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Pre-Shabbat Jewish Literary Links

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

  • The May Jewish Book Carnival went live this week. It’s a great one.
  • Over on the Fig Tree Books blog, we took note of Herman Wouk’s approaching 100th birthday.
  • Congregation B’nai Israel in Rumson, N.J., is looking for a part-time librarian/library coordinator.
  • The American Jewish Congress is advertising for a Social Media Coordinator to work from its New York City offices.
  • New Jersey Jewish News features a Q&A with Letty Cottin Pogrebin on the occasion of her new novel’s publication.
  • Shabbat shalom, and have a joyous Shavuot.

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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 latest newsletter from Fig Tree Books features the final pre-publication giveaway for Jessamyn Hope’s debut novel Safekeeping, and lots more JLit info.
  • Wonderful profile in The Jewish Week of Ayelet Tsabari and her mission to tell Mizrahi stories.
  • In the new Brevity magazine: “Heathen, Slave, Woman”—a powerful short excerpt from Judy Bolton-Fasman’s recently completed memoir.
  • “Kveller.com is seeking a full-time editorial assistant to join our New York-based team.”
  • And to conclude: Torah limericks.
  • Shabbat shalom.

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    Pre-Shabbat Jewish Lit 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.

  • Job alert: Jew in the City is hiring an Editor/Manager of Marketing and Operations.
  • Lovely Forward essay by Joshua Braff on his road to becoming a writer — and his Jewish grandmother’s reactions along the way.
  • In The Jewish Week, Sandee Brawarsky explores the “growing literary genre of ex-Orthodox testing traditional narrative of insular communities.”
  • The New Jersey Jewish News recaps April’s “Frames: Jewish Culture and the Comic Book,” a two-day conference at Princeton University.
  • Next week brings the official publication of Jonathan Papernick’s The Book of Stone (Fig Tree Books). As a member of the FTB team, I was happy to see that this week brought a highly enthusiastic (and highly comprehensive) review on the Jewish Book Council’s website.
  • 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 MUCH has been happening over at Fig Tree Books (my employer). Check out our latest newsletter.
  • I was delighted to receive the latest issue of Lilith magazine in the mail this week and especially impressed by Elizabeth Edelglass’s short story within it.
  • This week, Tablet magazine presented original fiction by Maxim Shrayer: “A Genius in the Attic: Secrets of a Cape Cod Dacha.”
  • Love this piece by Ruth Wisse, occasioned by the publication of a new biography of Saul Bellow. (ht Mosaic Magazine)
  • The Jewish Book Council is hiring a program assistant.
  • Shabbat shalom!

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    Pre-Shabbat (and Pre-Pesach) Jewish Lit 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.

  • Truly one of the most exciting news items that crossed my screen this week: Kevin Haworth’s announcement regarding his contract to write a book on Israeli comics artist Rutu Modan.
  • The week also brought a new issue of JewishFiction.Net, featuring work by Isaac Babel, Thane Rosenbaum, Rebecca Klempner, and many others.
  • Now that I’ve finished reading one Jewishly-inflected poetry collection (Lesléa Newman’s I Carry My Mother), it’s time to begin another one: Jehanne Dubrow’s The Arranged Marriage, reviewed this week by Judy Bolton-Fasman for The Forward‘s “The Sisterhood” blog.
  • Over on the Fig Tree Books website, Dinah Fay has contributed a new discussion of Amy Bloom’s Away.
  • “TC Jewfolk is seeking a highly motivated self-starter with experience and passion for blogging, managing writers, and community journalism to be the Editor for TC Jewfolk. This role is a paid, part-time position, with great flexibility. The primary office for this position is located at the Sabes JCC in St. Louis Park, MN.
  • Shabbat Shalom, and Chag Pesach Sameach!

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    Pre-Hiatus Jewish Lit 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. Yes, I know it’s not Friday. But I won’t be able to post then, as I’ll be on a brief “off-the-grid” hiatus. So here are the links, just a bit early. See you again next week!

  • Last Thursday I attended the National Book Critics Circle (NBCC) awards ceremony. I was happy to see that The Essential Ellen Willis won in the Criticism category. I read that book after I discovered “Is There Still a Jewish Question? Why I’m an Anti-Anti-Zionist,” a truly “essential” essay. (Also taking top honors at the NBCC ceremony: Roz Chast’s Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? – one of my favorite reads of 2014.)
  • The March Jewish Book Carnival was posted on Sunday. Always worth reading.
  • UK-based Jewish Quarterly is hiring paid interns in journalism and in social media.
  • Also worthwhile: a cyber-roundtable with Jewish-fiction editors Yona Zeldis McDonough, Nora Gold, and Michelle Caplan (my colleague!), hosted by Barbara Krasner.
  • On the Fig Tree Books website, Rebekah Bergman reviews Lynne Sharon Schwartz’s Leaving Brooklyn.
  • And speaking of Fig Tree Books–last, but definitely not least: the March newsletter, with info on three ongoing giveaways of titles of Jewish interest and a whole lot more.
  • Shabbat shalom–and see you next week!

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