- “I see a lot of writers out protesting.” A comment from Israeli poet Yudit Shahar regarding the situation on the ground, from an interview conducted, translated, and presented by Aviya Kushner for the Forward.
- “A signed copy of David Grossman’s book, To the End of the Land, reveals the link between the author’s pain over the death of his son and a tragic event that happened fifty years ago. This is the story of how Grossman made use of rare recordings from the Yom Kippur War in an attempt to ease the burden of a harsh reality.” By Yael Ingel for the National Library of Israel.
- “9 Books About Identity and Gender by Jewish Women and Nonbinary Writers”: a list of novels and short-story collections by Jennifer Fliss for Electric Literature.
- “Poet and children’s book author Mary Ann Hoberman, whose own childhood in a ‘very loud, raucous, opinionated’ Jewish household inspired the family themes that infused her books, died on July 7 at her home in Greenwich, Conn. She was 92.” (I ran across the obituary by Andrew Silow-Carroll via JTA’s weekly “Life Stories” newsletter, for which there is now a discrete subscription option.)
- And I’ll conclude by introducing Distinctions: A Sephardi and Mizrahi Journal. This quarterly online journal “elevates the voices and talents of Sephardi and Mizrahi scholars, researchers, artists and activists.” (I’ve been told that currently submissions are by invite-only, from the Editorial Board.)
Wishing everyone a meaningful Tisha B’Av observance, and a Shabbat shalom.