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Irina Reyn Wins 2009 Goldberg Prize

Congratulations to Irina Reyn, winner of the 2009 Goldberg Prize for Jewish Fiction by Emerging Writers for her 2008 novel, What Happened to Anna K. As you may recall, I read this book about a year ago, and I thought it was wonderful. I’m so glad to see Reyn and her book honored this way.

From the Foundation for Jewish Culture’s Web site: “Established in 1999 and supported through a generous grant from the Samuel Goldberg & Sons Foundation, the Goldberg Prize for Jewish Fiction by Emerging Writers is among the very first of its kind to highlight new works by contemporary writers exploring Jewish themes. The prize spotlights promising new talent, and is awarded to an American fiction writer for a first or second full-length work that was published in the previous calendar year. Submissions must be made by the publisher. The award includes a prize of $2,500, as well as a one-week residency at Ledig House International Writers Colony in New York’s Hudson Valley.”

The deadline for the 2010 competition will be announced shortly. Congratulations once again to Irina Reyn!

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The Future of Jewish News Reporting

Saw a small announcement in The Jewish Week about what looks to be an excellent event here in New York City next Monday evening (November 2): “‘The Future of Jewish News Reporting,’ a panel discussion featuring Ami Eden, editor of the Jewish Telegraphic Agency; Alana Newhouse, editor of Tablet Magazine; and Gary Rosenblatt, editor and publisher of The Jewish Week, will take place on Monday, Nov. 2, at 8 p.m., at Lincoln Square Synagogue, 200 Amsterdam Ave. The moderator is Samuel Freedman, professor of journalism at Columbia University School of Journalism, author and columnist. The event, co-sponsored by Lincoln Square Synagogue and The Jewish Week, is free and open to the public.”

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Becoming Americans: Writing the Immigrant Experience

If you’re in New York City and have time available on Tuesday evening, October 27, you may want to check out this event at Columbia University:

“Join Ilan Stavans, editor of The Library of America’s new anthology Becoming Americans: Four Centuries of Immigrant Writing, and two contributors, award-winning writers Jhumpa Lahiri and Gary Shteyngart, for an evening of readings and discussion. Open to public.”

Details here.

Sounds wonderful, but unfortunately I can’t get there. If any of our readers are going, please report back!

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Poetry Competition: Anna Davidson Rosenberg Awards for Poems on the Jewish Experience

“Established in 1987 by the Judah L. Magnes Museum and the children of Anna Davidson Rosenberg, a community volunteer who came to California at the turn of the 20th century, the Anna Davidson Rosenberg Award annually awards cash prizes for poems on the Jewish experience. A total of $3,000 in prize money is awarded to winners in first place, second place, and honorable mention categories.” The submission deadline in December 1, 2009, and there’s no entry fee. Click here for more information (and to read the work of last year’s winners). Good luck!

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TBR: Allison Amend’s STATIONS WEST

This new interview with fiction writer Allison Amend gives us advance notice about what promises to be one of next spring’s most interesting reads: Amend’s forthcoming debut novel, Stations West, “an historical novel relating the lives of four generations of Jewish immigrants in Oklahoma in the mid-19th Century” that is loosely based on Amend’s own ancestors. Stations West will be published by the Yellow Shoe Fiction imprint at Louisiana State University Press.

I’m really sorry that I missed the story (published in the remarkable One Story) that apparently provided the seed for the novel. But one of the things I love about One Story is its custom of interviewing authors about their published pieces, and you can learn more about the history behind “Stations West,” the story in another interview with the author.

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