Every Friday My Machberet presents an array of Jewish-interest links, primarily of the literary variety.
Mark your calendars for an extraordinary event at the Museum of Jewish Heritage on January 29 (yes, it will be live-streamed): “An International Tribute to Elie Wiesel: A Community Reading of Night.” From the announcement: “Featuring Elisha Wiesel, Andre Aciman, Ambassador Dani Dayan – Consul General of Israel in New York, French Ambassador François Delattre, Tovah Feldshuh, Joel Grey, Sheldon Harnick, Jessica Hecht, Fanya Gottesfeld Heller, David Hyde Pierce, Bill T. Jones, Daniel and Nina Libeskind, Sheila Nevins, Itzhak Perlman, Ron Rifkin, Geraldo Rivera, Daryl Roth, Consul General of Germany Brita Wagener, Dr. Ruth Westheimer, and many others.”
Along with the National Jewish Book Awards information, the Jewish Book Council announced its new partnership with the Natan Fund to administer the Natan Award. This is a pre-publication award “open to non-fiction books that have an existing publishing contract with a recognized commercial publisher”; it is meant to support “a breakthrough book intended for mainstream audiences that will catalyze conversations around the issues that Natan grapples with in its grantmaking. These issues, broadly understood, are the reinvention of Jewish life and community for the 21st century; changing notions of individual and collective Jewish identity; and the evolving relationship between Israel and world Jewry.” There is no application fee, and the deadline for this cycle’s submissions is March 1.