The Chanukah/December 2008 issue of Judy Labensohn’s “Write in Israel” newsletter is now available. I am always glad to get a glimpse into the community of English-language writers in Israel, and I enjoy reading through each issue. Check out the new one here.
Unfortunately, I was unable to attend last week’s panel discussion at the Museum of Jewish Heritage on “Irène Némirovsky and the Jewish Question.” On the bright side, though, the Museum has made podcast segments available on its Web site, and I’ve had some time this weekend to listen. Well worth my time, and, if you’re interested in Némirvosky and her work, quite likely worth yours, too.
Registration is now open for the Jewish Fiction Writers’ Conference, scheduled to take place Sunday, March 15, 2009, at the 92nd Street Y in Manhattan. I’m delighted to be participating in the event as a presenter, and I’m grateful to the Y and the Jewish Book Council for putting it together.
Read more about it (and register) here.
In addition to its excellent content, the latest issue of Moment magazine announces two particularly interesting (and free) events.
First, on December 9, Moment will celebrate the most recent winners of the Moment-Karma Short Fiction Contest. Geraldine Brooks, who judged this year’s contest, will also participate. This event will take place in New York City; for more information, click here. (By the way, the deadline for the next competition is coming up on December 1. For details, click here.)
And on Monday, December 22, Moment and the Foundation for Jewish Culture will present this year’s Emerging Writer Awards “to showcase talented writers who have published at least one book, but have not yet received widespread recognition.” This year’s winner of the Goldberg Prize for Fiction is Anya Ulinich for Petropolis; the Handelsman Prize for Non-fiction is Harry Bernstein for The Invisible Wall. The awards presentation and reception will take place in Washington, DC. Click here for details.
I won’t be in New York City this weekend, but if you are, you might want to look into Sunday’s BYFI Fall Forum, “Culture Shock: Jewish Writing in America.” Program details and ticket information available here.
I won’t be able to attend this event, but if you’re in New York City tomorrow evening and have the time and inclination you may want to stop by the Tenement Museum and sit in on a panel on “The State of Jewish Fiction.” From the Web site: “Jewish writers, including Joshua Henkin, Binnie Kirshenbaum, Ellen Feldman, and Tova Mirvis discuss faith and culture in literature today. The authors will debate the role graduate writing programs play in shaping contemporary literature.” The event is co-sponsored by JBooks and begins at 6:30 pm. Details here.