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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.

  • “Amy Gottlieb’s debut novel, ‘The Beautiful Possible’ (Harper), is one of the most Jewish of stories, if one considers novelist Rebecca Goldstein’s definition of a Jewish book as one in which Judaism matters on the page. In a style that feels natural, Gottlieb weaves Jewish wisdom, texts and storytelling into narrative and dialogue; many sentences have the cadences of prayer.” So begins Sandee Brawarsky’s marvelous review for The Jewish Week.
  • And I keep singing the praises of Rachel Hall’s magnificent new collection of linked stories, Heirlooms, which is the subject of this highly informative Q&A with Deborah Kalb.
  • Happening next month in North Carolina: “Faith in Literature: A Festival of Contemporary Writers of the Spirit.” It looks a-m-a-z-i-n-g. Lucky attendees!
  • ICYMI: My wonderful colleague Michelle Caplan, Editor-in-Chief for Fig Tree Books, will be attending the upcoming BinderCon in New York. Here’s some information about her–and the kind of work that she’s seeking to acquire–that may be helpful to anyone with a manuscript on American Jewish experience.
  • And we’ll close with a weekend-reading recommendation: the latest issue of JewishFiction.Net.
  • 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 excellent work on Hevria this week, including “How the Rebbe Inspired Me to Be a Writer”; “Orthodox Writers, Meet Your Role Model”; and “Mermaid Esther: An Astonishing Fire.”
  • Montreal has a new mural–honoring Mordecai Richler.
  • A follow-up to Moment magazine’s recent list of Jewish podcasts—this time featuring readers’ recommendations.
  • If video is more your thing, check out the Forward‘s list of 10 Jewish movies you can stream for free (the Forward is calling them “overlooked,” but I’m not sure that’s always the case).
  • From the revelation that it took him about two years to really inhabit the protagonist of To the End of the Land to a reflection on how each of his books has been necessary to the writing of those that have followed, David Grossman shared a multiplicity of quiet insights—personal, professional, and political—during his recent appearance at the JCC Manhattan.
  • Shabbat Shalom.

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    Words of the Week

    Ah, when a pro-BDS* academic reviews Jonathan Safran Foer’s new novel for a literary website! Such…interesting…historical/political perspectives can result.

    As it happens, the site posted another review of the same title on the same day—this one, by an author who actually focused on the book. Imagine that.

    (*I don’t want to link to evidence about the reviewer’s pro-boycott position, because I don’t need the nuisance of a pingback. But you don’t really need me to do it: Google is our friend, friends.)

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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.

  • News about the next annual conference of the Association of Jewish Libraries.
  • Enjoyed learning about the Jewish Arts Collaborative via Jewish Boston’s podcast this week.
  • Good news for Limmud fans–a North American hub is in the works.
  • Northwestern University Press is looking for an acquisitions editor: “Areas of acquisition include, with some flexibility, philosophy, literary criticism, Jewish studies, and regional trade.”
  • And over on the Fig Tree Books blog, I’ve provided a new installment in a series spotlighting past winners of the Edward Lewis Wallant Award.
  • 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.

  • People are talking about The Secret Book of Kings, the fifth of Yochi Brandes’s six novels, which is now available in English translation (by Yardenne Greenspan). Check out Israel in Translation’s spotlight.
  • TBR: special section in the new issue of Words Without Borders on Yiddish literature (curated and introduced by Sebastian Schulman).
  • My bookshelves will never forgive (or even accommodate) me if I bring in piles of new tomes, but if YOU have space for more books—and can spare the $25 for admission—check out the upcoming “Raid the Shelves” event hosted by the Jewish Book Council here in New York (and let me know what you bring home!).
  • Among this week’s many tribute to the late, great Gene Wilder, I recommend Tablet magazine’s re-publication of Abigail Pogrebin’s profile.
  • And be sure to check out the latest newsletter from Fig Tree Books, publishing the best fiction and nonfiction on American Jewish experience.
  • 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.

  • “My Grandfather, the French Resistance Fighter”—another stunner of an essay by my friend Rachel Hall, ahead of the publication of her book Heirlooms.
  • Haaretz has its fans and its detractors–and was the subject of this instructive segment on last week’s episode of “The Promised Podcast.”
  • “New Voices — the only national magazine written by and for Jewish college students — is looking to hire for the full-time position of editor-in-chief.”
  • Via Reboot, a new batch of Six-Word Jewish Memoirs (with a focus on Jewish leadership).
  • Finally, there are a number of Jewish-lit items in my own “midweek update” over on the Practicing Writing blog.
  • Shabbat shalom, everyone.

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