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.
- There’s been so much in the news this week that dovetails with the course I’m currently teaching on Contemporary Jewish Literature. For just one example: Joseph Berger’s article “How Yiddish Scholars are Rescuing Women’s Novels from Obscurity” is perfectly timed for our class’s imminent focus on Jessica Kirzane’s translation of Miriam Karpilove’s Diary of a Lonely Girl.
- I’m delighted to see several Jewish titles (including books by my pals Rachel Hall, Julie Zuckerman, and Corie Adjmi) included in this roundup of “Ten Impressive Short Story Collections You May Have Missed.” (Of course, I wouldn’t mind if a future follow-up included Quiet Americans! ;-))
- Speaking of short stories: @BookishlyJewish is compiling an ever-growing thread of Jewish short stories that are available online.
- The UK-based Wingate Prize will announce its winner next week; its recent shortlist announcement, which seems to have prompted this essay by David Baddiel (whom you may have caught lately elsewhere).
- More prize news: “The Sacks Book Prize will be awarded annually to an author of a recently published or about to be published work of Jewish ideas deeply sourced in Jewish texts, with broad appeal within and beyond the Jewish community. The author of the winning work will be awarded a $50,000 prize. Additional funds will be used to help the author promote the book through events, marketing and book distribution.” No entry fee. Deadline: April 29, 2022.
Shabbat shalom, everyone.