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Jewish Literary Links for Shabbat

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

  • Publishers Weekly has given a starred review to Jason K. Friedman’s short-story collection, Fire Year, which won the Sarabande Press Mary McCarthy Prize for Short Fiction. Here’s the review’s first line: “These seven funny, fearless outsiders’ tales set in Savannah and Atlanta—some depicting bygone orthodox Jewish communities, others the rife-with-irony “New South”—gravitate toward taboo.” The book will be published in November. (h/t Racelle Rosett)
  • Over on Tablet, Marjorie Ingall recommends three Jewish biographies (ostensibly for children) that “are so unabashedly fabulous, such a perfect blend of writing and art, so good at explaining complicated subjects, so inspiring without being sappy, you need to stop what you’re doing and buy them all right now.”
  • An exemplary “negative review”Michael Berenbaum’s sage and sensitive analysis of BDS advocate Alice Walker’s latest book. (On a related note: my reaction to the news that the University of Michigan’s Center for the Education of Women had rescinded an invitation for Walker to address its 50th-anniversary celebration gathering.)
  • On Bloomberg.com, Manuela Hoelterhoff takes readers through what Laurie Muchnick calls “surprising tour of novels and memoirs about the Nazi period.”
  • The Forward‘s “The Sisterhood” blog is asking readers for brief submissions (up to 200 words) to include in a larger package on the role of Jewish women in mourning. Submission deadline is August 28. Details and submission form provided here. (NB: This is a nonpaying opportunity.)
  • Shabbat shalom.

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    Jewish Literary Links for Shabbat

    Photo Credit: Reut Miryam Cohen


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

  • Over on The Whole Megillah, Barbara Krasner hosts the July Jewish Book Carnival.
  • Congregational librarian Ellen Tilman reports back from the Association of Jewish Libraries (AJL) annual conference.
  • Rebecca Klempner wants to discuss which books are really “the best books for Jewish kids.”
  • A timely reminder of the ship known as the Exodus–and the Leon Uris novel of the same title.
  • A part-time job is available with the Westchester (N.Y.) Jewish Film Festival.
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    Jewish Literary Links for Shabbat

    Photo Credit: Reut Miryam Cohen

    Every Friday morning My Machberet presents an assortment of links, primarily of the literary variety.

  • In a smart blog post (does she write anything that isn’t smart?) sparked by a current Kveller series, Rebecca Klempner asks readers to share book/magazine suggestions for enhancing the “G-d Talk” with kids. (She also offers a few suggestions of her own.)
  • A lovely poem by David Y.B. Kaufmann, “Walking to Shul.”
  • People are talking (well, blogging & tweeting, anyway) about Michael Wex’s new project: an indiegogo campaign to fund “a translation of Joseph Opatoshu’s unbelievably great Yiddish novel, In the Forests of Poland, into an English as compulsively readable as the original.”
  • “The Hadassah-Brandeis Institute (HBI) at Brandeis University is looking for a Communications Coordinator. The person supports the communications efforts of the HBI and 614 eZine websites; creating and executing the e-mail campaigns; improving social media visibility; event promotion and outreach; analyzing web traffic and trends; and developing online partnerships.”
  • And on a more personal note: I hope that you’ll take a few moments to read my sister’s first essay/post for The Jewish Week‘s New Normal blog.
  • Shabbat shalom.

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    Writing Contest for High School Students Celebrates Jewish-American Heritage Month

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    Writing Contest for High School Students Celebrates Jewish-American Heritage Month

    (New York, March 29, 2013)–To celebrate May’s Jewish-American Heritage Month, high school students are invited to compete in a writing contest to honor Jewish contributions to American culture. Entrants will prepare an essay on the topic: “Which Jewish-American Do You Most Admire?” The winner will receive a grand prize of $180 and the runner-up will receive $100. In addition, both winning essays will be published on www.freshinkforteens.com, printed in The Jewish Week, and archived on the Jewish-American Hall of Fame website www.amuseum.org/jahf. The winners’ schools will also be acknowledged, and both students will receive a Jewish-American Hall of Fame medal. Continue reading ›

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    Jewish Literary Links for Shabbat

    Photo Credit: Reut Miryam Cohen

    Every Friday morning My Machberet presents an assortment of links, primarily of the literary variety.

  • Tempting conference coming up at Princeton University on Sunday, April 7: “American Jewish Culture: ‘Fresh Vitality in Every Direction.'” Including literary directions.
  • If you aspire to write Jewish-themed children’s books, you may want to look into this workshop, scheduled for June at the Highlights Foundation in Honesdale, Penn.
  • The Ilanot Review seeks “hybrid literary texts” for its next issue. Deadline: April 30.
  • New to me this week: TheTower.org, which “features reporting and analysis of geopolitical, security, economic, social and other events and trends affecting the Middle East and America’s interests in the region.” (h/t @dg_myers)
  • Thanks to David Remnick, you may feel as though you, too, were able to attend Philip Roth’s 80th birthday party.
  • Shabbat shalom.

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    Jewish Literary Links for Shabbat

    Photo Credit: Reut Miryam Cohen

    Every Friday morning My Machberet presents an assortment of Jewish news, primarily of the literary variety, from around the Web.

  • A list of the latest children’s books to be translated from Hebrew to English. (via Makom)
  • I’m currently reading Michael Lavigne’s new novel, The Wanting, which The Forward reviewed this week.
  • Ellen Ullman’s sad and unsettling story, “Fathers,” is the latest installment in Tablet’s fiction series.
  • Ann D. Koffsky host the March Jewish Book Carnival.
  • My application to the Asylum International Jewish Artists Retreat was solicited last fall, but it wasn’t accepted. (Disappointed, I followed up with an email inquiry that was never answered.) But at least I’m able to get a glimpse into the event, which took place earlier this month, via Susan Reimer-Torn’s report for The Jewish Week.
  • Shabbat shalom!

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