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From My Bookshelf: Poetry for Jewish Book Month

As you may already know, tomorrow brings the beginning of the 90th year of Jewish Book Month. And in anticipation, I’m sharing a few poetry titles that are on my tbr list.

But first, a quick look back on my latest read: Inspired by sample poems written by Dan Pagis (1930-1986) about the biblical characters Adam/Eve/Cain/Abel—poems distributed by instructor Amy Gottlieb in a class I’m taking at the Drisha Institute—I spent a chunk of last weekend reading Variable Directions, a full collection of Pagis’s work translated by Stephen Mitchell. And I’m very glad that I did.

Now that I’ve returned Variable Directions to the library, here are three additional poetry titles awaiting my attention.

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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.

  • Love this new #Readukkah project from the Association of Jewish Libraries.
  • This poem on Hevria by Dassi Leggett is one of the best things I’ve read this week. Make that one of the best things I’ve ever read.
  • While we’re on the topic of poems–one of mine was published on the Haaretz site this week. Background here.
  • Over on JTA, Victor Wishna shares “9 Best Jewish Books of the Season” (as part of the Fig Tree Books team, I’m thrilled to see both of our fall titles made the cut!).
  • And speaking of Fig Tree Books: Our latest newsletter went out yesterday. It’s never too late to subscribe!
  • 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.

  • 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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