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.
- Reminder: May is Jewish American Heritage Month (JAHM; an annual observance since 2006). It’s (still) pretty rare to find JAHM acknowledged in book-focused journalism for secular outlets. So I was delighted to find Jaime Herndon’s “Crafting a Reading List for Jewish American Heritage Month” over on Book Riot. (Per Jaime’s note about a Jewish proclivity toward multiple opinions: Although I appreciate her comments regarding Yiddishkeit, Israel, and the Holocaust, I do think that there are ways in which those elements intersect with American Jewish experience on the page.)
- For my part, I am tracking all sorts of (primarily literary) observances from libraries, publishers, bookstores, and others on Twitter.
- I am also highlighting dual/simultaneous recognitions of Jewish American Heritage Month and Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.
- Since it’s also Short Story Month, I am also spotlighting (daily, so far!) Jewish American short-story collections. (You will notice, as the month unfolds, that some of my selections do, in fact, reflect those intersections that I mentioned above.)
- And as the author of a qualifying short-story collection, I would like to offer three copies of the e-book version of said collection—Quiet Americans—as a way to celebrate the month. Please leave a comment below if you’re interested in being entered into the lottery to receive one of those copies (to be distributed via Kindle; can be read without a Kindle, thanks to free Kindle apps). Enter by 11:59pm (Eastern) on Wednesday, May 31. The lottery will take place the following morning.
Shabbat shalom, and Happy #JAHM!