Our regularly scheduled “Jewish Literary Links for Shabbat” will return next week. But I’ve been on “staycation” this week here in New York City, and I haven’t been keeping up with the online offerings quite as assiduously as usual.
On the other hand, I did have the chance to stop by the Book Expo America (BEA) trade show yesterday. I expected to be entranced by all of the new and forthcoming books for adults (and I was), but I’m not sure I was fully prepared for the enormous appeal of the displays of books for children.
Including the displays set up by Kar-Ben Publishing, a wonderful source for Jewish-themed books for children. The Kar-Ben displays were among the first I saw, and my chat with publisher Joni Sussman was my first BEA conversation of the morning. Take a peek at some of the books she told me about (Aunt Erika is already preparing that Chanukah gift list!) and find others on the Kar-Ben website.
Photo Credit: Reut Miryam Cohen
It’s time for the weekly batch of Internet finds of Jewish literary interest.
Let’s begin here: Did you know that Cynthia Ozick has written a novel set in a Jewish day school?
On the Jewish flavor of the works of Maurice Sendak.
Summer internship opportunity (albeit unpaid) with the Jewish Book Council.
And a job announcement from the Forward, which is looking for an Arts & Culture Editor.
Finally, a personal note: This week marked the 30th anniversary of my becoming a Bat Mitzvah. The secular and Hebrew calendars seem to be aligned, because this week’s Torah portion, Parashat Emor, was mine. Last year, New Vilna Review published “Emor,” a poem inspired by my attendance at a more recent May Bat Mitzvah ceremony.
Mid-month brings the Jewish Book Carnival.
This month’s carnival is hosted over on Ann D. Koffsky’s blog and features contributions from several wonderful bloggers, including a number of posts on books for children.
Please go take a look, and enjoy.
P.S. For some reason, when I try commenting on other people’s WP sites/blogs (as for the Carnival), the comments don’t “take.” Anyone have any idea why that might be happening?