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Pre-Shabbat Jewish Lit Links

Photo Credit: Reut Miryam Cohen

Photo Credit: Reut Miryam Cohen


Every Friday My Machberet presents an array of Jewish-interest links, primarily of the literary variety.

  • Job alert: Jew in the City is hiring an Editor/Manager of Marketing and Operations.
  • Lovely Forward essay by Joshua Braff on his road to becoming a writer — and his Jewish grandmother’s reactions along the way.
  • In The Jewish Week, Sandee Brawarsky explores the “growing literary genre of ex-Orthodox testing traditional narrative of insular communities.”
  • The New Jersey Jewish News recaps April’s “Frames: Jewish Culture and the Comic Book,” a two-day conference at Princeton University.
  • Next week brings the official publication of Jonathan Papernick’s The Book of Stone (Fig Tree Books). As a member of the FTB team, I was happy to see that this week brought a highly enthusiastic (and highly comprehensive) review on the Jewish Book Council’s website.
  • Shabbat Shalom!

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    TBR: “New Hebrew Writing”

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    How fast can you bookmark the site for World Literature Today?

    The new (May 2015) issue spotlights “New Hebrew Writing.” Only portions of the issue are available to non-subscribers online, but there’s enough there that I, for one, can tell that I’ll be spending a lot of time on the site as soon as those minutes/hours become available.

    Check it out. (Tip o’ the hat to The Literary Saloon for the find.)

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    Pre-Shabbat Jewish Literary Links

    Photo Credit: Reut Miryam Cohen

    Photo Credit: Reut Miryam Cohen

    Every Friday My Machberet presents an array of Jewish-interest links, primarily of the literary variety.

  • Podcast I intend to listen to this weekend: Gil Roth interviewing Thane Rosenbaum for The Virtual Memories Show.
  • On the occasion of Anthony Trollope’s 200th birthday, Ann Marlowe argues that Trollope is “the most Jewish of the great English novelists.” (I *need* to read some Trollope. But where to begin?)
  • Grateful for this summary of a New York Public Library “Children’s Literary Salon” that focused on Jewish kidlit.
  • ICYMI: My latest “From My Bookshelf” post here on My Machberet spotlights Michal Lemberger’s After Abel and Other Stories.
  • Finally, Fig Tree Books, publisher of fiction on the American Jewish experience, made a big announcement this week. (Hint: It has something to do with forthcoming titles.)
  • Shabbat Shalom!

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    From My Bookshelf: AFTER ABEL AND OTHER STORIES by Michal Lemberger

    Unknown As per usual, it has been a busy time, and I haven’t been able to read as much as I’d like to. But among the few books that I have managed to finish lately is one that still has me thinking: Michal Lemberger’s After Abel and Other Stories (Prospect Park Books).

    I’d been looking forward to this book of short stories for months, ever since I read the piece titled “Lot’s Wife” in Lilith magazine. Shortly thereafter, I enrolled in a Jewish-writing class myself that shared some parallels with Lemberger’s project in its approach.

    So what is Lemberger’s project? In a recent post for the Jewish Book Council’s blog, she explained: Continue reading ›

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    Pre-Shabbat Jewish Literary Links

    Photo Credit: Reut Miryam Cohen

    Photo Credit: Reut Miryam Cohen


    Every Friday My Machberet presents an array of Jewish-interest links, primarily of the literary variety.

  • SO MUCH has been happening over at Fig Tree Books (my employer). Check out our latest newsletter.
  • I was delighted to receive the latest issue of Lilith magazine in the mail this week and especially impressed by Elizabeth Edelglass’s short story within it.
  • This week, Tablet magazine presented original fiction by Maxim Shrayer: “A Genius in the Attic: Secrets of a Cape Cod Dacha.”
  • Love this piece by Ruth Wisse, occasioned by the publication of a new biography of Saul Bellow. (ht Mosaic Magazine)
  • The Jewish Book Council is hiring a program assistant.
  • Shabbat shalom!

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    My Niece’s Mitzvah Project

    If you want to be technical about it, Alexis isn’t my niece–she’s the daughter of one of my three first cousins. But she calls me “Auntie Erika,” and I love her to pieces. Which is why I’m so proud to share the project she has undertaken prior to being called to the Torah as a Bat Mitzvah.

    In her own words:

    Please sign up for my ProjectSave18 group. This is my Mitzvah Project and starting April 1, I will be posting facts about organ and tissue donation daily. I will be doing this throughout the entire month of April, Donate Life month. My grandma Alexis was in need of a heart and kidney transplant and partly because of this she passed away. Please help me spread the word by this cause by joining my group and sharing with all of your Facebook friends.

    (Interestingly—or maybe it’s not so interesting, since it IS Donate Life month—an item from MyJewishLearning.com crossed one of my social-media accounts a few days ago on the subject of “misgivings and misconceptions” re: organ donation.) Continue reading ›

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