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30 Days, 30 Authors: Elizabeth Poliner

Friday, November 25, 2016 | Permalink

Celebrate Jewish Book Month with #30days30authors! JBC invited an author to share thoughts on #JewLit every day for the next 30 days. Watch, enjoy, and discover new books to read!

 

Elizabeth Poliner is the author of the recently published novel, As Close to Us as Breathing (Lee Boudreaux Books / Little Brown), which is an Amazon “Best Books of 2016 So Far” for fiction/literature. She has also published a novel-in-stories, Mutual Life & Casualty, and a poetry collection, What You Know in Your Hands. Her stories and poems have appeared in numerous literary journals, including the Kenyon Review, Southern Review, Prairie Schooner, and Colorado Review. A recipient of seven individual artist grants from the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities, she has also received fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and the Wurlitzer Foundation. She teaches in the MFA program at Hollins University.

 

 

30 Days, 30 Authors: Adam Kirsch

Thursday, November 24, 2016 | Permalink

Celebrate Jewish Book Month with #30days30authors! JBC invited an author to share thoughts on #JewLit every day for the next 30 days. Watch, enjoy, and discover new books to read!

 

Adam Kirsch is a poet and critic. He is the author of nine books, including Benjamin Disraeli, Why Trilling Matters, and most recently The People and the Books: 18 Classics of Jewish Literature. He is director of the master's program in Jewish Studies at Columbia University and a regular contributor to Tablet, the New Yorker, and the New York Review of Books.

      

 

30 Days, 30 Authors: Recap

Wednesday, December 16, 2015 | Permalink

Over the course of Jewish Book Month, 30 leading authors shared writing advice, book recommendations, and their ideal Jewish literary dinner companions (Missed a day? Catch all of the authors' videos here). So who did Alice Hoffman, Etgar Keret, Dara Horn, Bruce Feiler and more choose? And who were the most popular dinner guests? 

Complete list of #30days30authors literary dinner guests (that doubles as an amazing reading list!): 

Abraham Joshua Heschel Geraldine Brooks Lore Segal
Adam and Eve Gertrude Stein Maimonides
Adelle Waldman Gluckl of Hamlin Margot Frank
Amos Elon God Marilyn Hirsch
Amy Bloom Grace Paley Mel Brooks
Andrea Dworkin Groucho Marx Melanie Landau
Ari Shavit Hannah Senesh Milton Steinberg
Arnold Lobel Harold Brodky Moses
author of book of Jonah Haviva Ner David Natalya Ginzburg
Avraham ibn Ezra Heinrich Heine Nora Ephron
Bartholomew (Nathaniel) Herman Wouk Norman Mailer
Baruch Spinoza Isaac Babel Philip Roth
Bernard Malamud Isaac Bashevis Singer Philip Roth and Nathan Zuckerman
Bill Watterson Isaac Rosenberg Proust
Bruno Schulz JD Salinger Rachel Adler
Carl Reiner Jeremiah Rebecca Goldstein
Chaim Potok Jesus Shalom Auslander
Daniel Mendelsohn Joan Nathan Sholem Aleichem
Danya Ruttenberg John Simon (Peter)
Daphne Merkin Jon Stewart Susan Weidman Schneider
David Adler Joseph Heller Susan Weiss
David Duchovny Judith Hauptman Sydney Taylor
David Grossman Judith Plaskow Tamar Ross
Deborah Eisenberg Judith Shulevitz Thaddeus (Jude)
Deborah Orenstein Judith Viorst Tom Segev
DM Pinkwater Judy Blume Tova Hartman
E.L Konigsburg Judy Dick Trina Schart Hyman
Edith Perlman Julie Orringer Vassily Grossman
Eric Kimmel Karl Marx Victor Frankl
Esther Hautzig King David Woody Allen
Etgar Keret Larry Gelbart You, the Reader
Franz Kafka Leon Uris
 

30 Day, 30 Authors: The List

Tuesday, December 08, 2015 | Permalink

Over the course of Jewish Book Month, 30 amazing authors shared their ideal literary dinner guests, writing advice, book summary tweets and more for our 30 Days, 30 Authors celebration. Enjoy the full roster of author videos here (listed in alphabetical order):

30 Days, 30 Authors: Alice Hoffman

Saturday, December 05, 2015 | Permalink
Celebrate Jewish Book Month with #30days30authors! In honor of the 90th anniversary of Fanny Goldstein's tribute to Jewish books in the West End's branch of the Boston Public Library, Jewish Book Council invited 30 leading authors, one for each day of the month, to answer a few questions.




Alice Hoffman is the author of more than thirty works of fiction, including The Marriage of Opposites, Practical Magic, The Red Garden, the Oprah’s Book Club selection Here on Earth, The Museum of Extraordinary Things, and The Dovekeepers. She lives near Boston.

     

30 Days, 30 Authors: Aviya Kushner

Friday, December 04, 2015 | Permalink
Celebrate Jewish Book Month with #30days30authors! In honor of the 90th anniversary of Fanny Goldstein's tribute to Jewish books in the West End's branch of the Boston Public Library, Jewish Book Council invited 30 leading authors, one for each day of the month, to answer a few questions.



Aviya Kushner's first book, The Grammar of God: A Journey Into the Words and Worlds of the Bible (Spiegel & Grau/Random House 2015), is about the intense experience of reading the Bible in English after an entire life of reading it in Hebrew. 

Once an International Jerusalem Post columnist, her writing has also appeared in The Gettysburg Review, Gulf Coast, Partisan Review, Poets & Writers, A Public Space, The Wilson Quarterly, and Zoetrope: All-Story

She is currently an associate professor of Creative Writing at Columbia College Chicago, and a contributing editor at A Public Space as well as a mentor for the National Yiddish Book Center.


30 Days, 30 Authors: Seth M. Siegel

Thursday, December 03, 2015 | Permalink
Celebrate Jewish Book Month with #30days30authors! In honor of the 90th anniversary of Fanny Goldstein's tribute to Jewish books in the West End's branch of the Boston Public Library, Jewish Book Council invited 30 leading authors, one for each day of the month, to answer a few questions.


Seth M. Siegel is a writer, activist, and successful serial entrepreneur. Siegel is the author of the book Let There Be Water: Israel’s Solution For A Water-Starved World, released by St. Martin’s Press in September, 2015. His essays on water and other policy issues have appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, among other leading publications. Siegel is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.



30 Days, 30 Authors: Matti Friedman

Wednesday, December 02, 2015 | Permalink
Celebrate Jewish Book Month with #30days30authors! In honor of the 90th anniversary of Fanny Goldstein's tribute to Jewish books in the West End's branch of the Boston Public Library, Jewish Book Council invited 30 leading authors, one for each day of the month, to answer a few questions.



Matti Friedman’s work as a reporter has taken him from Lebanon to Morocco, Cairo, Moscow and Washington, D.C., and to conflicts in Israel and the Caucasus. He grew up in Toronto and lives in Jerusalem. The Aleppo Codex, his first book, was published in May 2012 by Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill. It won the 2014 Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish literature, was selected as one of Booklist’s top ten religion books of the year, was awarded the American Library Association’s Sophie Brody Medal and the Canadian Jewish Book Award for history, and was a finalist in the Religion Newswriters Association’s award for best book of the year. Editions have been published or are pending in Israel, Australia, Holland, France, Germany, the Czech Republic, Russia and South Korea. 

 His second book, Pumpkinflowers: A War Story, will be published by Algonquin Books in April, 2016.


30 Days, 30 Authors: Molly Antopol

Tuesday, December 01, 2015 | Permalink
Celebrate Jewish Book Month with #30days30authors! In honor of the 90th anniversary of Fanny Goldstein's tribute to Jewish books in the West End's branch of the Boston Public Library, Jewish Book Council invited 30 leading authors, one for each day of the month, to answer a few questions.


Molly Antopol’s debut story collection, The UnAmericans, won the New York Public Library’s Young Lions Fiction Award, a “5 Under 35” Award from the National Book Foundation, the California Book Award Silver Medal and the Ribalow Prize. The book was longlisted for the National Book Award and was a finalist for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction, the Barnes & Noble Discover Award, the National Jewish Book Award, the Sami Rohr Prize and the Edward Lewis Wallant Award. It appeared on over a dozen year-end lists and will be published in seven countries. Her writing has appeared in many journals and magazines and won a 2015 O. Henry Prize. She’s the recipient of a Radcliffe Institute Fellowship at Harvard and a Stegner Fellowship at Stanford, where she currently teaches.

 

30 Days, 30 Authors: Thane Rosenbaum

Monday, November 30, 2015 | Permalink
Celebrate Jewish Book Month with #30days30authors! In honor of the 90th anniversary of Fanny Goldstein's tribute to Jewish books in the West End's branch of the Boston Public Library, Jewish Book Council invited 30 leading authors, one for each day of the month, to answer a few questions.

Thane Rosenbaum is the author of the critically acclaimed novels, How Sweet It Is!, The Stranger Within Sarah Stein, The Golems of Gotham, Second Hand Smoke, and the novel-in-stories, Elijah Visible, which received the Edward Lewis Wallant Award for the best book of Jewish American fiction. He is also the author of three books of nonfiction, including The Myth of Moral Justice. His articles, reviews and essays appear frequently in many national publications including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, the Huffington Post, and the Daily Beast, among other national publications. He is a Distinguished Fellow at New York University School of Law where he directs the Forum on Law, Culture & Society. For more information visit http://www.thanerosenbaum.com/.