Pre-Shabbat Jewish Literary Links

The words "Jewish Lit Links" are printed over what appears to be a portion of a Torah scroll.
Every Friday, the My Machberet blog presents an array of Jewish-interest links, primarily of the literary variety.

  • If you haven’t yet caught Taffy Brodesser-Akner’s beautiful piece about her first foray to Fiddler on the Roof (in the form of the magnificent Yiddish production here in New York that I have had the great good fortune to attend, too), please go and read it now. The rest of this post will be here when you return.
  • A hearty mazal tov to Bari Weiss, who has recently signed a two-book deal; the first book, How to Fight Anti-Semitism, will be out in September (and yes, I have pre-ordered it).
  • “Not Just Russians, Not Just Jews: On New Works by Irina Reyn, Boris Fishman, and David Bezmozgis”—a review-essay by Maggie Levantovskaya and Sasha Senderovich for Los Angeles Review of Books.
  • “Françoise Frenkel’s rediscovered Holocaust memoir No Place to Lay One’s Head [translated by Stephanie Smee] won the £4,000 (about $5,300) JQ Wingate Literary Prize, which is ‘awarded to the best book, fiction or nonfiction, to translate the idea of Jewishness to the general reader.'” Read more from Shelf Awareness.
  • Finally, the current (March) issue of The Practicing Writer newsletter features a short article on Jacob Dinezon (1851-1919), “literary citizen” extraordinaire.
  • Shabbat shalom.