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Jewish Literary Links for Shabbat

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Every Friday morning My Machberet presents an assortment of links, primarily of the literary variety.

  • Mazel tov to the inaugural class of the Posen Society of Fellows.
  • More background on The Tower, the new publication I mentioned here recently.
  • Dispatch from the Twin Cities: “Jewish Arts Lab, or Why I’m a Jewish Artist.”
  • Win a book bundle from the Jewish Book Council (U.S. entrants only, enter by 4:00 p.m. EST, April 10).
  • Perhaps my most exciting #JLit discovery of the week: the redesigned website of the Institute for the Translation of Hebrew Literature!
  • Shabbat shalom!

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    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.

  • A Q&A with Ann Kirschner about her new biography of Josephine Sarah Marcus Earp. (This also happens to be my first post for The Forward’s Sisterhood blog!)
  • Kirschner’s book is also featured as part of the “books” segment of The Jewish Week‘s spring arts preview.
  • Washington Jewish Week is looking for a Senior Reporter.
  • A.B. Yehoshua’s English publisher promoted Yehoshua’s new novel within the Goodreads “Jewish Book Carnival” group. I stayed quiet. At first.
  • More literary tsuris? The next PEN World Voices festival (focusing on the theme of “bravery”) will feature a panel on Palestinian literature–moderated by BDS activist Judith Butler. Somehow, this news fills me with foreboding.
  • Shabbat shalom!

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    Jewish Community Newspaper Seeks Freelance Writers

    I subscribe to plenty of e-newsletters for writers. Here’s an item I found in one that I received yesterday from the Kentucky Foundation for Women:

    NON-PROFIT SEEKS FREELANCE WRITERS
    Freelance writers needed for the Jewish Community of Louisville Inc’s Community newspaper. Published monthly, Community includes a wide range of local, national and international news articles, features, stories, editorials and reviews. Assignments are on an as-needed basis and payment is negotiable, but will vary based on the amount of work involved. Ability to take photos is a plus. The newspaper is committed to providing coverage of major local events, and includes reviews of books, plays, films and artistic exhibitions of Jewish interest. If interested, please email your resumé and a writing sample to swallace[at]jewishlouisville[dot]org.

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    Jewish Literary Links for Shabbat

    Photo Credit: Reut Miryam Cohen

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

  • Mark your calendar for next Wednesday’s Jewish Book Council/Jewcy Twitter Book Club. The featured guest is Jami Attenberg, author (most recently) of The Middlesteins.
  • Tablet magazine’s correspondent met recently with Shani Boianjiu in Israel; the result is this profile of the author of The People of Forever Are Not Afraid.
  • Crash course in the history of Jews in Russia, courtesy of Lea Zeltserman (responding, it must be said, to a problematic remark made by Shimon Peres).
  • Want to win a copy of the English translation of Eduardo Halfon’s The Polish Boxer? Read (and comment) here, by Sunday afternoon.
  • The latest issue of JewishFiction.net went live this week. From its editor, Dr. Nora Gold: “In this all-women’s issue, you will find 14 wonderful works of fiction, originally written in Yiddish, Spanish, Hebrew, and English, by authors originating from the Ukraine, Argentina, Israel, England, Canada, and the United States. And with Chanukah just around the corner, we bring you also a Chanukah story from Israel (“Roller Coaster”).” (I’m proud to say that I am the author of one of those 14 works!)
  • And last, but not least, I’m about a week into my gig as the Association of Jewish Libraries Writer-in-Residence. Come join the fun (and discussions) on the AJL Facebook page!
  • Shabbat shalom–and warm wishes for a joyous Hanukkah.

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    Jewish Literary Links for Shabbat

    Photo Credit: Reut Miryam Cohen

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

  • Did you miss the Jewish Book Council/Jewcy Twitter Book Chat with Shani Boianjiu last week? Don’t worry: You can read the transcript.
  • And if you haven’t yet listened to the audio recording of Etgar Keret’s recent lecture and discussion at Baruch College of The City University of New York, you’ll find it here (audio file expires December 25!).
  • Attention, bloggers who cover Jewish books! The Jewish Book Carnival wants to hear from you (especially this month, when I’ll be hosting here on My Machberet). More info here.
  • Thoughts on poetry, teaching, and t’shuvah, from Richard Chess.
  • Still more about Philip Roth’s proclaimed retirement.
  • “I so wanted to hate it, but sad to say, Hope: A Tragedy is one of the funniest comic novels in several years—perhaps the funniest ever by a non-Jewish Jew.” So writes D.G. Myers in a review of Shalom Auslander’s novel.
  • Finally, please excuse the self-promotional portions of these links, but a couple of posts I want to be sure you didn’t miss this week, both here on My Machberet and on my “other” blog, Practicing Writing. First up: some thoughts on “Jewish fiction,” inspired by Tablet’s new fiction series. And then: some news from the Association of Jewish Libraries (and me!).
  • Shabbat shalom.

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    On “Jewish” Writing: Reflections on Tablet Magazine’s New Fiction Series

    As someone who spends a lot of time reading, writing about, and promoting Jewish literature—including, and perhaps especially, Jewish fiction—I’m mystified by the direction that Tablet magazine appears to be taking with its new fiction series.

    Tablet, as you may know, bears the trademarked tag line, “a new read on Jewish life,” and describes itself as a “daily online magazine of Jewish news, ideas, and culture.” It’s a magazine that I admire and enjoy; I was delighted when it added original fiction to its mix this fall. But that delight has turned to puzzlement–and a degree of dismay. Continue reading ›

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