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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.

  • This week brought the August edition of the Jewish Book Carnival, “a monthly event where bloggers who blog about Jewish books can meet, read and comment on each others’ posts.”
  • On my tbr list: Lara Vapnyar’s latest novel, Still Here. (See Adam Kirsch in Tablet for an preview.)
  • On Hevria: “Exile and Redemption,” a beautiful poem by Rachel Kann.
  • Someday, I am truly going to learn Hebrew. Annette Gendler’s experience is an inspiration.
  • Also inspiring: a Canadian Jewish News article about a book-publishing program for young campers with special needs.
  • 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.

  • Want some free copies of Lilith magazine? Check out this offer.
  • Jewish Journal‘s latest poem: “Miriam Lives in Apt. 2C,” by Sivan Butler-Rotholz.
  • Jewcy wants to know: “What Was Your First Experience With Anti-Semitism?”
  • PSA: Guess what’s up on Goodreads??? Put Abigail Pogrebin’s ‪My Jewish Year on your “want-to-read” shelf, and you should be notified as soon as the giveaways commence.
  • And I enjoyed this Chabad.org video that runs through “101 Authors Who Didn’t Write the Bible.”
  • 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.

  • See what you think of this Book Riot list of “100 Must-Read Works of Jewish Fiction” (we at Fig Tree Books are pretty happy with #28).
  • Speaking of Jewish fiction: Avital Chizik-Goldschmidt’s “A Holy Fool,” on Tablet, is well worth your time.
  • A new issue of Lilith magazine is now available.
  • From the world of young-adult lit: “11 YA Authors Discuss the Role of Faith in Their Lives,” on the BNTeen blog (and offer some reading recommendations).
  • And an extra-hearty Mazal Tov for everyone recognized by the American Jewish Press Association’s latest Rockower Awards.
  • 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.

  • Summer reading recommendations, collected by Rabbi Ruth Abusch-Magder from other rabbis. (I’ll admit that our team at Fig Tree Books is very happy to see Jessamyn Hope’s Safekeeping featured within.
  • Another list of recommended Summer Reads comes from the Detroit Jewish News. (Here, too, a Fig Tree title—this time, our-reissue of Edward Lewis Wallant’s The Pawnbroker—made the cut.)
  • Yes, there’s an emphasis on Fig Tree Books in this post! I can’t keep myself from mentioning the latest issue of the FTB newsletter. It contains several goodies, including a “cover reveal” for Abigail Pogrebin’s forthcoming My Jewish Year: 18 Holidays, One Wondering Jew, and the happy news of an award for Ben Nadler’s The Sea Beach Line.
  • Just realized that I neglected to share the June Jewish Book Carnival in last week’s post; it’s hosted this month by The Whole Megillah.
  • “Of Cynthia Ozick Q & As there can surely never be enough, so after I just mentioned one it’s still good to see yet another, by Eric Farwell: A Story Made Purely of Feeling: The Millions Interviews Cynthia Ozick.” Amen, M.A. Orthofer. (I’ll be cross-posting this one on Practicing Writing.)
  • I’m heading out to a family Bar Mitzvah on the West Coast and will be away from the computer for a bit. Please excuse any delays in responding to comments. And 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.

  • Terrific profile of Cynthia Ozick—whose 18th book is about to be published—in The New York Times Magazine.
  • A beautiful essay “on what a dying language leaves behind” (the dying language in this case being Ladino), by Rachel Hall. (Bonus: a radio broadcast in which Rachel discusses her forthcoming book of short fiction.)
  • Reminder: The June 30 deadline for Moment magazine’s editorial fellowship is approaching.
  • In this week’s mail: the latest issue of the Jewish Review of Books (some content can be accessed online).
  • And for those of us who missed the latest conference of the Association of Jewish Libraries, the #AJLCon16 hashtag provides some highlights.
  • Shabbat shalom, all!

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