Bloggers Sought to Host Sydney Taylor Book Award Blog Tour

Received via email (from two sources!) this morning:

The Sydney Taylor Book Award committee is gearing up for its deliberations to choose the best Jewish kidlit published in the past year. Winners will be announced in January, 2011, and there will be a blog tour for medal-winning authors/illustrators in February! If you’re interested in interviewing a winner and hosting a stop on the blog tour, please let us know! We are trying to be efficient and plan ahead, even though we don’t yet know who the winners will be.

If you’d like to participate, please email Barbara Krasner at barbarakrasner(at)att(dot)net and CC Heidi Estrin at Heidi(at)cbiboca(dot)org.

As a reminder, here’s some background on the Sydney Taylor Book Award.

The Forward Seeks Politics Bloggers

“The Forward seeks motivated journalists to contribute to its politics blog, MitzVote. Launched in time for the midterm elections, MitzVote will continue to cover Jews in American politics as momentum builds toward the 2012 elections. The Forward seeks to build a dependable cadre of knowledgeable, experienced freelancers across the country to contribute short pieces about politics on both the local and national levels — anywhere Jewish voters, candidates, issues or trends become newsworthy.”

For more information and to apply, visit

Notes from Around the Web

  • If you haven’t yet listened to this year’s Hanukkah Lights stories from National Public Radio, well, it’s still Hanukkah! Take some time and enjoy the offerings.
  • And if you’re looking for still more stories after that, check out the latest issue of
  • From the Consulate General of Israel in New York comes news about a newly translated novel, Limassol, by Yishai Sarid (trans. Barbara Harshav).
  • Linda K. Wertheimer shares some reflections on Jewish books and community.
  • The amazing Carolyn Starman Hessel, Director of the Jewish Book Council, reveals which Jewish book has most influenced her.
  • The latest Jewish Reader presents a review of  Jessica Cohen’s translation of David Grossman’s To the End of the Land, excerpts, and discussion questions.
  • Win copies of my forthcoming story collection, Quiet Americans! Free! Easy! Details here.
  • Shabbat shalom!

    Yiddish Book Center Fellowship & Summer Programs

    From the Yiddish Book Center:

    Deadlines are approaching for two remarkable opportunities at the Book Center: the Steiner Summer Program for college students and the Fellowship Program for recent college grads.

    The Fellowship Program for recent grads offers an exceptional opportunity to work and learn at the forefront of Yiddish culture. Fellows spend a year working on Book Center projects in the areas of education, bibliography, and ethnography. A strong background in Jewish Studies or a related field and a working knowledge of Yiddish are required. Application Deadline: January 3, 2011.

    For college students who want to explore Yiddish language and culture amidst gardens, apple orchards and stacks of Yiddish books, the seven-week Steiner Summer Program can’t be beat! It’s tuition-free and students can earn six college credits. No prior knowledge of Yiddish required. Application Deadline: February 1, 2011.

    Deadlines are fast approaching! Spread the word!

    Hanukkah Lights in Prose

    The annual Hanukkah Lights stories are now available on National Public Radio. This year’s batch features works from Rebecca O’Connell, Lev Raphael, Margot Singer, and Shira Nayman. Can’t wait to listen to the whole group.

    Admittedly, NPR sometimes gets on my nerves–a little too quick to criticize Israel, a little too often–but today, I appreciate it. Chag sameach!