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60 Years of the National Book Awards

Tuesday, July 07, 2009 | Permalink

Posted by Naomi Firestone-Teeter

To celebrate the 60th year of the National Book Awards, the National Book Foundation will present a book-a-day blog on the Fiction winners from 1950 to 2008.

Application for the Goldberg Prize for Jewish Fiction by Emerging Writers

Tuesday, July 07, 2009 | Permalink

Posted by Naomi Firestone-Teeter

The Foundation for Jewish Culture’s application for the ninth annual Goldberg Prize for Emerging Writers of Jewish Fiction 2009 is now available to be downloaded; completed submissions are due July 31st by 4:00 PM.

The winner will receive a prize of $2,500 and a one-week residency at Ledig House International Writers Colony in upstate New York.

To download the application, please visit here.

Summer Book Suggestions from Jewish Week

Thursday, July 02, 2009 | Permalink

Posted by Naomi Firestone-Teeter

Jewish Week’s Book Critic Sandee Brawarsky offers some Summer book suggestions here.

A New One from the HBI Series on Jewish Women

Wednesday, July 01, 2009 | Permalink

Posted by Naomi Firestone-Teeter

Just received my June newsletter from the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute (sign up here) and it looks like they have a new addition to their series on Jewish Women. The latest title in the series is Gaby Brimmer: An Autobiography in Three Voices, which tells the story of Mexican-Jewish disability rights activist and writer Gabriela Brimmer. Brimmer (1947-2000), born with cerebral palsy, communicated largely by typing with her left foot on an electric typewriter, and by using that foot to point at letters and numbers on an “alphabet board” at the base of her wheelchair.

The story in Gaby Brimmer alternates between the voice of Gaby, her mother, Sari, and Florencia, her Mexican caregiver.

To read more about the title, visit Brandeis University Press.

Believer…Beware

Tuesday, June 30, 2009 | Permalink

Posted by Naomi Firestone-Teeter

Last year Peter Manseau made a splash as the non-Jewish author sweeping through the Jewish literary community with his work Songs for the Butcher’s Daughter (which happened to win the Jewish Book Council’s own National Jewish Book Award for Fiction). As the son of a priest and a nun, religion was clearly a fascinating subject for Manseau and, to further pursue his interest, he cofounded KillingtheBuddah.comKilling the Buddah is “a religion magazine for people made anxious by churches, people embarrassed to be caught in the “spirituality” section of a bookstore, people both hostile and drawn to talk of God.”

Coming this July (July 15th to be exact) is a collection of essays that have sprung from the pages of Killing the Buddah titled Believer, Beware: First-Person Dispatched From the Margins of Faith, written and collected by Jeff Sharlet, Peter Manseau, and the editors of Killing the Buddah (published by Beacon Press). With a set of essays that reflect the scope of religious diversity (including Orthodox Judaism, Roman Catholicism, Islam, Zen Buddhism, among others), the contributors examine what it means to believe or not believe in America in the 21st century.

Essays include:

Jew Like Me (Manseau)
Everybody has a Mother, and They All Die (Sharlet)
Sects and the City (Elizabeth Frankenberger)
Please Don’t Feed the Prophet (Daniel S. Brenner)
I Was a Prepubescent Messiah (Irina Reyn)
Dreading the Buzzer (Hasdai Westbrook)
Raised by Jews (Naomi Seidman)
The Only Jew for Miles (Gordon Haber)

This looks like it’s going to be a good one.

Paper Bridge Summer Arts Festival

Tuesday, June 30, 2009 | Permalink

Posted by Naomi Firestone-Teeter

Thanks to Erika Dreifus (My Machberet) for the heads up about the National Yiddish Book Center’s upcoming Paper Bridge Summer Arts Festival. The event is from July 12-16, 2009 and will include three special, low-cost workshops. Pre-registration is required. Workshops include “Write Your Memories,” “Translate Your Memories,” and “Preserve Your Memories.”

Other events include Nahma Sandrow (Vagabond Stars: A World History of Yiddish Theater and God, Man and Devil: Yiddish Plays in Translation) on the life and times of the Yiddish Theater, as well as an exploration of the life and work of Yiddish playwright Jacob Gordin. Films, performances, and other lectures will also be held throughout the festival. For the complete list of events, please visit here.

Rather Strange…But We Thought We’d Share

Thursday, June 25, 2009 | Permalink

Posted by Naomi Firestone-Teeter

Philip Roth laugh sample on a dance track? Yep, it exists. Read more here.

Looking for more summer reading?

Thursday, June 25, 2009 | Permalink

Posted by Miri Pomerantz Dauber

Always looking for new book recommendations? In addition to Book Seer, David Gutkowski (aka The Large Hearted Boy) has compiled a listing of over 100 different summer reading lists on his blog. You pull up lists by topic using the tags. Explore and enjoy!

The Other Singer

Wednesday, June 24, 2009 | Permalink

Posted by Naomi Firestone-Teeter

Tablet’s Sarah Weinman takes a look at the third Singer sibling, Esther Singer Kreitman, and her reissued novel: The Dance of the Demons

From the Feminist Press of CUNY’s website:

The Dance of the Demons is a major literary rediscovery. In her daring autobiographical novel, originally published in Yiddish as Der Sheydim Tanz in 1936, Kreitman vividly and lovingly depicts the world of Polish shtetls and Jewish Warsaw that many have come to know through the books of her famous literary brothers, Israel Joshua and Nobel-Prize winner Isaac Bashevis Singer. Replete with rabbis, yeshiva students, beggars, farmers, gangsters, seamstresses, and socialists, this world looks radically different through the eyes of a sister, who was I. B. Singer’s inspiration for the story “Yentl”.

More on this title can be found here.

Dear Book Seer: What Should I Read Next?

Monday, June 22, 2009 | Permalink

Posted by Naomi Firestone-Teeter

Need some book suggestions based on books you’ve just read or enjoyed reading? Check out The Book Seer. All you need to play is the name of a book you like and the author here.