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Pre-Shabbat #JewLit Links

Every Friday My Machberet presents an array of Jewish-interest links, primarily of the literary variety.

  • “Two Brothers,” a poem of Purim and Passover, is the latest brilliant work from Julia Knobloch to appear on the Jewcy site.
  • I no longer work for the publisher who brought Jessamyn Hope’s debut novel Safekeeping to readers, so I have no financial incentive to share the fact that you can buy it at all. But I love this book. (As I’ve said before—and I’ll say again—it reminds me of Amos Oz’s kibbutz fiction. If that appeals, then so will this.) And Safekeeping is currently a Kindle special for just $2.99, so if you’ve been waiting to purchase it, now’s a good time!
  • Yesterday was International Women’s Day; I’m going to extend my observance over the weekend by taking a closer look at Beth Kissileff’s “list of inspiring books by Jewish women” over on The Wisdom Daily.
  • Reminders about some other posts that appeared here on My Machberet this week: a call for fiction from Moment magazine, and a poem from my own archive.
  • And if you’re looking for some weekend viewing, consider this recording of authors Dara Horn and Ruby Namdar in conversation about “Jewish time, language, and stories,” with Sandee Brawarsky. I’m looking forward to watching it, myself.
  • Shabbat shalom, chaverim.

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    Jewish Book Carnival: January 2018

    The My Machberet blog is proud to serve as January 2018 host for the Jewish Book Carnival, a monthly event where those who cover Jewish books online “can meet, read, and comment on each others’ posts.” Organized by the Association of Jewish Libraries, the Carnival travels around and is hosted on a different participant’s site on the 15th of each month.

    Herewith, the January 2018 Jewish Book Carnival: Continue reading ›

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    Pre-Shabbat Jewish Literary Links

    Photo Credit: Reut Miryam Cohen

    Photo Credit: Reut Miryam Cohen


    Every Friday My Machberet presents an array of Jewish-interest links, primarily of the literary variety.

  • Yesterday brought the sad news of the passing of Israeli author Aharon Appelfeld. I’ve referenced this major voice many times within the My Machberet blog and elsewhere. See this Twitter thread for some mentions/links.
  • Appelfeld is one of the authors included on Merri Ukraincik’s impressive post “My Year in Books 2017” (which isn’t limited to Jewish-lit titles by any means).
  • ICYMI—and I’m not sure how that’s possible because I feel as though I’m “talking” about it constantly—Adam Gopnik has written a superb piece on Romain Gary for The New Yorker (and I am currently reading one of the books that receives a great deal of attention in that piece: Miranda Richmond Mouillot’s translation [The Kites] of Gary’s Les cerfs-volants).
  • Moment magazine’s Marilyn Cooper recently interviewed Mark Helprin “about his new novel Paris in the Present Tense, being politically conservative in the Jewish community and anti-Semitism in America.” (Possibly my favorite line of Helprin’s here: “It’s not like I decided to be the anti-Woody Allen, but the self-hating Jewish man has not been my experience.”)
  • And from the National Library of Israel: an amazing opportunity for poets who write in Hebrew or Arabic. Deadline: January 31.
  • Shabbat shalom.

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