Short Fiction for Hanukkah: “Fidelis”

I’m honored and delighted to report that the 2011 “Hanukkah Lights” broadcast on National Public Radio features my short story, “Fidelis.” Local broadcast dates and times vary, but you can listen online any time.

In “Fidelis,” I tell another story of World War II, but this time the attention shifts to the Pacific theater. I won’t say too much more than that for now. But I’ll be posting more about the history and resources behind the story in the not-too-distant future.

Jewish Literary Links for Shabbat

Shabbat shalom!

Jewish Literary Links for Shabbat

For your Shabbat reading, please find below some links I’ve liked this week (and some I hope to explore further over the weekend):

  • In case you missed its debut on Tuesday, you can still enjoy the November Jewish Book Carnival.
  • Looking for book (and educational toy) ideas for Chanukah? Look no further than these suggestions from my very own sister.
  • Leslie Epstein, on Aharon Appelfeld.
  • Have I mentioned before that sometimes I dream of a career writing biographies for young people? That’s just one of the reasons why I’m so interested in this Whole Megillah interview featuring both the author and the editor behind a new Leonard Bernstein biography for young readers.
  • A hearty Mazel Tov to the Jewish Book Council on its sparkling new website (replete with renamed blog)!
  • Shabbat shalom!

    Looking for a Holy Day Service?

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