Upcoming Literary Events at the Skirball Center for Adult Jewish Learning

The Skirball Center for Adult Jewish Learning at Temple Emanu-El in New York has published its Fall 2008 Course Guide, and it includes a number of literary offerings I wanted to note here:

–“What’s Wrong With Our Children?” Parents and Children in Jewish Short Stories (Anne Roiphe)

–Six Decades of Israeli Literature (Basmat Hazan Arnoff)

–Writers’ Beit Midrash: Creative Non-Fiction (Shelly R. Fredman)

For more information, including dates and fees, visit www.adultjewishlearning.org.

JBooks & JVibe Present Get Lit 2008

Received an e-mail a few days ago about an event that may interest those of you in the Boston area. On September 25, JBooks & JVibe will present Get Lit 2008, billed as “a literary event for the whole mishpucha.” Get Lit will take place at the Union Street Restaurant in Newton, and will feature Jon Papernick, Tova Mirvis, and the father-son pair of Jonathan and Adam Wilson. More information here.

Tamar Yellin in New York City

(Happy to spread the word about this for the folks at the Jewish Book Council):

On Monday, August 4th at 7PM Tamar Yellin, Winner of the Jewish Book Council’s Inaugural 2007 Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature, will be reading from and discussing The Genizah at the House of Shepher at the Barnes and Noble on 82nd and Broadway (2289 Broadway).

From the Rohr Prize Judges:

“Yellin combines formidable Jewish scholarship with soaring lyricism. And, if scholarship and lyricism aren’t enough, she also displays a wonderfully quirky sense of humor. This is a writer who can do it all, bring history lovingly into the present and conjure an art of beauty and light out of the ardors of scholarship.”
—Rebecca Goldstein, author of The Mind-Body Problem

“Beautifully textured, as if it were made of Jewish threads woven through the English language. Its theme of dislocation and wandering
is the central story of Jewish history.”
—Ruth Wisse, Professor of Yiddish Literature and Comparative Literature, Harvard University

Genizah at the House of Shepher follows Shulamit Shepher’s return to Jerusalem after an extended absence. She quickly becomes embroiled in a family feud over possession of the so-called Shepher Codex, a mysterious and valuable Torah manuscript discovered in her grandparents’ attic genizah, a depository for old or damaged sacred documents. In unraveling the origins of the codex, Shulamit uncovers not only her ancestors’ history but must reconsider her own past, her present and ultimately, her choices for the future. The tale of the family Shepher, their aspirations, feuds and love affairs, is a haunting one of exile and belonging, displacement and the struggle for identity.

Please join St. Martins Press and the Jewish Book Council in celebrating Tamar Yellin and The Genizah at the House of Shepher on August 4th.