Each week as Shabbat approaches, the My Machberet blog presents a collection of links, drawn primarily from the world of Jewish books.
- Exciting news: Especially if, like me, you loved Adam Kirsch’s The People and the Books, you’ll be glad to know that its follow-up volume, The Blessing and the Curse: Jewish People and Their Books in the Twentieth Century will be out in October. Bonus: The forthcoming book just received a starred review from Publishers Weekly.
- Another celebratory note: Recall last week’s introduction to Israeli writer Omer Friedlander? Well, this week brought news that Friedlander’s story “Alte Sachen” was named a 2020 Nelson Algren Award finalist. Yasher koach!
- This week I registered for the Shalom Hartman Institute’s “All Together Now” online learning program. Not all of the (free!) sessions are literary, but I’ve saved myself a seat in a number of “Israeli Poetry” lessons to be facilitated by Rachel Korazim.
- Meantime, the Hartman Institute’s new(ish) “Identity/Crisis” podcast recently posted an episode on Jewish journalism, featuring Jodi Rudoren and Philissa Cramer, EiCs of the Forward and JTA, respectively.
- I was sorry to miss this week’s installment of the Jewish Book Council’s “Authors at the Table,” which featured David Adjmi; after I caught this profile of Adjmi in The New York Times, I promised myself to return to the JBC event recording and bookmarked it. Weekend viewing, perhaps. (Although I do have plenty to do to prepare for the upcoming Association of Jewish Libraries (AJL) conference!)