Many thanks to Naomi Firestone for posting “A Word from the Israeli Literary Front” last week during the Jerusalem International Book Fair. The post highlighted two resources I’m passing along to you.
First, check out Fiction is Real, the Jewish Agency for Israel’s Book Club Resources for Israeli Fiction. It provides reading group guides to works of Israeli literature available in English.
And then, for those who may be writing in Israel, check out The Studio. Situated north of Netanya, it is author and translator Evan Fallenberg’s center for writers and readers of English.
This is brilliant. Bravo, Howard Jacobson. (And thank you for the link, Nextbook.)
In the current Jewish Week, Sandee Brawarsky previews a number of Jewish-themed titles coming to libraries and bookstores near you this spring. And there are a number of intriguing volumes forthcoming.
There will be new tomes from established names like Dara Horn, Amos Oz, and Aharon Appelfeld. A translation of Jonathan Littell’s prizewinning Les bienveillantes (“The Kindly Ones”). Something that’s absolutely going on my tbr list: Shulamit Lapid’s Valley of Strength, coming from the ever-reliable Toby Press. And plenty of nonfiction, too.
It’s not often that I wish I were younger–life is just fine right now, thank you–but when I received an announcement from the Jewish Book Council about one particular opportunity, I wished I could be 18-26 again.
The Council is now working with Hillel to provide a Taglit-Birthright Israel trip focused on journalism and Jewish literature. This free trip is open to Jews who are 18-26 years old and have never been on a peer-group trip to Israel. Registration opens next week, and will be open until March 4.
If this trip appeals to you (or might appeal to someone you know who fits the eligibility criteria), click here for more information.
Just a reminder that the Jewish Fiction Writers’ Conference scheduled for Sunday, March 15, 2009, at the 92nd Street Y in New York City is currently accepting early-bird registrations. But time for the discount is running out! You have until February 16 to save on the registration fee (it’s $115 until then, and $135 until March 9, when registration closes). Your conference registration will include a kosher breakfast and lunch.
And it will include the chance to attend numerous focused presentations—including the one I am having a lot of fun preparing. My session on “Publishing Your Jewish Short Stories” will include up-to-date information from all the magazine and journal editors who are so kindly responding to my inquiries at the moment. Plus lots of other guidance from someone who has managed to publish her share of Jewish-themed short fiction (in Lilith, Mississippi Review Online, TriQuarterly, and several others). Haven’t managed to publish a book-length collection, though, which is why I, personally, am eager to hear what the agent/editor types presenting that day will have to tell us.
For lots more information, and a downloadable brochure, click here. Hope to see you on March 15!