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R.Crumb Does Genesis

Thursday, March 26, 2009 | Permalink

Posted by Naomi Firestone-Teeter

R. Crumb has finished his “Genesis Project,” a graphic novel projected for this Fall as reported by GalleyCat.

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Crumb Newsletter

R. Crumb Website


A Passover Service for the Impatient

Thursday, March 26, 2009 | Permalink

Posted by Naomi Firestone-Teeter

We know you’ve been waiting for this one…The Two-Minute Haggadah.

Erika Dreifus and Short Stories

Tuesday, March 24, 2009 | Permalink

Posted by Naomi Firestone-Teeter

At last week’s Jewish Fiction Writers’ Conference at the 92nd Street Y, Erika Dreifus shared her knowledge on publishing Jewish short stories with the participants. On her blog My Machberet, she shares the 11 publications whose editors supplied her with information and confirmed their interest in such work.


Erika Dreifus lectures at the 2009 Jewish Fiction Writers’ Conference

More on Sana From Around the Web…

Tuesday, March 24, 2009 | Permalink

Posted by Naomi Firestone-Teeter

Sana blogs for the Jewish Book Council here.

Sana on the Largehearted Boy: In the Book Notes series, authors create and discuss a music playlist that is in some way relevant to their recently published books . . here

Interview with Sana on The Short Review here.

Sana on Reading for Pleasure here.

Sana on the Leonard Lopate Show here.

Sana’s Immigrant Song: In 1860, just before the start of the Civil War, Ulysses S. Grant was leading a quiet—by some accounts, despondent—life in rural Illinois, working as a clerk at a leather store…here.

Sana writes for The New Yorker:”The Repatriates” here.

Sana writes for The Atlantic: “Maia in Yonkers" here.

Sana writes for the Forward here.

Sana on the First Soviet-Jewish Generation:

2009 Sami Rohr Prize Winner Announced

Tuesday, March 24, 2009 | Permalink

Posted by Naomi Firestone-Teeter

Congratulations to Sana Krasikov, the 2009 Sami Rohr Prize Winner! 


A Few More Goodies from the Forward this Week…

Thursday, March 19, 2009 | Permalink

Posted by Naomi Firestone-Teeter

Nathan Burstein examines three new Haggadot for this Passover season here.

Sami Rohr Prize 2008 Choice Award Winner Ilana Blumberg reviews Avivah Zornberg’s The Murmuring Deep here.

And Gabrielle Birkner interviews David Plotz on how the Bible changed his life here.

Brandeis’s Golda

Thursday, March 19, 2009 | Permalink

Posted by Naomi Firestone-Teeter

The Jewish Week writes about the 2008 National Jewish Book Award Winner for Biography, Autobiography, and Memoir Carole Kessner and the subject of her work, Marie Syrkin, here.

Josh Lambert on MyJewishLearning

Wednesday, March 18, 2009 | Permalink

Posted by Naomi Firestone-Teeter

Josh Lambert (American Jewish Fiction: JPS Guide) writes on “Judging a Book by More than Its Cover: Charting the Landscape of American Jewish Literature–125 books at a time” for MyJewishLearning.com (we love the new site design!) here.

And Lambert is is building a comprehensive bibliography of American Jewish fiction on the web…check it out here: www.AmericanJewishFiction.com

Stayed tuned for an article by Lambert in the Summer issue of Jewish Book World

Reissue of Note

Wednesday, March 18, 2009 | Permalink

Posted by Naomi Firestone-Teeter

This June Black Sparrow Books will reissue Charles Reznikoff’s first novel By the Waters of Manhattan, including an introduction by Phillip Lopate. By the Waters of Manhattan was first published in 1930 in New York and is the story of a Jewish immigrant family at the turn on the century, based in part on his mother’s autobiography of her life as a seamstress.

Reznikoff was one of the central figures of the modern movement in American poetry, and is considered to be the poet for whom the term Objectivist was first coined.

More on Reznikoff can be found here.

And more on By the Waters of Manhattan can be found here.

Avivah Zornberg and the ‘Biblical Unconscious’

Wednesday, March 18, 2009 | Permalink
Posted by Naomi Firestone-Teeter

An interesting interview with Avivah Zornberg on her new book The Murmuring Deep: Deep Reflections on the Biblical Unconscious, creative processes, storytelling, and connections between Jewish thought and psychoanalysis in the Forward here.