Jewish Literary Links

an open book (with Hebrew pages visible); subtitle reads "Jewish Literary Links"
Image by Yedidia Klein from Pixabay

Toward the end of each week, the My Machberet blog presents a collection of links, drawn primarily from the world of Jewish books and writing.

  • Inspired by Emily Schneider’s review, I’ve already selected the next kidlit book I’m going to read: The Singer and the Scientist, which spotlights the friendship between Marian Anderson and Albert Einstein. The book is written by Lisa Rose and illustrated by Isabel Muñoz. (Hat tip to Michael Geselowitz for the introduction to this one.)
  • In which Howard Freedman discusses reissues of literary works from the 1930s that dealt with the Nazi era (one of which I, too, have written about).
  • Next Thursday (July 29), Moment magazine’s Zoominar series turns to the question of “‘Why We Still Write Holocaust Fiction’: Authors Ruby Namdar (The Ruined House), Ruth Franklin (A Thousand Darknesses: Lies and Truth in Holocaust Fiction) and Moment editor-in-chief Nadine Epstein (Elie Wiesel: An Extraordinary Life) will discuss the enduring power–and perils–of Holocaust fiction. Prior to the conversation, the 2020 Karma Foundation Short Fiction Contest winners will read excerpts from their stories.”
  • Further into the future: I’ve already registered for this event featuring Israeli author David Grossman that’s scheduled for August 31.
  • Sandee Brawarsky “wasn’t sure what to expect” when she asked a group of Jewish women she admires “to comment on the Jewish novels they think of as essential reading, books ‘that have most influenced or inspired you or had an impact on your outlook as a Jewish woman.'” Here’s what resulted.

Shabbat shalom.

an open book (with Hebrew pages visible); subtitle reads "Jewish Literary Links"

4 thoughts on “Jewish Literary Links

  1. Erika,
    Thanks for the heads-up about the Moment Zoominar!
    Also, see my blog for an interview with Lisa Rose about this picture book. https://thewholemegillah.wordpress.com/2021/04/27/authors-notebook-the-singer-and-the-scientist-by-lisa-rose/
    Barbara

    1. Erika Dreifus says:

      Thanks for the link to the interview, Barb–I must have missed it earlier!

  2. David Cooper says:

    I have 20 pp. left in the Hebrew edition of Grossman’s new novel and so far recommend it. Jessica Cohen is the best Hebrew to English translator working today, so the English version will probably be fine. Enjoy!

    1. Erika Dreifus says:

      My reading of Israeli literature owes SO MUCH to Jessica Cohen.

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