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.
- In the latest installment of her excellent Substack newsletter, Ruth Franklin writes about (and links to her Washington Post review of) Nina Siegal’s The Diary Keepers: World War II in the Netherlands, As Written by the People Who Lived Through It.
- Better late than never! It has taken me several weeks to catch up with this year’s award announcement for the Sophie Brody Medal, which “is given to encourage, recognize and commend outstanding achievement in Jewish literature.” This year’s winner: Michael Frank, author of One Hundred Saturday: Stella Levi and the Search for a Lost World. Honorable mentions include a mix of nonfiction and fiction titles: The Escape Artist: The Man Who Broke Out of Auschwitz to Warn the World by Jonathan Freedland; The Man Who Sold Air in the Holy Land: Stories by Omer Friedlander; The Latecomer by Jean Hanff Korelitz; and On Repentance and Repair: Making Amends in an Unapologetic World by Danya Ruttenberg.
- “For the people at Jewish Book Week and the Genesis Foundation, apparently writers can emerge (re-emerge, be unsubmerged, surge) at any age.” From “I Thought I’d Missed the Boat to Be an Emerging Writer – I Was Wrong,” a wonderful essay by Karen E.H. Skinazi (for The Jewish Chronicle).
- “The way organisers of the partly taxpayer-funded Adelaide Writers’ Week have been defending extremist invitees, such as Palestinian author Susan A[…….]– in spite of her record of vile hate speech against Jews and Israelis – represents a teachable moment. It offers a prime example of the way antisemitism is excused and even defended in ‘woke’ progressive culture, as long as it is conflated with criticism of Israel – especially if the offender is Palestinian.” From an editorial by the Executive Director of the Australia/Israel and Jewish Public Affairs Council.
- Don’t miss Diane Cole’s “Essential Reads: Women of Color Navigating Jewish Identity”(Hadassah magazine). The piece features books by Marra B. Gad, Nhi Aronheim, Laura Arnold Leibman, Celeste Headlee, and Samira K. Mehta. (Note also the upcoming virtual panel that’s mentioned within.)