Jewish Literary Links for Shabbat

Photo Credit: Reut Miryam Cohen
Every Friday morning My Machberet presents an assortment of links, primarily of the literary variety.

  • Rebecca Klempner presents a true Passover story that epitomizes an instance when reality seems stranger than fiction.
  • Many of us perceive Tay-Sachs disease to be a malady that strikes only Jewish families; Emily Rapp isn’t Jewish, but her son, Ronan, recently succumbed to the disease. Judy Bolton-Fasman writes about Rapp’s new memoir, which opens with Ronan’s diagnosis.
  • Canada-based author Ayelet Tsabari recently wrote a series of guest posts, my favorite of which deals with the challenges she has faced in writing about Israel.
  • Beth Kissileff profiles Shimon Adaf, most recent recipient of Israel’s prestigious Sapir Prize.
  • Latest Quiet Americans news.
  • Shabbat shalom.

    Jewish Literary Links for Shabbat

    Photo Credit: Reut Miryam Cohen
    Every Friday morning My Machberet presents an assortment of links, primarily of the literary variety.

  • Tempting conference coming up at Princeton University on Sunday, April 7: “American Jewish Culture: ‘Fresh Vitality in Every Direction.'” Including literary directions.
  • If you aspire to write Jewish-themed children’s books, you may want to look into this workshop, scheduled for June at the Highlights Foundation in Honesdale, Penn.
  • The Ilanot Review seeks “hybrid literary texts” for its next issue. Deadline: April 30.
  • New to me this week: TheTower.org, which “features reporting and analysis of geopolitical, security, economic, social and other events and trends affecting the Middle East and America’s interests in the region.” (h/t @dg_myers)
  • Thanks to David Remnick, you may feel as though you, too, were able to attend Philip Roth’s 80th birthday party.
  • Shabbat shalom.

    Jewish Literary Links for Shabbat

    Photo Credit: Reut Miryam Cohen

    Every Friday morning My Machberet presents an assortment of Jewish news, primarily of the literary variety, from around the Web.

  • New Jersey Jewish News takes note of impending 80th birthday celebrations for its most famous literary native son, Philip Roth.
  • People are still talking about the Brooklyn College BDS controversy. This week, Francine Klagsburn’s piece in The Jewish Week impressed me as especially worth reading.
  • Busy times over on the Generations of the Shoah International (GSI) Book/Film Discussion Group.
  • Lilith‘s annual fiction and poetry contests close on March 15th.
  • New opportunity for writers and artists: a Jewish Environmental/Land Art Residency. Applications are due March 22nd. (via FundsforWriters.com)
  • Shabbat shalom!

    Jewish Literary Links for Shabbat

    Photo Credit: Reut Miryam Cohen
    Every Friday morning My Machberet presents an assortment of Jewish news, primarily of the literary variety, from around the Web.

  • In The Washington Post, Jodi Picoult credits Simon Wiesenthal’s The Sunflower for inspiring her new novel, The Storyteller.
  • “A new institute has launched to advance the study of modern Israel in the United States and around the world. The independent, non-partisan Israel Institute will support scholarship, teaching and research in an array of academic and cultural disciplines—including history, politics, international relations, economics, society, culture, art and literature—to foster deeper, more multi-faceted knowledge of modern Israel.”
  • Here’s hoping that Allison Nazarian’s book project on “The 3G Legacy” finds a publisher soon.
  • “JTA, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, is seeking an online coordinator to manage JTA’s online presence and digital products, including website, email newsletters and blogs.”
  • The finalists for the 2013 Sami Rohr Prize in Jewish Literature were announced this week. I’ve had more to say about this.
  • Shabbat shalom!

    Jewish Literary Links for Shabbat

    Photo Credit: Reut Miryam Cohen
    Every Friday morning My Machberet presents an assortment of Jewish news, primarily of the literary variety, from around the Web.

  • Tablet has published a troubling, but exceedingly well-written, excerpt from Tova Reich’s next novel as its latest fiction feature.
  • I’d been meaning to get a copy of David Ebenbach’s The Artist’s Torah; this piece in New Jersey Jewish News, which I ran across this week, made me go ahead and order it (finally!).
  • The Daniel Pearl Journalism Initiative, coordinated by Moment magazine, is open for applications.
  • This week brought the Jerusalem International Book Fair.
  • Get to know the authors and illustrators behind the books that have received recognition from this year’s Sydney Taylor Book Awards.
  • Shabbat shalom!