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.
- Terrific piece on “Picture Books as Feminist Midrash” by Erica Cohen Lyons for the Jewish Book Council’s PB Daily blog. (And here’s wishing Lyons a hearty, double mazal tov on the two picture books of hers that published this week!)
- Speaking of the Jewish Book Council: Earlier this week, they released a “Statement on Rachel Beanland Event.” Please read it. (I’ll wait.) You may then wish to read the apology from the Mandel JCC in Palm Beach Gardens that’s referenced within the statement, as well as Beanland’s own commentary, on Instagram. And then, you can also find coverage on JTA.
- “Being Jewish on Campus: A Student Writing Challenge,” from Sources: A Journal of Jewish Ideas, invites essay submissions from students enrolled at 2- or 4-year colleges and universities in the United States and Canada. Prize: “Up to four writers will receive $500 and have the opportunity to work with editor Claire E. Sufrin to prepare their essays for publication” in the journal’s spring 2024 issue. Deadline: December 31. No entry fee.
- Just ahead of Rosh Hashanah, The Book of Life welcomes to the show Richard Ho and Lynn Scurfield, whose new picture book Two New Years spotlights both the Jewish and Lunar New Year holidays. (Transcript provided.)
- And if you’re in search of some pretty amazing bookish perks (particularly of the children’s-literature variety) in exchange for supporting the independent publishing company Levine Querido (which publishes Jewish stories among many others), you’ll want to check out the Friends for Levine Querido auction. It remains open through September 13.