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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.

  • Another gem from Rebecca Klempner: “10 Ways to Use Your Writing to Add More Lovingkindness to the World.”
  • On my tbr list: Elliot Jager’s The Pater: My Father, My Judaism, My Childlessness, spotlighted recently by Varda Epstein.
  • Meet Aaron Samuels: “young, poetic and black—and Jewish.” (Talya Zax for The Forward)
  • A hearty mazal tov to Lilith magazine’s editor-in-chief Susan Weidman Schneider, who will receive a major award at Brandeis University (her alma mater) this weekend.
  • And if you haven’t seen them yet, here are some photos that I took at the Sunday launch of Ben Nadler’s The Sea Beach Line (Fig Tree Books) at BookCourt in Brooklyn.
  • Shabbat shalom.

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    Words of the Week, II

    A second “helping” of Words of the Week because I haven’t been able to forget this passage since reading it—a section in Ben Marcus’s “Cold Little Bird,” a short story in last week’s issue of The New Yorker.

    Maybe current events have something to do with that.

     

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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.

  • Mazal tov to Molly Antopol, winner of the 2015 Harold U. Ribalow Prize for Jewish fiction for The UnAmericans. (We asked Molly some questions about one of the stories in the book way back when.)
  • On my weekend viewing agenda: a video of Israeli author David Grossman’s recent lecture at Harvard University.
  • Chabad Lubavitch International (Brooklyn) is advertising for a Writer/Editor’s Assistant.
  • Looking for a slew of news, reviews, and interviews from the world of Jewish books? See the latest Jewish Book Carnival, hosted for October by Fig Tree Books.
  • Speaking of Fig Tree Books, it’s not too late to celebrate this week’s launch of Ben Nadler’s The Sea Beach Line.
  • Shabbat shalom.

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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.

  • In the latest New Yorker fiction podcast, Allan Gurganus reads and discusses (with Deborah Treisman) Grace Paley’s “My Father Addresses Me on the Facts of Old Age,” from a 2002 issue of the magazine.
  • “Seven Jewish Authors Get Personal About Anti-Semitism.” A roundtable from We Need Diverse Books.
  • Looking forward to reading through the new issue of Lilith magazine.
  • The Fig Tree Books blog takes note of the 20th anniversary of the passing of Henry Roth, author of the classic Call It Sleep.
  • You’ve never read a Sukkot poem like Chaya Lester’s “In Honor of the Murdered…and Their Orphans,” a response to recent events in Israel, on Hevria.
  • May it be a Shabbat Shalom for all.

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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.

  • Presenting this month’s Jewish Book Carnival–hosted by the Jewish Book Council.
  • On the Fig Tree Books blog: a stroll down literary-memory lane (and a re-assessment of Philip Roth’s The Plot Against America).
  • Jewish Currents has announced the theme for the Fourth Annual Raynes Poetry Competition: “Urge.” NB: This competition charges an entry fee of $18, which includes a one-year subscription to the magazine.
  • Here’s hoping that Baba Joon, the next official Israeli selection for nomination as “Best Foreign Language Film” at the Oscars, makes it to U.S. distribution soon.
  • From Mosaic magazine: a review of Edward Alexander’s Jews Against Themselves, which is on my tbr list. It’s a thorough review but doesn’t quite contain any spoilers: I’d already sensed that this book won’t be happy read.
  • Shabbat shalom.

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