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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.

  • Steve Stern, on being “in search of the lost Jews of Memphis, Tennessee.” (h/t @AngloJewishLit) See also Alan Cheuse’s review of Stern’s newest novel.
  • Ongoing (until July 21): a Goodreads giveaway for Linda K. Wertheimer’s forthcoming book Faith Ed: Teaching About Religion in an Age of Intolerance.
  • Catch up with Fig Tree Books–now publishing fiction and memoir on American Jewish Experience–in the latest newsletter, which went out to subscribers yesterday.
  • Very much worth viewing: this week’s Jewish Women’s Archive book club session with Tova Mirvis.
  • And my weekend tbr list: new fiction by Sam Apple, courtesy of Tablet (apparently, it involves Philip Roth).
  • Shabbat shalom!

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    Midweek Notes from a Practicing Writer

    Day-Job Doings

    Much of my time lately has been consumed by my work for Fig Tree Books. It has been exceptionally busy, with lots of good things happening.

    Among the latest goings-on: an announcement about the company’s expansion to new genres; the launch of Safekeeping, Jessamyn Hope’s gorgeous debut novel (pictured below at a local bookstore); and, ahem, the drafting and polishing of the latest Fig Tree newsletter, which should be out this week.

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    Monday Markets for Writers: No Fees. Paying Gigs.

    dollar-sign-mdMonday brings the weekly batch of no-fee competitions/contests, paying submission calls, and jobs for those of us who write (especially those of us who write fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction). Continue reading ›

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    Words of the Week

    “For a long time, I dreamed of being free. Of making a separate peace and standing on my balcony and watching the sun set on my city with no greater thought than “this is my city in the dark.” But I can’t stop caring and worrying. I can’t stop arguing. I know that I’m an individual free to make my own decisions and choose my own path, but I feel I’m being defined by something bigger than myself. I know a little of what my grandparents knew. My worries are older than I am—ancient, the old history closing in. Ebb tide. In the afternoon, you swim above the sand in the clear water, but in the evening the sharks come in to feed in the oceans, white with foam.”

    Source: Rich Cohen, “Ebb Tide in the Golden Country: Why All Is Not As It Was for the Jews in America” (Tablet)

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    Sunday Sentence

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    In which I participate in David Abrams’s “Sunday Sentence” project, sharing the best sentence I’ve read during the past week, “out of context and without commentary.”

    “Who knew an accordion tune could come so close to sounding like a symphony?”

    Source: Jason Hess, review of Jessamyn Hope’s Safekeeping: A Novel (NewPages.com)

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    Friday Finds for Writers

    Treasure Chest
    Writing-related resources, news, and reflections to enjoy over the weekend.

  • I’ve got some ambivalent feelings when it comes to various “best books” lists (and arguments about them). So I appreciated Laura Miller’s Salon column on “the absurdity of these dumb ‘my “great books” list is better than yours’ debates.”
  • “It’s perfectly in keeping with being a writer—even a ‘literary’ writer—to want to be paid.” Over on The Review Review, Allison K. Williams pleads for literary magazines to be open and up-front about whether they pay their writers. (On a related note: I would plead for those compiling newsletters/lists that feature litmag calls to do the same with the information that they share–is the opportunity that you are sharing one that pays, or not? Does it charge an entry fee, or not? Please don’t make me click through to each and every listing and to its guidelines page to find this information out for myself each and every time.)
  • Useful: “GLAAD responds to Vanity Fair cover featuring Caitlyn Jenner, releases updated tip sheet for journalists.” (via Boing Boing)
  • Next week brings the release date for Jessamyn Hope’s gorgeous debut novel Safekeeping. (I’m proud to be part of the team at Fig Tree Books that’s helping the book reach all of you readers!) Over on the Writer’s Digest/Guide to Literary Agents blog, Jessamyn recently shared “7 Things I’ve Learned So Far.” (Look for her also in the “Breaking In” column in the July/August print issue of Writer’s Digest.)
  • Finally, for some reliably wry literary humor: Over on the Ploughshares blog, Rebecca Makkai wonders, “Was This Review Helpful to You?”
  • Have a wonderful weekend.

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