Midweek Notes from a Practicing Writer

Three quick things.

From top left: exhibit poster for “Wanderlust: Your Favorite Travel Books”; in a display case, a copy of A MOVEABLE FEAST alongside my recommendation; BIRTHRIGHT: POEMS, surrounded by other newly published books on display.

1. A night at the library: Monday night I had the pleasure of attending the semiannual “Celebration of Member Writers” at the New York Society Library. (That’s my book of poems above, surrounded by other new publications on the display table—thank you, Globe Corner Books, for presenting it.) I also had the chance to explore a soon-to-close exhibit on favorite travel books, including my own recommendation: Ernest Hemingway’s A Moveable Feast.

2. Carnival time: This month, I’m hosting the Jewish Book Carnival over on the My Machberet blog. Please visit and learn more about the project (which is organized by the Association of Jewish Libraries) and check out the contributors’ news, reviews, and interviews from the world of Jewish books.

3. At least my book is there: No, I didn’t make it to the Association for Jewish Studies (AJS) conference this year (I hope to return when the conference migrates back to the East Coast in 2020). But I’m immensely grateful to the Jewish Book Council/Sami Rohr Prize for collaborating with AJS and allowing my book to take part in all of the fun, even in my absence. (Special thanks to pal Helene Meyers for the photo!)