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.
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Midweek Notes from a Practicing Writer

Three quick things.

1. AWP

Lots of writers received news in recent days from the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) concerning the fate of their session proposals for the upcoming annual conference. In my case, the proposal I was part of was not accepted. (My co-panelists are mulling over the possibility of pitching a “roundtable” style article on our would-be session topic, which is connected to book promotion. We shall see.)

Truthfully, I’m not all that disappointed.

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