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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.

  • “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.

  • 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.

  • If summer’s coming, so is the Scribblers on the Roof reading series at Ansche Chesed on New York’s Upper West Side. There’s another great line-up this year, kicking off with authors Ben Nadler (The Sea Beach Line) and Amy Gottlieb (The Beautiful Possible) on June 27.
  • Speaking of summer and books—check out this #JewishSummerReading challenge, organized by the Association of Jewish Libraries.
  • “Jewish History,” a memorable selection from Australian-born Abigail Ulman’s new story collection (Hot Little Hands), appeared on Literary Hub this week.
  • And “Imprints,” a poem by Janet Kirchheimer, appeared with Bearings Online.
  • “The Forward seeks an aspiring journalist, opinion writer or blogger for a paid fellowship on its opinion team.”
  • 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. 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.

  • How I wish that I could attend the Tenth Memorial International Creative Writing Conference of the Shaindy Rudoff Creative Writing Graduate Program at Bar-Ilan University in Israel. It’s happening May 29-31.
  • This week brought new issues from both Lilith magazine and JewishFiction.net. So much good stuff tbr!
  • The week also brought publication of a poem of mine, “Black Sheep in the World to Come,” on Hevria.
  • And also freshly published: the latest newsletter from Fig Tree Books, edited by yours truly.
  • Finally, as we approach both Passover and, in a little while, Yom HaShoah, I’m grateful to my friend Suzanne Reisman for sharing this piece of hers.
  • Shabbat shalom, and have a meaningful Pesach.

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