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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. This week, many folks are already offline for the conclusion of Passover; I’m forging on nonetheless.

  • Deadline approaching (6pm, Pacific time, this evening) for Poetry Super Highway’s 18th annual Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) issue.
  • If you have the good luck to be in the environs of the Yiddish Book Center on Sunday, you can enjoy their Community Open House, which will feature “Is There Such a Thing as Jewish Literature?”—an address by Adam Kirsch.
  • “In ‘Pumpkinflowers: A Soldier’s Story’ Mr. [Matti] Friedman has written a top-notch account of [the First Lebanon War], persuasively arguing that it heralded a new style of combat in the Middle East, though no one knew it at the time.” A terrific review for a book I’m hoping to read very, very soon.”
  • LETTERS TO SALA, Arlene Hutton’s stirring drama about a New York family coming to grips with the sudden disclosure of its matriarch’s hidden Holocaust past will have two concert performances on May 15 at 12 P.M. and 3:30 P.M. at the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust.” I’ve seen the play, and I recommend it, highly.
  • And ICYMI, lots of #JewLit content in my latest “midweek notes” post 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.

  • So many #JewLit awards were announced this week. See the announcements from the American Library Association/Sophie Brody Medal committee, the National Jewish Book Awards, and the Sydney Taylor Book Awards. And MAZAL TOV to all of the honorees.
  • Among those awardees is Shulem Deen, who won a National Jewish Book Award for his memoir All Who Go Do Not Return. Last month, I had the opportunity to hear him give the keynote address at a Jewish Book Council conference. And now, the JBC has published his “Top 10 Rules for Memoir Writing.”
  • And if you’re looking for other writing lessons, especially with a Jewish flavor, you might want to take a look at what’s here on the Fig Tree Books blog.
  • Update from the Jewish Plays Project.
  • And let’s conclude with this culture alert: “13 Festivals in Israel to Get Excited for in 2016.”
  • Shabbat shalom.

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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.

  • A Sydney Review of Books reviewer calls Leah Kaminsky’s new novel “a powerful new addition to the canon of Australian Holocaust literature.”
  • Open for submissions: the 2016 Jewish Plays Project. Check out their latest newsletter.
  • And speaking of newsletters–here’s the latest one from Fig Tree Books. (edited by yours truly).
  • A lovely piece by Rabbi David Wolpe on his father’s–and others’–books.
  • Many congratulations to the winners of the 2015 Canadian Jewish Literary Awards (including Nora Gold, who discussed her award-winning Fields of Exile with me in this interview last year).
  • Shabbat shalom.

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    Pre-Shabbat Jewish Lit 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.

  • 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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    Pre-Shabbat Jewish Lit 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.

    • Via Kenyon Review Online: “Chapter 1,” a beautiful poem by Jessica Lieberman.
    • Author Gina Nahai and her husband, David Nahai, are featured in The Forward.
    • Interested in writing for Kveller? Listen to this.
    • Weekend reading: the new (summer 2015) issue of Lilith (though I’m tempted to wait until my print copy arrives).
    • The JCC of Greater New Haven [Connecticut] is looking to hire a PJ Library Programming Associate.

    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.

  • Steve Stern, on being “in search of the lost Jews of Memphis, Tennessee.” (h/t @AngloJewishLit) See also Alan Cheuse’s review of Stern’s newest novel.
  • Ongoing (until July 21): a Goodreads giveaway for Linda K. Wertheimer’s forthcoming book Faith Ed: Teaching About Religion in an Age of Intolerance.
  • Catch up with Fig Tree Books–now publishing fiction and memoir on American Jewish Experience–in the latest newsletter, which went out to subscribers yesterday.
  • Very much worth viewing: this week’s Jewish Women’s Archive book club session with Tova Mirvis.
  • And my weekend tbr list: new fiction by Sam Apple, courtesy of Tablet (apparently, it involves Philip Roth).
  • Shabbat shalom!

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