. A Carnival post typically publishes on the 15th of the month. Last Saturday evening, after sundown and the end of the Jewish Sabbath, the December Carnival went live on My Machberet, the blog I maintain where I focus specifically on matters of Jewish literary and cultural interest.
I invite you to visit and see all of the wonderful contributions from the Carnival participants. And if discussing Jewish-themed literature appeals to you, perhaps at some point you’ll want to join the Carnival, too.