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Jewish Literary Links for Shabbat

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Every Friday morning My Machberet presents an assortment of Jewish news, primarily of the literary variety, from around the Web.

  • Listen to this radio interview with Nora Gold, all about JewishFiction.net, which Gold edits.
  • And speaking of Jewish fiction: Nicole Krauss’s “Zusya on the Roof” appears this week in The New Yorker.
  • David Curzon’s appreciation of poet Harvey Shapiro (1924-2013), courtesy of Jewish Ideas Daily.
  • Call for submissions: “The Israel Association of Writers in English (IAWE) is planning arc-23. The theme of this issue is: ‘beyond boundaries.’ We are looking for work that implicitly or explicitly explores the experience of transcending a boundary, for example personally, politically, poetically, or linguistically. Boundaries can be literal or symbolic. Creative interpretations of this topic are welcome.” NB: “Any resident of Israel, past or present, can submit original material. The material should be in English. Translations of Israeli authors from Hebrew, Arabic, Russian, etc. are welcome, provided that the original’s copyright holder has consented.” Deadline: June 30, 2013.
  • Mazel tov to the winner and honorable mention awardees for this year’s American Library Association Sophie Brody Medal, which “encourages and recognizes outstanding achievement in Jewish literature. The 2013 winning title is The Aleppo Codex: A True Story of Obsession, Faith, and the Pursuit of an Ancient Bible by Matti Friedman. Honorable mentions: I Am Forbidden by Anouk Markovits, Nathan Englander’s What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank, and The Lawgiver by Herman Wouk.
  • And you’ve still got some time to enter this giveaway. Two copies of Quiet Americans (which received a Sophie Brody Medal Honorable Mention last year) will be awarded!
  • Shabbat shalom!

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    1. “Zusya on the Roof” seems to me, on one reading and not more, exceptionally well written but leading nowhere except to the potentially dangerous moment on the roof where something awful might happen but we suppose does not. It seemed writing looking for a story.

      • Barbara, I’d agree that the ending–with that moment on the roof–leaves the reader with more questions than answers. But perhaps that was the author’s intent?

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