Jewish Literary Links: JAHM edition

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  • 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!

In celebration of JAHM: Jewish American Heritage Month

16 thoughts on “Jewish Literary Links: JAHM edition

  1. Erika
    Yes. Please enter me in the Quiet Americans draw. I read from library and would love a copy.

    Elan Barnehama

    1. Erika Dreifus says:


  2. Dear Erika,
    I’d love to be entered in your giveaway, and I appreciate the reminder to check this blog more often. My fourth picture book (co-authored with Adam Chang), Miri’s Moving Day (forthcoming 2024) features a young protagonist who is Jewish and Chinese.

    1. Erika Dreifus says:

      Fabulous! Has there been an official announcement in PW or elsewhere? (I help track deal info for the Jewish Kidlit Mavens on Facebook.)

      1. Hi Erika – I have not seen a deal announcement (though we signed a contract and have an illustrator) – I’ll let you know if I see one. My impression is that PW doesn’t post everything submitted to it (at least that’s what another publisher for my second book told me)

  3. Sxdni Small says:

    Shabbat Shalom, all who partake-and yes, please do enter me in the draw! Thank you much, for all these opportunities and resources, Erika! As an emerging neuroQueer writer, I am very grateful to learn from others!

    1. Erika Dreifus says:

      Wonderful! I’ve noted your interest!

  4. Sarah Bardin says:

    Shabbat shalom. Please enter me in the drawing. Thank you!

  5. Sabena Stark says:

    Looking forward to reading your story collection. Thank you for the many ways you show up for our writing community.

  6. Shelley Evans says:

    I would love to receive a copy of Quiet Americans. Thank-you for everything you do for the writing community. I am a big fan here on Vancouver Island!

  7. Allison Lynn says:

    I’d love to be entered in the draw for Quiet Americans. New to your newsletter but already so thankful for all you do to support writing & writers!

  8. If like to be entered into the lottery for your book, thanks. I missed seeing your surveys. I’ve never found online surveys to get much response, not sure of the psychology there. I guess giveaways work! Was not aware of the Month proclamations…

  9. Love your website, your newsletter and you! You, are by far, the best resource for writers regarding paying submission calls that I have found. Thank you for all you do!

  10. Erika Dreifus says:

    Thanks, everyone, for your comments and your interest! The random number generator selected commenters #5, #3, and #2 as giveaway winners. Congratulations! I will be in touch with Stephanie Wildman, Sxdni Small, and Sabena Stark today to proceed.

  11. Erika Dreifus says:

    Actually, we had a small misunderstanding, so there’s one more copy available, and it’s going to Commenter #7 (Allison Lynn).

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