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.
- ICYMI: an energetic Twitter thread from Susan Kusel featuring “cancelable takes” on Jewish children’s and YA books. (Which sparked this QT thread of my own.)
- From Howard Freedman’s latest, National Poetry Month-pegged column: “On April 21, UC Berkeley’s Center for Jewish Studies will present a program at the Magnes titled ‘At Home in America? Three Poets on Belonging and Diaspora in an Unsettled Moment.’ My favor to myself for poetry month was to read these poets’ new books, which was a rewarding endeavor.”
- The Drisha Institute for Jewish Education has announced Kol u’Deyo, “a new program for writers, translators, and editors” that “seeks to establish an ecotone between the writers’ workshop and the beit midrash. Leaning into Drisha’s strengths in the literary interpretation of the Bible, and reaching out to the widely talented members of our learning community, we hope to provide a unique experience for those who wish to study their Jewish texts and write them, too.” There are fees to participate; there are also work-study and full-tuition scholarships (look under “Financial Matters” for details on those).
- If you’re looking for some holiday reading, you might want to peruse the new (Pesach) issue of JewishFiction.net.
- And I’m planning to spend some quality time this holiday/Shabbat weekend with the newest issue of the Jewish Review of Books (limited free online access).
Shabbat shalom and Chag Pesach sameach!