Joshua Henkin’s New Novel, Matrimony

The “Mixed Multitudes” blog on featured an interview earlier this week with Joshua Henkin, author of the new novel, Matrimony, and participant on the panel I recently wrote about for Poets & Writers. also posted an excerpt from the novel, highlighting the Jewish background of one of the protagonists. Read and enjoy. (And if you still haven’t had enough of Josh, you can read another interview, one yours truly conducted, albeit one that isn’t focused on the specifically Jewish elements of his work.)

Yiddish Music in New York

If you’re in the New York area (or going to be, during October), take note of this schedule of free concerts presented by the National Yiddish Theatre/Folksbiene. The series is sponsored by The City University of New York (disclosure: my employer!). The concerts, in Yiddish and English with English and Russian supertitles, will be held at Queens College on October 14; Hunter College on October 15; Lehman College on October 17; and Brooklyn College on October 18. Check the link above for more information.

Bye, Bye, Boycott (And Please Don’t Come Back)

“For several years now, British faculty unions have been voting in various ways to encourage members to boycott Israeli academics and universities — and ignoring anti-boycott pleas and resolutions and requests from scholarly societies, university presidents and academics from Britain, the United States and in some cases the Palestinian Authority. On Friday, the union announced an abrupt reversal: Based on legal advice, calls for the boycott will be dropped.”

Thus begins an article on today’s Read the rest here.

New Year, New Blog

Having just finished celebrating the Jewish New Year, I am happy to launch a new project: My Machberet blog. Please come back soon for news and commentary on Jewish literary topics. Thanks!