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.
- From my friend Sivan Rotholz, a brilliant writer, scholar, and teacher: “Don’t know what midrash is? Want to learn more about the tradition, where it comes from, and what it looks like today? Join me for a free/donation-based one-off event next Wednesday, February 2nd.” This event is a teaser of sorts for subsequent creative midrash sessions for poets and other creative writers that Sivan will facilitate. (Trust me—Sivan’s sessions are superb.)
- The latest issue of Sapir launched this week. With a theme of “aspiration,” it’s anchored by an essay by Dara Horn titled “Dreams for Living Jews,” which itself will “anchor” a conversation between Dara Horn and Sapir‘s editor-in-chief Bret Stephens on February 14.
- ICYMI: It’s been a busy time for Jewish book-award announcements. I’ve tried to gather the news in a single post for you.
- Something else I want to make sure you haven’t missed (it was cross-posted in the weekly “Markets & Jobs” post on the Practicing Writing blog). A call from Jessica Kirzane, In geveb‘s EiC: “If you are a Yiddishist and funny, please send @ingeveb a Purim pitch!” Pays: $100; per further comment, “rough” deadline is March 7.
- Today, January 27, is International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Literary commemorations are among the events taking place. For just two online happenings on my radar, check this memoir-focused event, moderated by Ruth Franklin (happening at 1pm New York time), and, hosted by York University in Canada, tonight’s launch of Shadows in the City of Light: Paris in Postwar French Jewish Writing.