Jewish Literary Links
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.
- It’s Awards Season! (And I’m not talking about the Oscars!) Last week, I pointed you to the announcement of the latest National Jewish Book Awards honorees. This week, I’ll begin by highlighting the Association of Jewish Libraries Jewish Fiction Award, which for 2022 books has gone to Omer Friedlander and The Man Who Sold Air in the Holy Land: Stories. Honor titles include Rachel Barenbaum’s novel Atomic Anna and GennaRose Nethercott’s Thistlefoot.
- But, wait! There’s more! You can catch the announcement of this year’s Sydney Taylor Book Awards live next Monday (January 30), during the American Library Association’s Youth Media Awards presentation. In the meantime, you can peruse the list of Mock Sydney Taylor Award winning, honor, and notable titles over on the Sydney Taylor Shmooze blog.
- A compilation of Sephardi and Mizrahi children’s books—courtesy of JIMENA.
- The newest issue of Sapir focuses on the theme of “Culture” and includes pieces about contemporary Jewish writing by Howard Jacobson and Allegra Goodman. You can register now for a February 20 conversation between Goodman and Sapir’s editor-in-chief Bret Stephens. (I already have.)
- Tomorrow (January 27) is International Holocaust Remembrance Day. There’s plenty of Holocaust-related literary content archived here on My Machberet that you might spend some time reviewing. I’ll also recommend to you a new essay by Leah Kaminsky: “Stalking the Dead: How Tracing Old Photographs Helped Me Resurrect My Mother’s Past.”