Each week as Shabbat approaches, the My Machberet blog presents a collection of links, drawn primarily from the world of Jewish books and writing.
- Call for papers/essays for a volume to be edited by Dainy Bernstein for Ben Yehuda Press: “Childhood and adolescent experiences are shaped in no small part by the artifacts available to children and adolescents: the books they read, the toys they play with, the songs they sing, etc., all affect and shape specific cultural childhoods. The cultural artifacts of Orthodox Jewish childhood and adolescence – including Modern Orthodox and Haredi artifacts – are a rich and virtually unmined resource for understanding Orthodox Jewish communities, ideologies, and practices. Through readings of these texts from both personal and academic perspectives, this volume aims to provide insight into the experience of Orthodox childhoods for both academic and lay audiences.” Note that this is not a paying opportunity, though contributors will be provided a copy of the book. Deadline: February 1, 2021.
- Tremendous news came this week from the National Library of Israel regarding the Hannah Senesh Archive.
- The embarrassment of rich Jewish literary events taking place online continues. This Sunday afternoon, I’ll be tuning into Lisa Silverman’s session on Grace Paley’s 1959 short story “The Loudest Voice.” First, though, I’ll be “attending” Literary Modiin’s December author event, featuring Max Gross and Nicole Krauss.
- Speaking of Nicole Krauss: Alma this week published Miranda Cooper’s superb interview with the author.
- And in case you missed it (or aren’t a regular subscriber): The latest issue of The Practicing Writer 2.0, my (free!) newsletter for writers, went out to subscribers this week. Among the Jewishly-focused opportunities included in this issue are Lilith magazine’s fiction contest and calls for entries for the Natan Notable Book award. All awards/publishing opportunities listed in this newsletter pay writers for winning/published work, and none of them charge reading/entry fees. All issues are archived online.