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Book Cover of the Week: The Kraus Project

Thursday, October 03, 2013 | Permalink

Posted by Naomi Firestone-Teeter

In The Kraus Project: Essays by Karl Kraus, Jonathan Franzen gives new voice to the great nineteenth-century European critic Karl Kraus. Followed by figures such as Franz Kafka and Walter Benjamin, Kraus was a Viennese satirist who is largely forgotten today. Until now. Jonathan Franzen's latest work not only includes new translations of Kraus's work, but also his own annotations, context, and contemporary connections—an important addition to your fall reading list. The Kraus Project was published this week by Farrar, Straus and Giroux:

 

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Book Cover of the Week: Pascin by Joann Sfar

Wednesday, September 25, 2013 | Permalink

Posted by Naomi Firestone-Teeter

Joann Sfar's biography of the Jewish modernist painter Pascin (Julius Mordecai Pincas) will soon be available in the U.S. with a translation by Edward Gauvin. Uncivilized Books will publish the title on October 15th.

The U.S. cover is on the left:

    

The French edition was published as six separate books (I could only find 5 covers), which are particularly lovely as a set:

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Book Cover of the Week: The Collected Stories of Stefan Zweig

Tuesday, August 06, 2013 | Permalink

Posted by Naomi Firestone-Teeter

This irresistible collection of stories by Stefan Zweig (translated by Anthea Bell) will be published by Pushkin Press in November (seriously: beautiful on the inside and beautiful on the outside):

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Book Cover of the Week: The Gallery of Vanished Husbands

Friday, July 26, 2013 | Permalink

Posted by Naomi Firestone-Teeter

Past Twitter Book Club author Natasha Solomons's new novel, The Gallery of Vanished Husbands, will be published in August by Plume.  In the meantime, enjoy the UK version of the cover below (designed by Jim Tierney) and check out some of her other titles here.

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Book Cover of the Week: Elie Wiesel

Wednesday, July 17, 2013 | Permalink

Posted by Naomi Firestone-Teeter

Elie Wiesel: Jewish, Literary, and Moral Perspectives (Steven T. Katz and Alan Rosen, eds.), published by Indiana University Press in May, explores the various aspects of Wiesel's multifacted career, including his texts on "the Bible, the Talmud, and Hasidism as well as his literary works, his teaching, and his testimony." We asked Janet Rabinowitch, former director of IU Press, to share the backstory behind the painting on the book's cover: 

Artist Mark Podwal’s jacket painting depicts works by Elie Wiesel. The works illustrated, as described by Podwal, are, from left to right and row by row: One Generation After (a story about a watch belonging to EW that was buried in Sighet); The Oath (about a burned shtetl); The Jews of Silence (Russian Jewry); Souls on Fire (Rabbi Nachman’s chair); King Solomon and His Magic Ring (a pomegranate, based on one of Podwal’s illustrations for an edition of this work); Ani Maamin (a shofar, since one of the 10 reasons the shofar is sounded is that one day it will sound when the Messiah comes); A Beggar in Jerusalem; Night; Messengers of God (a Torah); The Golem (Prague’s Altneuschul); and A Passover Haggadah.. The original painting was commissioned by Chapman University as a gift to Elie Wiesel. It hangs framed in his home.


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Book Cover of the Week: La Famille Middlestein

Wednesday, July 10, 2013 | Permalink
Posted by Naomi Firestone-Teeter

A little foreign edition book cover love today. Presenting the French cover of Jami Attenberg's The Middlesteins:



Find book club discussion questions for The Middlsteins and Jami's blog posts for the Visiting Scribe here.

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Book Cover of the Week: Some Day

Tuesday, June 18, 2013 | Permalink

Posted by Naomi Firestone-Teeter

New Vessel Press, an independent publishing house founded in NYC last year, is about to release their first six titles. Specializing in the translation of foreign literature into English, one of their first books is Some Day by Israeli novelist, film director, and screenwriter Shemi Zarhin. The work, translated by Yardenne Greenspan, will be published this fall. Read more about the Some Day here.

Bonus: The designer of Some Day's cover is none other than Liana Finck, this past year's Jewish Book Month poster designer and past Visiting Scribe. Can't say I'm surprised.


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Book Cover of the Week: The New Persian Kitchen

Thursday, April 25, 2013 | Permalink

Posted by Naomi Firestone-Teeter

JBC Network author Louisa Shafia returns with her latest cookbook, The New Persian Kitchen (Ten Speed Press). If this one is anything like her last (she published the mouthwatering Lucid Food in 2009), you won't be disappointed. 

Tip: I was lucky enough to take a great cooking class with Louisa several years ago (and hoping for round two this year). If she's visiting a city near you, it's a must.


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Book Cover of the Week: Zinsky the Obscure

Wednesday, April 17, 2013 | Permalink

Posted by Naomi Firestone-Teeter

Out this week: Ilan Mochari's debut novel Zinsky the Obscure. Read more about Ilan Mochari here and find the book's official website here.


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Book Cover of the Week: The Book of Schmaltz

Tuesday, April 09, 2013 | Permalink

Posted by Naomi Firestone-Teeter

Michael Ruhlman's The Book of Schmaltz: Love Song of a Forgotten Fat, which is currently available for iPads, will be published as an old school (hardcover) cookbook by Little, Brown in August:


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