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.

  • 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.”
  • Mazal tov to the latest Sydney Taylor Book Award honorees recognized by the Association of Jewish Libraries. “Named in memory of Sydney Taylor, author of the classic All-of-a-Kind Family series, the award recognizes books for children and teens that exemplify high literary standards while authentically portraying the Jewish experience.”
  • More awards news: The 2016 National Jewish Book Awards have been announced. Mazal tov to all of these honorees, too.
  • 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.
  • And over at my day job with Fig Tree Books, we’ve had our hands happily filled with some wonderful pre-publication reviews of Abigail Pogrebin’s My Jewish Year.
  • Shabbat shalom, everyone.