Pre-Shabbat Jewish Literary Links

The words "Jewish Lit Links" are printed over what appears to be a portion of a Torah scroll.

  • If you haven’t caught the latest (November) Jewish Book Carnival yet, you’ll find it on Yael Shahar’s blog. And next month, I’ll be hosting the Carnival’s December iteration right here on My Machberet. If you’re someone who blogs about Jewish books, you can find out more about the project (along with info on how to participate in December’s Carnival) on the website of the Association of Jewish Libraries.
  • Mazal tov to Michael David Lukas, latest winner of the Harold U. Ribalow Award from Hadassah magazine for his novel The Last Watchman of Old Cairo.
  • My friend Sarah Abrevaya Stein’s latest book, Family Papers, was the subject of a new Q&A with Deborah Kalb this week. As Sarah explains, “Family Papers is an Ottoman story, a Jewish story, a Mediterranean story, and a story of single, globally-branching family diaspora.” Find out more.
  • Cora Wilburn’s Cosella Wayne has been on my mind for months. But I still haven’t managed to read it. Which makes me especially grateful for this in-depth preview from Penny Schwartz/JTA.
  • Finally: Jonathan Kirsch’s Jewish Journal review of my new book made me cry. Even if you don’t end up reading the book, if you read this review—dayenu.

Shabbat shalom.