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Pre-Shabbat #JewLit Links

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

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Pre-Shabbat Jewish Literary Links

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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

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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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    Call for Submissions: Jewish Book Carnival

    Do you blog about books? Run a podcast that features them? Edit a publication that includes book coverage? The Jewish Book Carnival is an online happening that connects those who feature news, reviews, and interviews about Jewish books. Participants share recent items and comment on each other’s contributions.

    Organized by the Association of Jewish Libraries (AJL), the Carnival moves from site to site each month. In January, this very My Machberet blog will be the host. If you have something to share, please send it to me with “Jewish Book Carnival” in the subject line. Please note that participants are asked to send in just ONE link. Also key to know: This is NOT a forum for advertising one’s own book. Self-promotional posts will not be included. The deadline for submissions is Thursday, January 11, 2018; the Carnival will post, as per usual, mid-month.

    For more background and links to past carnivals, please visit the Carnival HQ on the AJL website.

    I look forward to receiving and sharing your submissions!

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