Notes from Around the Web: Literary Links for Shabbat

  • Mazel Tov to Austin Ratner, who has won the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature in fiction for his debut novel, The Jump Artist (Bellevue Literary Press), and to Joseph Skibell, who is the runner-up and recipient of of the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature Choice Award. His award-winning novel is A Curable Romantic (Algonquin). Two more books on my to-read list.
  • Make that three. After reading Sandee Brawarsky’s review, I’m putting Sharon Pomerantz’s Rich Boy atop the list.
  • “With new Jewish-themed television programs, critically acclaimed Jewish fiction, experimental electro-klezmer bands and Jewish-Muslim theater groups, British Jews are producing obviously Jewish-inflected artworks in increasingly vibrant and creative ways, which often become part of the mainstream culture,” writes Rebecca Schischa, for The Jewish Week.
  • Adam Kirsch reviews the newly-available translation (by Tim Wilkinson) of Imre Kertesz’s Fiasco.
  • For his part, Jonathan Kirsch reviews and recommends a new novel by Alan Cheuse, Song of Slaves in the Desert, which features a character “who stands in for the 3 to 5 percent of American slaveholders in the antebellum South who were Jewish.”
  • Job alert: “New Voices and JSPS [the Jewish Student Press Service] are seeking a full-time Editor in Chief/Executive Director. New Voices is the only national, independent magazine written for and by Jewish college students. Published by the Jewish Student Press Service (est. 1971), New Voices and cover Jewish issues from a student perspective. JSPS also runs the annual National Jewish Student Journalism conference, now in its 40th year.”
  • Another job alert, this time from the Jewish Federation of Broward County, Fla., which is seeking a part-time PJ Library Community Coordinator.
  • MyJewishLearning, Inc., Seeks Editorial Assistant

    MyJewishLearning, Inc. is seeking a full-time Editorial Assistant to join its dynamic team. The Editorial Assistant will work on both, the leading transdenominational Jewish website, and, a new website site offering a fresh take on Jewish parenting.

    Tasks for this entry-level job will include researching editorial and visual content, loading and updating content to the websites, creating and writing e-newsletters, responding to inquiries, as well as supporting the general projects and needs of the editorial team.

    Qualified candidates should have an interest in working in web publishing and have some knowledge of Jewish life and traditions. We’re looking for someone who can manage multiple projects at one time, has an eye for detail, and brings energy and creativity to their job. Previous experience writing, working with content management systems, and Photoshop are helpful.

    For the full announcement, please visit

    Jewish Ideas Daily Seeks Editorial Assistant

    “Full-time editorial assistant needed for Jewish Ideas Daily (, a growing website of thought, culture, politics, and religion. We are looking for someone organized and responsible, deeply and critically engaged with Jewish matters. Editorial experience and computer/tech skills are highly desirable. Competitive compensation commensurate with experience; must be based in New York. ” For the full announcement, check

    The Forward Seeks Politics Bloggers

    “The Forward seeks motivated journalists to contribute to its politics blog, MitzVote. Launched in time for the midterm elections, MitzVote will continue to cover Jews in American politics as momentum builds toward the 2012 elections. The Forward seeks to build a dependable cadre of knowledgeable, experienced freelancers across the country to contribute short pieces about politics on both the local and national levels — anywhere Jewish voters, candidates, issues or trends become newsworthy.”

    For more information and to apply, visit

    Happy Birthday, Jewish Quarterly Review

    From the new National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia: “The Jewish Quarterly Review is holding a conference, ‘Journals & Jewish Intellectual Life: The Jewish Quarterly Review at 100’  in honor of its 100th anniversary Sunday, Dec. 12, at the Museum.  The conference is free and open to the public.  Space is limited and registration is required.  For more information or to register, visit