Jewish Literary Links

an open book (with Hebrew pages visible); subtitle reads "Jewish Literary Links"
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  • In which Debra Spark profiles Alicia Jo Rabins (Girls in Trouble, A Kaddish for Bernie Madoff) for the Barnard College alumnae magazine.
  • As BroadwayWorld reports, Tom Stoppard’s Olivier Award-winning Best New Play, Leopoldstadt, “will open on Broadway in a limited engagement at the Longacre Theatre (220 West 48th Street) this fall. Performances will begin Wednesday, September 14, 2022 ahead of a Sunday, October 2, 2022 opening night.”
  • “Each year ahead of Hebrew Book Week, the National Library of Israel announces statistics on the Israeli publishing industry based on entries to the library as a result of the Legal Deposit Law, which requires anyone in Israel who publishes more than 50 copies of a book to provide two copies to the library in Jerusalem.” Check out Madeline Fixler’s report for JTA (headline: “For the first time, female Israeli authors outpaced males in publishing in 2021”), which links to more information from the NLI itself
  • From the Center for Jewish History: “Read any good Jewish books lately? Share your summer reading recommendations with the CJH community!” (U.S. participants can win CJH swag.) I’ve just sent in my own suggestion: Léa, Ariela Freedman’s biographical novel of Léa Roback (1903-2000), which I finished reading over the Shavuot holiday.
  • And this week I’ve discovered something especially relevant for Pride Month: Ben Yehuda Press’s edition of Jonathan Branfman’s You Be You: The Kid’s Guide to Gender, Sexuality, and Family, with illustrations by Julie Benbassat, translated into “contemporary Hassidic Yiddish” for this edition by Lili Rosen.

Shabbat shalom.

an open book (with Hebrew pages visible); subtitle reads "Jewish Literary Links"