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.
- An August Twitter project for Aviya Kushner: recommending collections of Jewish poetry.
- From Heidi Rabinowitz/The Book of Life podcast: “Periodically, the question comes up within the Jewish Kidlit Mavens group on Facebook about Jewish publishers of children’s literature. For the convenience of the Jewish kidlit community, here is a list of such publishers.”
- “‘The Jews of the South have found their poet laureate,’ Abba Eban, the 20th-century Israeli scholar and diplomat, wrote in praise of [Eli] Evans’ second essay collection, The Lonely Days Were Sundays. Evans had been instrumental in backing Civilization and the Jews, a PBS series about Jews hosted by Eban that was one of the first Jewish initiatives of the Revson Foundation in the 1980s.” From a JTA piece by Philissa Cramer about Eli Evans, who died last week.
- “What [Rabbi Charlie] Schwartz & [Joshua] Foer hope to bring to this vibrant Jewish community across the Charles River from Boston is something akin to a neighborhood watering hole and community library, with educators on hand to guide people in learning Jewish text.” From Gabby Deutch’s Jewish Insider report on the in-development “Lehrhaus.”
- Publishing next week: Michael Twitty’s Koshersoul (I’ve already registered for Twitty’s September conversation with Adeena Sussman, hosted online by the Jewish Book Council).
Wishing everyone a Shabbat shalom. (I was going to add something for Tisha B’av, which this year begins Saturday evening, but then I discovered [!] that one is not meant to offer greetings of any sort on this occasion.)