Midweek Notes from a Practicing Writer

Three quick things.

1. ICYMI when it appeared yesterday on my other blog—some details about the course that I’ll be teaching very soon on “21st-Century Jewish Literature.”

Covers of a few texts on my course syllabus: Lucette Lagnado's THE MAN IN THE WHITE SHARKSKIN SUIT; Philip Roth's THE PLOT AGAINST AMERICA; Yossi Klein Halevi's LETTERS TO MY PALESTINIAN NEIGHBOR.

2. Speaking of current Jewish literature—over the past few days I’ve been sending out a number of electronic review copies of Birthright to editors and reviewers who have been kind enough to demonstrate interest in it. (As a reminder, Birthright is my next book—and first poetry collection—and it will be officially out in the world on November 3.) If you would like to consider covering the book via review, interview, or related feature, please email me with a bit of background, and we’ll take it from there. Thank you!

Cover of "Birthright" with an accompanying bit of advance praise.

3. Meantime, we’re counting down to the much more imminent publication date (August 19) for one of my PR projects, The Question Is “Why?” Stanford M. Adelstein, a Jewish Life in South Dakota, by Eric Steven Zimmer. The first launch event will happen on Saturday in Rapid City, South Dakota. (I’ll be there in spirit!)

Book cover and illustration for THE QUESTION IS "WHY?"

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