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From My Bookshelf: Writings by Suzanne Reisman

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Technically, these aren’t writings from my bookshelf. I’ve read them on a screen.

And technically, they aren’t books. Not yet anyway.

They are writings by Suzanne Reisman about her grandparents. And they are well worth your time. 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.

  • 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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    Words of the Week

    I am nearly fifty years old, and for American Jews of my generation, my grandpa’s story is both an ordinary one—for it was mirrored in the experiences of grandparents of many of American Jews who grew up in the safety of ’60s and ’70s America—and an extraordinary one, because it described a lost world that took on mythic proportions in my imagination, of a life filled with danger and split-second decisions that could mean living or dying.

    Source: Howard Lovy, “I Will Not Join in the Snooty Trashing of Self-Published Books; Here’s Why” (Foreword Reviews blog)

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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.

  • Looking forward to settling in with the latest issue of JewishFiction.Net.
  • Thrilled to see both fall releases from Fig Tree Books (plus a lot of other great titles) featured in the seasonal books preview from The Jewish Week.
  • Loved Alexandra Zapruder’s essay, “Beyond Anne Frank,” about Zapruder’s experiences with her book Salvaged Pages: Young Writers’ Diaries of the Holocaust, now out in a new edition.
  • I went on a bit of a book-buying spree this week. One purchase resulted from reading this article in Haaretz.
  • Finally: Mazal tov to Sharon Hart-Green, translator and editor, on the publication of Bridging the Divide: The Selected Poems of Hava Pinhas-Cohen.
  • 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.

  • Early in the week, I was pleased to read a new article by my friend Judy Bolton-Fasman on “recent ex-Hasid memoirs.”
  • At the same time, later in the week, I appreciated Andrew Silow-Caroll’s nuanced thoughts about the collective interest in this sort of writing by ex-Orthodox Jews.
  • The Washington DCJCC is looking for a Temporary Jewish Literature Festival Manager.
  • Touching story about a Holocaust Survivors Memoir Writing Workshop, via jweekly.
  • Finally, something I wrote for the Fig Tree Books blog this week.
  • 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.

  • “It is my deepest wish that I have honoured those who were lost – including my grandfather – with this novel.” Suzanne Reisman explains what having her novel manuscript longlisted for the Bath Novel Award means to her.
  • This week brought the June Jewish Book Carnival, hosted by Life Is Like a Library.
  • Israeli author Etgar Keret is making the rounds promoting his new book, a memoir. Listen to his interview with Terry Gross.
  • Over on the Fig Tree Books blog, I introduce a new review of work by author Gerald Green (1922-2006).
  • And also Fig Tree-related: Enter this Goodreads giveaway for the next FTB title, Ben Nadler’s The Sea Beach Line.
  • Shabbat Shalom.

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