Jewish Books on My Radar: January-June 2021

It’s hopeless. I will never be caught up with all the reading that I want to do—not even within the subset of my reading that can be categorized as “reading of Jewish interest.”

And yet! I haven’t yet given up on assembling lists like this one, of brand-new (as in published this week) and soon-to-be-published titles on my radar for the first half of 2021. (Again, let’s try to ignore the fact that I have yet to finish reading all the titles I’ve shared on previous lists of this sort!)

I couldn’t fit cover images from all 18 titles within this pretty image. Please scroll down to find the full list, listed (more or less) in chronological order, with January’s releases posted first.

Assortment of book covers.
Thanks so much to Julie Zuckerman for her (patient!) “Advanced Beginner” tutorial in the art of the Canva collage.
(more…)

Midweek Notes from a Practicing Writer

Three quick updates from my desk.

1. New essay on The American Scholar‘s website: Back in May, I mentioned that I was about to take part in an online session devoted to a “classic” short story that was utterly new to me.

This past weekend, my essay about that story, “Address Unknown” by Kathrine Kressmann Taylor, went live.

Screenshot from The American Scholar's site.
Screenshot from The American Scholar’s site.
(more…)

Midweek Notes from a Practicing Writer

Three quick items.

1. Having spent large chunks of the past two weekends immersed in #KidLit conferences, I was looking forward to focusing on, you know, MY MANUSCRIPT during the weekend that’s coming up. Lo and behold, I’ve been tempted to go conferencing again—or at least, to attend these two sessions focused on kidlit that are taking place as part of Limmud Toronto.

(more…)