January in Paris

J’adore Paris! There are many reasons I’d be happy to be planning another trip to this beautiful city. But for the purposes of this blog, I’ll point simply to a series of Jewish-inflected literary events that will be taking place there the evening of January 23 and all day on January 24, 2010.

These “rencontres,” bringing together “Livres des mondes juifs” (“Books from/of Jewish worlds”) and “Diasporas en dialogue,” have taken place for the past couple of years. (If you understand French, you will enjoy the archived videos from 2008 and 2009.) This year’s program will begin with a session on “Minorities and Citizenship in France,” followed by a reading and discussion with Amos Oz. Several more events will take place on the program’s second, full day, and books will be available for purchase. Check out the full program and ticket information.

(And if any of you should happen to be lucky enough to find yourselves attending all or part of the program, please get in touch with me about the possibility of a guest post!)

Jewish Book Week: Past and Present

Jewish Book Week, an annual London event, will release its 2010 program (slated to take place from February 27-March 7), on January 7.

In the meantime, however, you can enjoy a plethora of recordings from past festival sessions. Truly, the site provides an amazing trove of podcasts and videos to enjoy. (I’ve started with one from last year featuring Philippe Grimbert discussing his autobiographical novel.)

Notable Items in the New Moment Magazine

I received the latest issue of Moment magazine a few days ago. There’s a lot worth noting:

1) An article in which “three Israeli authors [A.B. Yehoshua, Naomi Ragen, and Etgar Keret] “shed the guise of fiction to tell us about their favorite places in the country they love.”

2) A compilation of “the best of Israeli blogs.” (This should keep me busy for awhile.)

3) Commentary on “Jews of Questionable Taste,” those who “exploit their identity to enhance the impact of their anti-Jewish speech and action.”

4) An important “Editor’s Column,” on a “media frenzy” I’d completely missed. (I guess I haven’t been sufficiently attentive to the magazine’s blog.)

5) A poem by Frederick Pollack.

And there’s much more.

New Literary Journal from Israel: The Arava Review

A sincere “todah rabah” to Tova Gardner, co-founder of The Arava Review, for telling me about the new Israel-based journal:

From the Web site:

We’re looking for excellent works of poetry, fiction, and visual art. Though you don’t have to be previously published, do send us your best work.

A few words about the Arava (Arava Rift Valley): An area in southeastern Israel that divides the Negev Range from the Edom Mountains to the east. The meaning of Arava is “arid wilderness”. Its first known reference is in Deuteronomy 1:1: “These are the words Moses spoke to all Israel in the desert east of the Jordan—that is, in the Arabah—opposite Suph, between Paran and Tophel, Laban, Hazeroth and Dizahab.”

These are our first few weeks online. We’ve begun receiving submissions and are excited to put up content, so please submit!

Submit, read, and enjoy!

Israeli Authors at the PEN World Voices Festival

The PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature is coming soon: late April/early May. Most events are taking place in New York City, and some are free and open to the public.

Several events feature Israeli authors Meir Shalev and David Grossman. Check out the following:

April 27, 2009: Meir Shalev: The State of Israeli Literature
April 30, 2009: Meir Shalev in Conversation with Daniel Menaker
May 3, 2009: Conversation: David Grossman and Leonard Lopate
May 4, 2009: See Under: Love: David Grossman on Bruno Schulz

Update: Apparently, I missed a couple of relevant events when I put this post together. Apologies to all. Here, thanks to Naomi Firestone and the Jewish Book Council, is the full roster.