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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 brought the August edition of the Jewish Book Carnival, featuring news, reviews, and interviews from the world of Jewish books.
  • The week also brought this wonderful news: Marge Piercy has chosen my friend Rachel Hall’s gorgeous manuscript of linked short stories, Heirlooms, as winner of the BkMk Press/G.S. Sharat Chandra Prize for Short Fiction. Friends, you will love this book, and I’ll be telling you more about it as it continues its way toward publication.
  • Thanks to the Tikvah Fund, you can listen in on a recent conversation with Dara Horn on Jewish literature and life.
  • And thanks to our team at Fig Tree Books, you can enter a new giveaway to win an advance copy of Edward Lewis Wallant’s The Pawnbroker, featuring Dara’s extraordinary new foreword.
  • Speaking of Fig Tree Books, our August newsletter went out to subscribers this week.
  • Shabbat shalom to all

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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.

  • Over on Tablet, Adam Kirsch examines “where Jewish writers are finding [publishing] homes these days, and why.”
  • Speaking of Tablet: they’re looking for two paid, part-time fall editorial interns. (Don’t forget: Fig Tree Books is offering a paid internship as well.)
  • Spotlighting debut novels by Michelle Brafman and Diana Bletter, The Jewish Week‘s Sandee Brawarsky declares this to be “the summer of the chevra kadisha novel.”
  • I’ve followed poet Edward Hirsch’s work for many years; I read his book-length elegy for his son when it was published last year. So I appreciated this profile of Hirsch—and Gabriel—in the current issue of Moment magazine.
  • Finally, in the words of JTA/Suzanne Pollak, “In Jennifer Weiner’s hit novels, it’s a (Jewish) woman’s world.” (But many of you knew that already!)
  • 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.

  • Just received in the mail: the latest issue of Moment magazine. There’s so much here that I’m eager to read, including a profile of Edward Hirsch, “the poet laureate of grief,” and work by the latest young-reviewer-winners of the magazine’s “Publish-a-Kid” contest.
  • Nice press attention this week for our Fig Tree Books authors: a Forward interview with Jessamyn Hope, a blogger’s take on The Book of Stone for The Times of Israel, and the first review of Ben Nadler’s forthcoming The Sea Beach Line.
  • New this week: Unorthodox, a podcast from Tablet (and Slate’s Panoply network) hosted by editor-at-large Mark Oppenheimer and featuring senior writer Liel Leibovitz and deputy editor Stephanie Butnick. “Unorthodox is a smart, fresh, fun take on Jewish news and culture.” I listened to the inaugural episode; I was impressed!
  • Lisa Silverman’s “Good Summer Reads for Kids” article for Jewish Journal includes some great-sounding books.
  • Finally, over on the reBar project, I reveal the one way becoming a Bat Mitzvah might have been even more meaningful to me.
  • 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.

  • Hosted by Deborah Kalb, the latest Jewish Book Carnival was posted this week.
  • Quite an interesting piece by Beena Kamlani on editing Saul Bellow’s last novel.
  • As editor, I’m always pleased to share the latest issue of the Fig Tree Books newsletter. (Check out the giveaways now being offered!)
  • Unless you’ve been living under a rock of some kind, you’ve likely been reading and hearing a lot about Harper Lee this week. Notable in the discourse: Alexandra Levine’s piece on “Harper Lee’s Jewish Lessons,” for The Forward.
  • And the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles is advertising for a PJ Library Program Assistant.
  • Shabbat shalom.

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    The Association of Jewish Libraries Conference in Review

    As many of you know, last month I had the great pleasure of attending the annual conference of the Association of Jewish Libraries (AJL) for the first time. I was there in my capacity as Media Editor of Fig Tree Books; you may have even caught my account of one of the conference sessions, a panel on book-reviewing, over on the Fig Tree blog.

    Indeed, I did sneak out to a few of the many wonderful sessions. But I remained based primarily at the table where Fig Tree books, galleys, and flyers were displayed.

    So I’m especially happy to see that the AJL has very generously assembled a set of conference proceedings. Continue reading ›

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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.

    • 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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