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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.

  • “The Sydney Taylor Book Award [is] celebrating and showcasing its 2016 gold and silver medalists with a Blog Tour, February 8-12, 2016! Interviews with winning authors and illustrators will appear on a wide variety of Jewish and kidlit blogs.”
  • In which Anca Szilagyi addresses family history – & fiction-writing – for Jewish in Seattle.
  • Big doings at Fig Tree Books this week, including the announcement of our latest acquisition and the release of our Winter newsletter.
  • “Well represented among Mount Auburn [Cemetery]’s Jewish residents are people of letters, including ‘freedom of dissent’ supporter and journal publisher I.F. Stone, as well as ‘The Natural’ author Bernard Malamud, whose flat grave marker says, ‘The master of stories,’ in Yiddish.” (Matt Lebovic/Times of Israel)
  • And for Valentine’s Day: a selection of romantic lines in Jewish literature, courtesy of Talya Zax.
  • Shabbat shalom.

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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 many #JewLit awards were announced this week. See the announcements from the American Library Association/Sophie Brody Medal committee, the National Jewish Book Awards, and the Sydney Taylor Book Awards. And MAZAL TOV to all of the honorees.
  • Among those awardees is Shulem Deen, who won a National Jewish Book Award for his memoir All Who Go Do Not Return. Last month, I had the opportunity to hear him give the keynote address at a Jewish Book Council conference. And now, the JBC has published his “Top 10 Rules for Memoir Writing.”
  • And if you’re looking for other writing lessons, especially with a Jewish flavor, you might want to take a look at what’s here on the Fig Tree Books blog.
  • Update from the Jewish Plays Project.
  • And let’s conclude with this culture alert: “13 Festivals in Israel to Get Excited for in 2016.”
  • Shabbat shalom.

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    From My Bookshelf: Poetry for Jewish Book Month

    As you may already know, tomorrow brings the beginning of the 90th year of Jewish Book Month. And in anticipation, I’m sharing a few poetry titles that are on my tbr list.

    But first, a quick look back on my latest read: Inspired by sample poems written by Dan Pagis (1930-1986) about the biblical characters Adam/Eve/Cain/Abel—poems distributed by instructor Amy Gottlieb in a class I’m taking at the Drisha Institute—I spent a chunk of last weekend reading Variable Directions, a full collection of Pagis’s work translated by Stephen Mitchell. And I’m very glad that I did.

    Now that I’ve returned Variable Directions to the library, here are three additional poetry titles awaiting my attention.

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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.

  • Mazal tov to Molly Antopol, winner of the 2015 Harold U. Ribalow Prize for Jewish fiction for The UnAmericans. (We asked Molly some questions about one of the stories in the book way back when.)
  • On my weekend viewing agenda: a video of Israeli author David Grossman’s recent lecture at Harvard University.
  • Chabad Lubavitch International (Brooklyn) is advertising for a Writer/Editor’s Assistant.
  • Looking for a slew of news, reviews, and interviews from the world of Jewish books? See the latest Jewish Book Carnival, hosted for October by Fig Tree Books.
  • Speaking of Fig Tree Books, it’s not too late to celebrate this week’s launch of Ben Nadler’s The Sea Beach Line.
  • Shabbat shalom.

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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.

  • A Sydney Review of Books reviewer calls Leah Kaminsky’s new novel “a powerful new addition to the canon of Australian Holocaust literature.”
  • Open for submissions: the 2016 Jewish Plays Project. Check out their latest newsletter.
  • And speaking of newsletters–here’s the latest one from Fig Tree Books. (edited by yours truly).
  • A lovely piece by Rabbi David Wolpe on his father’s–and others’–books.
  • Many congratulations to the winners of the 2015 Canadian Jewish Literary Awards (including Nora Gold, who discussed her award-winning Fields of Exile with me in this interview last year).
  • Shabbat shalom.

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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.

  • If Saul Bellow were still alive, he’d be about to turn 100. The Fig Tree Books blog takes note, with some fresh considerations of some of Bellow’s novels.
  • Herman Wouk, on the other hand, has just celebrated his 100th birthday. In a lovely essay for The Forward, Judy Bolton-Fasman recalls why her father wouldn’t let her read Wouk’s Marjorie Morningstar.
  • Another excellent essay that caught my attention this week: Maxim D. Shrayer’s reflections on Arthur Miller’s Incident at Vichy, over on Tablet.
  • A hearty, collective Mazal Tov to all of the publications and writers honored by this year’s Simon Rockower Awards from the American Jewish Press Association.
  • Last, but perhaps not least: I’m extremely proud of this new review of Léon Blum: Prime Minister, Socialist, Zionist, over on The Barnes & Noble Review.
  • Shabbat shalom.

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