Each week as Shabbat approaches, the My Machberet blog presents an array of Jewish-interest links, primarily of the literary variety.
- Just ahead of the Holy Days, there’s a new issue of JewishFiction.net online, featuring “18 fabulous works of fiction, originally written in English, Hebrew, and Yiddish.”
- High holiday poems by Maia Evrona (via Jewish Women Amplified).
- The Association of Jewish Libraries administers the Sydney Taylor Manuscript Award, a prize of $1,000 “that will be given for the best fiction manuscript appropriate for readers ages 8-13, written by an unpublished author. Unpublished is defined as not having published any works of fiction for young readers. This includes self-published as well as commercially published work. The book must be a work of fiction in English with universal appeal of Jewish content for readers aged 8 to 13 years, both Jewish and non-Jewish. It should reveal positive aspects of Jewish life. Short stories are not acceptable.” NB: The deadline, previously September 30, has been extended to October 6.
- I was reminded this week that my friend Joe Kraus has a new book out:
The Kosher Capones: A History of Chicago’s Jewish Gangsters.
- And over on Hevria, there’s a beautiful essay about Shabbat observance by Adrienne Ross Scanlan.
Shabbat shalom and shanah tovah!