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Monday, August 02, 2010 | Permalink

Posted by Naomi Firestone-Teeter

Matthue Roth dives into Adam Levin’s The Instructions here for MyJewishLearning. (We’re reading it too! Sooo…more to come soon on the title.)

Jewcy editor Jason Diamond reviews Rachel Shukert’s Everything Is Going to Be Great: An Underfunded and Overexposed European Grand Tour here. (Check back on the blog next week for her guest posts!)

The final two volumes of the Jewish Choices, Jewish Voices series from JPS: War and National Security and Social Justice. (Order the complete 6-volume set here.)

Jewish Women Writers Calendar

Friday, July 30, 2010 | Permalink

Posted by Naomi Firestone-Teeter

The Hadassah-Brandeis Institute (HBI) is now taking orders for their Sept 2010-Aug 2011 wall calendar: Jewish Women Writers: The Cities behind the Stories.

You can find more details about the calendar and ordering information on their website, here, but we’ve listed a few of the highlights below:


• Interview style format lets you learn about these Jewish writers in their own voices, sharing experiences spanning multi-generations, twelve cities, and eight countries.
• Highlights each author’s work with beautiful, full-color images
• Includes U.S. national and Jewish holidays, weekly Torah portions
• Twelve-month format (September 2010 through August 2011)
• Measures 12″ x 12″

To Order:
The wall calendar is available for the price of $13.95 plus shipping. (See chart on website).

Orders will begin shipping on August 16th.

Kafka Manuscripts: The Fight Over Kafka

Friday, July 30, 2010 | Permalink

Posted by Naomi Firestone-Teeter

The blogosphere has been abuzz over the the newly found Kafka manuscripts (examples on: JPSTablet, and Jewcy). Rodger Kamenetz, author of the forthcoming Burnt Books: Rabbi Nachman of Bratslav and Franz Kafka , the latest in Schocken/Nextbook Press’s Jewish Encounter series, adds another voice to the conversation on the Huffington Post here.

I'm No Longer Just An Author

Friday, July 30, 2010 | Permalink

In his earlier posts, Adam Langer set out to write a screenplay and wrote a book in two months. His newest novel, The Thieves of Manhattan, is now available. He has been blogging all week for the Jewish Book Council and MyJewishLearning.

Even though I finished writing The Thieves of Manhattan less than a year ago, the universe I describe in my novel is already beginning to seem to me like a quaint artifact of a bygone age. The exclusive society to which my hero Ian Minot gains entry—one of power lunches at Michael’smeetings at the Century Club, and tony author wing-dings attended by the literati—seems as if it is being replaced by a far-more-competitive, faster-paced, and perhaps-more-egalitarian world in which authors must constantly work on reinventing themselves to be heard above the din. For, I’m no longer just an author—I’ve become a book video producer, a guest blogger, an essayist. I’m on Twitter now; I’ve hustled blurbs from famous writers and infamous ones. I corresponded about the book with writers who inspired me when I was growing up, while waiting vainly to hear back from this guythis guythis guy, and this guy, all of whom inspired me too.

I now post articles to Facebook. My publicist encourages me to do Q and A’s and write op-eds, a bunch of which have wound up on the cutting-room floor. Some authors might grouse about this rapidly-changing landscape, but I find myself kind of excited by it. In fact, it has given me some ideas for a sequel. But there’s no time to think about that right this minute. I’ve got to finish writing a script for a bookstore reading of Thieves, and then I have to work on editing my next novel, which I hope to finish in the next month or so. I don’t want to talk too much about that book, but I can say that it has epigrams from two of my favorite movies, that a lot of it is set in the town where I went to high school, and that, while I’ve been writing it, I’ve been listening to these songs a lot. Once I’m done with that, I might want to take another look at that screenplay I began writing two summers ago. My novel’s 272 pages long; 120 doesn’t seem like much.

Adam Langer’s most recent novel, The Thieves of Manhattan, is now available. Visit his official website here and visit here to view all of his posts for the Jewish Book Council and MyJewishLearning‘s author blogging series.

PW on the new CEO of JPS, Barry Schwartz

Thursday, July 29, 2010 | Permalink

Posted by Naomi Firestone-Teeter

Publisher’s Weekly reports on the Jewish Publication Society’s new CEO, Barry Schwartz:

When Barry L. Schwartz began his first job in the publishing industry on July 1, he started at the top: CEO of the 122-year-old Jewish Publication Society.

At 52, Schwartz brings an unusual yet relevant résumé to an institution known for producing scholarly as well as popular Jewish titles. A Reform rabbi, he’s served on JPS’s rabbinic advisory board as well as its editorial committee. He’s authored four books, including a widely used textbook: Jewish Heroes, Jewish Values (Behrman House, 1996). And for 25 years, he’s taught Jews as a synagogue leader.

Continue reading here.

Writers’ Seminar on the Jewish People

Thursday, July 29, 2010 | Permalink

Posted by Naomi Firestone-Teeter

Are you between the ages of 22-35?

Are you interested in developing your skills in writing about the Jewish people in the U.S. and abroad?

Well then we have the perfect seminar for you…

Young writers between the ages of 22-35 interested in developing their skills in writing about the Jewish people in the United States and abroad are invited to apply to a year-long seminar, commencing in this fall under the direction of Samuel G. Freedman, an award-winning journalist, author and professor. The seminar will offer the opportunity to engage with a small group of peers and with outstanding scholars who will deepen your knowledge of Jewish life in the U.S., Israel, and other lands. Participants will work directly on their writing skills with an outstanding journalist who has written extensively on Jewish and other religious themes.

The seminar will meet in Manhattan on the days of Oct. 11, Nov. 11, and Dec. 13 of 2010 and Jan. 17 and Feb. 22 of 2011. There will also be a special evening session on Nov. 9, 2010. At each meeting, participants will be exposed to a different scholar and to learning about the craft of journalism, including by critiquing each other’s work. Participants in this free seminar will be expected to produce three pieces of publishable work in different genres:

• Reportage
• Cultural or Political Criticism
• An Opinion Column

Previous journalistic experience is preferred, but not required. What is necessary is demonstrable skill at writing and a proven intellectual curiosity. Previous participants have had the articles they wrote for the seminar published in the Washington Post, Jerusalem Post, Forward, Tablet, Jewcy, My Jewish Learning, and New York Jewish Week, among other venues.

To apply, please submit a half-dozen samples of your writing, preferably journalistic pieces. (Some of these can also be short fiction or academic papers.) In addition, please send a resume, two letters of recommendation and two short essays, each running between 700-1000: one on your own Jewish life and another on your goals as a writer. The entire package should be sent to: Samuel G. Freedman, Columbia Journalism School, 2950 Broadway, New York, NY 10027.

The deadline for applications is Sept. 5. The selection of candidates will be completed by September 20. For additional information, contact Samuel Freedman at

Revisiting Early July

Wednesday, July 28, 2010 | Permalink

Posted by Naomi Firestone-Teeter

Oops! Missed two great posts on Jewcy and Tablet from earlier in July…better late than never:

The New Era of Israeli Literature

The case for more literature translated into English ought to be a no-brainer, but as it stands, only a little over 3% of all books published in the United States are works in translation. That’s a fact that constantly astonishes, and I’ve never been able to come up with a solid reason as to why that stays true…

Your Jewish Fall Fiction Preview

Drawing on the categories Most Anticipated, The One You’re Most Likely To Read, Most Charming, Longest, Most Tablet Magazine-y, Most Israeli, Most Park Slope, etc., Tablet offers ten new novels you should know about.

The Other Other Singer

Wednesday, July 28, 2010 | Permalink

Posted by Naomi Firestone-Teeter

After spending the last few days up at the National Yiddish Book Center, it’s only fitting that we would be drawn to an article on one of the Singer siblings, published yesterday in The New Republic‘s online review.

Some of you may remember our post last year on the reissue of Esther Singer Kreitman’s The Dance of the Demons: A Novel , “The Other Singer”, which you can find here.

Now, as the reissue of The Brothers Ashkenazi draws near (fall, Other Press), Rebecca Newberger Goldstein sheds light on the older brother of Isaac Bashevis Singer (I.B. Singer), Israel Joshua Singer (I.J. Singer). As Goldstein points out, ironically, while the two brothers lived, it was I.J. who was famous, while Isaac “languished darkly in his internal contradictions and his older brother’s shadow.” She goes on to examine I.J.’s political engagement and interest in Western civilization (rather than the era of the Talmud), as well as his stories and his role in his brother’s path to publication.

Read the full article in The Book: The Online Review of The New Republic here

Ah, another troll-fighting 11-year-old Orthodox Jewish girl

Wednesday, July 28, 2010 | Permalink

Posted by Naomi Firestone-Teeter

Just got wind (thanks Lisa Silverman!) of this new book, due out in November from Amulet Books: Hereville: How Mirka Got Her Sword (Barry Deutsch).

Hereville started as a web comic and is about an eleven-year-old girl in an Orthodox Jewish community, and she imagines fighting dragons and she wants to train to do this. She ends up meeting a witch and troll and finally getting a sword that she can use to fight dragons. Yes, we agree, it sounds awesome.

Read more about the book on the author’s website:

Book Trailer for The Thieves of Manhattan

Wednesday, July 28, 2010 | Permalink

Posted by Naomi Firestone-Teeter

Adam Langer’s book trailer for his newest novel, The Thieves of Manhattan: