Jewish Literary Links

an open book (with Hebrew pages visible); subtitle reads "Jewish Literary Links"
Image by Yedidia Klein from Pixabay

Toward the end of each week, the My Machberet blog presents a collection of links, drawn primarily from the world of Jewish books and writing.

  • Happening next week: the First International Agnon Festival. Lots of intriguing literary programming will be streaming in English (and not only about S.Y. Agnon!)—check out the schedule.
  • In honor of Hebrew Book Week, Hebrew-to-English translator Eylon Levy has shared a thread of recommended nonfiction titles.
  • Tablet magazine is accepting applications for its third cohort of journalism fellows, to work fall 2021. “Accepted applicants will work 15-18 hours a week from October through December—preferably at our offices in New York City, although there may be an option for remote work. The fellowship will resemble an internship program in that fellows will be paid ($3,000 for the three-month program), but it will share many traits with journalism school: strong mentorship, a cohort or “class,” frequent group exercises, and guest speakers drawn from the top ranks of journalism.” Application deadline: August 10.
  • Howard Freedman’s latest column for J. focuses on new books of fiction by “Jewish writers with Soviet roots [who] have deep stories to tell.”
  • And ICYMI: Last weekend the America-Israel Friendship League hosted an online event titled “Literary Snapshots from Jerusalem: A Conversation with Deborah Harris & Yaniv Iczkovits,” billed as “a conversation about contemporary Israeli literature through the lens of a top Israeli literary agent and one of her premier authors.” You can find a recording on Facebook.

Jewish Literary Links

an open book (with Hebrew pages visible); subtitle reads "Jewish Literary Links"
Image by Yedidia Klein from Pixabay

Toward the end of each week, the My Machberet blog presents a collection of links, drawn primarily from the world of Jewish books and writing.

  • I had to miss the recent Zoom session titled “Behind the Scenes with the PJ Library Book Selection Committee,” so, as an aspiring writer of Jewish kidlit, I’m grateful that a recording is now available.
  • The theme of the next issue of arc, “the magazine of the Israel Association of Writers in English,” is community in complexity. “Submissions from residents of Israel and from Israeli citizens everywhere are especially welcome” until July 31. There is no fee to submit; there is also no payment for published work.
  • Over on Tablet, Claire Leibowicz chronicles her pandemic reading in an essay titled “My Year of Reading Old Jewish Men” (some of them don’t seem that old, but the writer is in her twenties, and authors don’t necessarily choose their headlines, anyway).
  • Paid internship opportunity: Check the Twitter thread posted by the Forward‘s new opinion editor, Laura E. Adkins, for details (including an indication that this is a remote position).
  • It hasn’t been an easy week to be a Jewish writer who’s also a Zionist (and I’m too drained as I draft this to get into more detailed definitions of those terms). There’s been this. And this. But there’s also been Nina Lichtenstein’s open letter to The Rumpus. And for that, I am more grateful than I can say (to the writer and to Merion West for publishing the piece). Please read this brave and brilliant piece.

Shabbat shalom.