Forthcoming Jewish Books for Fall 2021*

*I’m super-literal, so I have to clarify that some of these books are being published before the equinox.

Collage of book covers—keep reading for more info about each book!

Largely due to time constraints, I’ve limited this list to books I’m aware of because I know the authors—they’re friends, or at least, friendly acquaintances. (The one exception is Rutu Modan [Tunnels], whom I *have* met “in real life”—but I doubt that she remembers the occasion the way I do.)

In any case, I congratulate all of these authors on their new books—and I certainly hope that I’ll somehow manage to read them all.

  • Asylum: A Memoir of Family Secrets by Judy Bolton-Fasman (Mandel Vilar Press, August 24).
  • People Love Dead Jews: Reports from a Haunted Present by Dara Horn (W.W. Norton, September 7).
  • Movie-Made Jews: An American Tradition by Helene Meyers (Rutgers University Press, September 21).
  • RBG’s Brave and Brilliant Women: 33 Jewish Women to Inspire Everyone by Nadine Epstein, introduced and selected by Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and illustrated by Bee Johnson (Delacorte Press, September 21).
  • Dear Mr. Dickens by Nancy Churnin, illustrated by Bethany Stancliffe (Albert Whitman, October 1); Nancy has a second picture-book being published just a few days later: A Queen to the Rescue: The Story of Henrietta Szold, Founder of Hadassah, with illustrations by Yevgenia Nayberg (Creston Books, October 5).
  • Squirrel Hill: The Tree of Life Synagogue Shooting and the Soul of a Neighborhood by Mark Oppenheimer (Knopf, October 5).
  • The Rabbi and the Reverend: Joachim Prinz, Martin Luther King Jr., and Their Fight against Silence by Audrey Ades, illustrated by Chiara Fedele (Kar-Ben, November 1).
  • Tunnels by Rutu Modan, translated by Ishai Mishory (Drawn & Quarterly, November 2).

Which forthcoming Jewish books are on your radar? Please share, in comments.

collage of book covers

5 thoughts on “Forthcoming Jewish Books for Fall 2021*

  1. Just a few hours ago I was quoting Dara Horn from an essay where she said, “People love dead Jews, living Jews not so much.” So I very much look forward to reading her book, though I don’t think it will make me cheerful…

    1. Erika Dreifus says:

      Yes, I have quoted that line many times myself. That essay is in this book.

  2. Rosie says:

    More than I Love my Life by David Grossman. Had an autobiographical component from what I understand

    1. Erika Dreifus says:

      Yes, I’m looking forward to that one, too!

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