Midweek Notes from a Practicing Writer

heirloomsHeirlooms Has Arrived!

One of this week’s highlights: the arrival of my pre-ordered copy of Heirlooms, the debut collection of linked stories by my friend Rachel Hall. This is a gorgeous book (yes, go ahead and judge this one by its cover!).

You’ll discover more about Heirlooms and its wonderful author in the October issue of The Practicing Writer, which should be going out in just a couple of days. (Rachel will be the featured Q&A participant.)

In the meantime, however, I recommend that you read this terrific interview, published on Saturday over on The Rumpus.


Speaking of Newsletters

As I’ve been finishing up the new issue of The Practicing Writer, I’ve also been working on the newsletter that I produce as part of my work for Fig Tree Books. And the one that went out this morning is a really good one.

This issue of the FTB newsletter is essentially devoted to Abigail Pogrebin’s My Jewish Year: 18 Holidays, One Wondering Jew. The book will be out in March—but it’s available for pre-order now (hint, hint!).

In the newsletter, you’ll find those pre-order links, plus excerpts from A.J. Jacobs’s excellent foreword and a sample chapter (perfectly timed for the imminent Rosh Hashanah holiday, which marks the beginning of the Jewish New Year).

Please take a few moments to read the newsletter. And if you’re not yet a subscriber, it’s never too late to join our mailing list! Thank you so much.


And One More Sneak Peek

This book is coming sooner than Abby’s: Its listed release date is September 30.

I’ve mentioned it before, mostly in keeping with the work associated with the essay-chapter that I’ve contributed.

It’s a very expensive book (and, fyi, I don’t receive any royalties). But maybe your school or library can order it.

In the meantime, Amazon will let you “look inside”–and get a glimpse of my essay.

2 thoughts on “Midweek Notes from a Practicing Writer

  1. Clive Collins says:

    Congratulations, Erika. I took a “look inside’ and found the view fascinating. I shall ask my university’s library to buy the book. I can’t say that they will, but I shall ask.

    1. Erika Dreifus says:

      Thank you so much, Clive! I am really looking forward to reading the other essays.

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