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.
- I’ve long thought about writing a piece that would explore the presence of Jews and Judaism in Betty Smith’s iconic novel A Tree Grows in Brooklyn; over on the Jewish Book Council site Ariella Carmell has done so first (but if any editors are reading this, I think there’s still more to say—please be in touch!).
- “Meet Angelina Muñiz Huberman, a Mexican writer whose novels explore Sephardic history and crypto-Judaism” (by Alan Grabinsky for JTA).
- ‘Tis the season—for Helene Meyers’s collection of “Jewish feminist highlights” for the past year (on the Lilith blog.)
- Do you have a debut book coming in 2022? Bookishly Jewish wants to hear from you (on Twitter—please respond there, not to me/here!).
- And I’ll conclude with a quick year-end shoutout to the Sydney Taylor Schmooze, which I’ve subscribed to fairly recently. If you’re not familiar with it, it’s “a mock award blog created to encourage discussion of books eligible for the Sydney Taylor Book Award over the course of the year. We want to hear your opinions. The purpose is to grow awareness of the criteria for the Award and to help readers critically consider Jewish literature for youth.” Energetic and educational work!