Each week as Shabbat approaches, the My Machberet blog presents an array of Jewish-interest links, primarily of the literary variety.
- Coming soon: the Jerusalem Writers Festival, which will be unfolding this year online, May 10-13, as reported in The Jerusalem Post.
- The latest issue of Reading Jewish Fiction features reviews of Andrew Furman’s Jewfish (by Margot Singer); Jessica Kirzane’s translation of Miriam Karpilove’s Diary of a Lonely Girl (by Janice Weizman); and, although it’s a book of poetry and not fiction, my own Birthright (by Joanna Chen—who actually links my work to that of Emma Lazarus!).
- Since my aforementioned book features a number of poems that incorporate the voices/experiences of biblical women, I was naturally intrigued by the latest “Israel in Translation” podcast episode, which spotlights Karen Alkalay-Gut’s A Word in Edgewise: Ladies From the Bible Tell Their Tales (which I’ve just purchased for my Kindle).
- And speaking of ladies from the Bible: Esther and Vashti play a pretty big part in Anna Solomon’s latest novel, The Book of V., which was officially released on Tuesday. This marvelous novel (yes, I’ve read it) has already received tremendous acclaim (rave reviews! book-club selections!). And in these atypical times, Anna’s “touring” is also chiefly online. Do try to catch one of her many upcoming events!
- Finally: Did you get a chance to take part in my latest Twitter poll? If not, please leave a comment here telling me if you’re familiar with Kressmann Taylor’s “Address Unknown,” which was initially published in Story magazine in 1938 (and if you do know it, please share how you encountered it—a course syllabus? a friend’s recommendation?).