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Here’s a new resource: the Jewish Book Council’s blog. Check it out!
Registration is now open for the Jewish Fiction Writers’ Conference, scheduled to take place Sunday, March 15, 2009, at the 92nd Street Y in Manhattan. I’m delighted to be participating in the event as a presenter, and I’m grateful to the Y and the Jewish Book Council for putting it together.
Read more about it (and register) here.
This is awkward to write about.
As you might surmise from the links I’ve spotlighted to the right, I visit Jeffrey Goldberg’s Atlantic blog quite frequently. And at least for me, there is something sadly and authentically Jewish about spending time considering “how to stay alive in a terrorized hotel,” as Goldberg does in this post. A subject continued in this one.
Let’s hope none of us will ever need to use this advice. But I have to say that as I read these posts, I was grateful for them. Which I also think has something to do with my Jewish background: Somehow, as a grandchild of people chased out of their homeland, I focus a lot on safety issues.
Last night I was looking through the latest issue of Reform Judaism magazine when I noticed books by two authors I admire featured “For Discussion”: Saving Stanley: The Brickman Stories, by Scott Nadelson, and The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit: My Father’s Exodus from Old Cairo to the New World, by Lucette Lagnado.
As I say, these authors are not new to me (I’ve mentioned them both on this blog), but what is new to me is the Union for Reform Judaism’s “Significant Jewish Books” initiative. As explained here, “In November 1997, Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie unveiled an initiative to encourage every Reform Jew to read significant Jewish books. Since then, the Union has selected eight volumes each year and prepared study guides for them.”
The books by Nadelson and Lagnado, therefore, can now be read with an eye toward discussion fostered by guides provided here. Keep them in mind for your next book group meeting, and check out the full archive of previously recommended titles.