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Pre-Shabbat Jewish Literary Links

Photo Credit: Reut Miryam Cohen

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

  • Coming in March, in Boston: an evening seminar on Writing About Religion, taught by Linda K. Wertheimer at GrubStreet.
  • Mazal tov to the 2015 Sydney Taylor Book Awards winners and honorees.
  • On the Moment magazine blog, Nomi Eve and Stephanie Feldman discuss “Why We Write Jewish Historical Fiction.”
  • There’s always something thought-provoking on the Hevria site. This week, I was especially moved by Chaya Lester’s “The Laryngitis of Jewish Women.”
  • And last–but not least!–the January edition of the Fig Tree Books newsletter. Complete with giveaway info for three upcoming novels of Jewish interest.
  • 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.

  • Over on The Whole Megillah, you’ll find the latest Jewish Book Carnival–news, reviews & interviews galore.
  • In which Abe Mezrich argues that the late Robert Stone was “one of the greatest non-Jewish Jewish writers.”
  • Beyond “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” Gabe Friedman summarizes the raising of the profile of author Stefan Zweig.
  • On Hevria, Chaya Lester offers “Welcome, Paris. With Love, From Jerusalem.”
  • And a France-related post of my own–including some specifically French-Jewish content–on my other blog.
  • 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.

  • I was profoundly moved by Marc Kaminsky’s “First Cousins—A Visit to Israel in Verse” when I read it in Jewish Currents, and I’m so glad that it’s now available online.
  • “Israel Has An Amazing Literary Diaspora,” and Beth Kissileff reports on it for The Tower.
  • A short story that appeared in Lilith more than a decade ago is now part of Miryam Sivan’s Snafus and Other Stories. Lilith‘s fiction editor asks the author a few questions.
  • Speaking of fiction–this week brought a new story by Michael Chabon on Tablet.
  • And it has been a busy week at Fig Tree Books, the Jewish fiction-focused publishing company I work for. Among the highlights–the launch of our redesigned website. Please take a look; if you haven’t yet signed up for the FTB newsletter, please subscribe!
  • Shabbat shalom.

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    My Year in Jewish Books

    StarFor the past three years, I’ve found it useful (and kind of fun) to look back on “my year in Jewish books.” So, borrowing some of the same introductory wording, I’m going to attempt to do something similar for 2014.

    Reviewing my reading for 2014 (thank you, Goodreads!), I can see that I do not and would not ever limit my reading to “Jewish books” exclusively; it seems that this list comprises about half of the titles I read this year in toto. (By the way, in case you haven’t heard me say this before, I define “Jewish books” in the simplest terms as books with substantive Jewish content. In my view, non-Jewish authors can write “Jewish books.” And Jewish authors can write books that don’t strike me as overtly Jewish.)

    But this year, as usual, I did read quite a few books that fall within the “Jewish book” category. And, as an advocate for Jewish literature, I’m proud of that.

    Below, you will find these books presented in the order in which I read them (most recent first, this year). Please note that, where appropriate, I have included links to reviews, essays, and newsy items I have written; interviews I have conducted; “Sunday Sentence” citations; and the odd blog post. I have also disclosed how I obtained each book: P (purchase), R (complimentary review copy), L (library). This year, I’m adding a category: FTB, for books I’ve read in manuscript prior to their release from Fig Tree Books in my job as FTB media editor. 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.

  • Upon the passing of Coffee House Press founder Allan Kornblum, Allan Appel reflects on Kornblum “and the Jewish Question.”
  • Another worthy essay from Nina Badzin, this time on “an unexpected improvement” to her marriage.
  • I’ve just finished reading Assaf Gavron’s The Hilltop (trans. Steven Cohen). Dan Friedman’s review sums up the novel nicely.
  • And I’ve just purchased this book, which, as you’ll see will be the focus of a forthcoming event at Hebrew Union College in NYC.
  • Tablet magazine is hiring two paid, part-time editorial interns.
  • Shabbat shalom.

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    Pre-Shabbat Jewish Literary Links

    Photo Credit: Reut Miryam Cohen

    Photo Credit: Reut Miryam Cohen

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

  • Not for the first time, I’m pointing you to an extraordinary piece by Kevin Haworth. This time: “On Never Having Read Anne Frank”.
  • From Mosaic magazine: the inimitable Ruth Wisse writes about Nora Gold’s Fields of Exile: “I am grateful for a work of fiction that honestly animates what is all too actual and true.”
  • New award for fiction on Jewish themes: the Amy Levy Prize.
  • On the Well Versed blog: the latest about Granta Israel.
  • And another milestone for Fig Tree Books!
  • Shabbat shalom.

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