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Sami Rohr Prize Finalists Named

The Jewish Book Council has announced the five finalists for the Sami Rohr Prize, which will be presented later this spring and, this year, honors fiction writers and their work.

The finalists are:

Elisa Albert for The Book of Dahlia (Free Press)

Sana Krasikov for One More Year (Spiegel & Grau)

Anne Landsman for The Rowing Lesson (Soho Press)

Dalia Sofer for The Septembers of Shiraz (Ecco)

Anya Ulinich for Petropolis (Viking Penguin)

Congratulations to all. And to learn more about this award, please click here.

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Haruki Murakami Wins Jerusalem Prize

Via Ynet:

“Popular Japanese writer Haruki Murakami, author of the best-selling ‘Norwegian Wood’ and ‘A Wild Sheep Chase’ was named winner of the 2009 Jerusalem Prize on Wednesday.

The Jerusalem Prize for the Freedom of the Individual in Society is a biennial literary award traditionally bestowed upon authors whose work has dealt with human freedom, society, politics, and government.

Murakami, who rarely accepts accolades in person, will arrive in Jerusalem in February as the guest of the International Book Fair, where Mayor Nir Barkat will present him with the award.”

Read the full article here.

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Grandparents’ Days

Today begins a bittersweet anniversary period. Between today and the end of the month, my family commemorates a series of important occasions.

Today, for instance, would have been my paternal grandparents’ 68th wedding anniversary. And both my grandmothers were late-January babies, with their birthdays a week apart (I have many happy memories of joint birthday celebrations). Then, at month’s end, we will say Kaddish for my paternal grandmother, the grandparent my sister and I were lucky to have with us the longest (she died in 2002).

January is also a time to say Kaddish for a number of other loved ones: the great-grandmother for whom my sister is named; my mother’s beloved Aunt Syl; and my maternal grandfather.

All of them remain with us.

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Notes from Around the Web: Sixth Gaza Edition

From Israel, Calev writes to a school friend and seeks “to try and explain the view from here. Because regardless of whether one agrees, it’s important to hear our narrative, our questions, our fears.”
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The Forward addresses sad truths in “Numbering the Dead.”
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The New York Times provides a pretty decent list of suggested reading to help strengthen one’s understanding of current events.

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A Picture Worth A Thousand Words

A friend sent me this image, which she received from a relative who lives in Israel. I tried to track down its creator, only to learn that it is indeed one of the “viral” images that is making the rounds (I suspect, however, that it is surely not showing up on the Listserv I recently quit), and that no one seems to know who created it.

I think it speaks for itself. May the conflict it reveals end swiftly, with safety for all the noncombatants and for Israel’s defenders.

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