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Good Girls, Nasty Women: Gender and American Jewish History

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 | Permalink

Posted by Nat Bernstein

Great news for those of you who couldn't make it to "Good Girls, Nasty Women: Gender and American Jewish History" last month: a recording of the full conversation with Lynn Povich, Bonnie S. Anderson, and Rebecca Traister is now available for viewing online.

On March 28, 2017, Jewish Book Council and Jewish Women's Archive hosted a conversation with feminist writers Bonnie Anderson, Lynn Povich, and Rebecca Traister about the women behind history's great revolutions and contemporary movements—from the activists of America's Antebellum to the women's liberation stirrings of the midcentury to today's "nasty" women—as part of the third season of Jewish Book Council’s Unpacking the Book: Jewish Writers in Conversation series at The Jewish Museum, moderated by Bari Weiss of The Wall Street Journal.

You can find out more about the authors' books by clicking the book covers below—and be sure to download the BOOK CLUB GUIDE to all three titles to discuss these books with your reading group!

Will you be in New York on May 3rd? Join Jewish Book Council for our final event in the 2017 season, a conversation with the 2017 Sami Rohr Prize Fellows: Paul Goldberg, Idra Novey, Adam Ehrlich Sachs, Rebecca Schiff, and Daniel Torday. Click the button below to register for the discussion and award ceremony!


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Candlestick Readings and Book Club

Friday, April 30, 2010 | Permalink

Posted by Naomi Firestone-Teeter


If you live in NY (or happen to be stopping by) check out this great new series out in Brooklyn:

Candlestick Reading Series & Club is a series of literary get-togethers where writers apply their craft to the age-old question of the meaning of Jewish life.

These poets, bloggers, novelists, and storytellers call themselves Jewish, but what does that make their writing? Candlestick Readings shed light on the conundrum of calling a Jewish person’s work Jewish. Especially in an era when growing up Jewish means laughing with Larry David, taking a free trip to Israel, and trading in stereotypes, it might seem like there’s not much to say. But, there is. And here we are.

At the reading series, writers, performers, and musicians share the stage.

At the book club we read and discuss established Jewish voices, like Jakov lind, Elkin, Roth, Eisenberg, Babel, Brodkey, etc.

All events are free, open to the public, and in Brooklyn, New York.

Candlestick Readings was inspired by a fondness for literature, active writers and artists, a desire to read Jewish writing in a group, and an opportunity provided by Birthright Israel NEXT/Natan Grants for Social Entrepreneurs.

Email: candlestickreadings@gmail.com

Please suggest readers, book club books, ideas. Send your work if you’re interested in reading.

The first reading on May 11 is at Pete’s Candy Store, 709 Lorimer, Brooklyn. The reading will include Melissa Broder (find her blog posts here), Jason Diamond, Joshua Cohen (stay tuned for his blog posts later this month), and Fiona Maazel, with music by Rueben Chess.

The first book club will be held of June 15th and will be led by Joshua Cohen. Read the book (Landscape in Concrete) and stay tuned for more details here.

Att New Yorkers: Yiderati reading series

Tuesday, April 27, 2010 | Permalink

Posted by Naomi Firestone-Teeter

Ohhh…this one looks fun. Don’t miss it! It’s on May 18th, 07:00PM – 08:00PM at The Strand.

Jewcy Magazine will host the inaugural installment of its new reading series, The Yiderati. The Yiderati is a reading series dedicated to showcasing the work of the new generation of Jewish writers.

Join us as we welcome Rachel ShukertSam Apple and Jami Attenberg at this special event hosted by Jewcy Editor-in-Chief Jason Diamond.

Can’t make it to the event? You can order signed copies of the authors’ books here.

Literary Events in Israel

Monday, November 16, 2009 | Permalink

Posted by Naomi Firestone-Teeter

Upcoming events from the Shaindy Rudoff Graduate Program in Creative Writing:

Tues. and Wed. December 8-9, 2009 at Bar-Ilan University, Beck Auditorium

From Creation to Creative Writing: The Bible and Literature, An International Literary Conference with prize-winning authors Dara Horn and Rodger Kamenetz.
Free and open to the public.
Visit www.darahorn.com and www.rodgerkamenetz.com.

Wed. December 16, 2009 7 PM at The Stern House, Yemin Moshe, Jerusalem

Prize-winning American poet Alicia Ostriker reads from her book The Mother/Child Papers, a feminist affirmation of motherhood and peace.

Visit www.rci.rutgers.edu/~ostriker/home.htm

Cost: NIS 30/20 (SR students) Seating limited to 25.

Register at judylabensohn@gmail.com

Five Wednesdays: December 23, 30, 2009, Jan. 6, 13, 20, 2010 7:15-8:45 PM at The Stern House, Yemin Moshe, Jerusalem

Sparks of Creativity, a writing workshop with Yonatan Udren

Udren will explore Judaism’s connection to creative writing through the writings of Rav Chaim of Volozhen, HaRav Kook, the Ishbitzer Rebbe, Rav Nachman and Ba’al HaTanya. A graduate of the writing program at Bar-Ilan, Udren is in his final year in the rabbinical seminary at Yeshivat Hamivtar in Efrat. He wrote an internationally syndicated column for the Jewish Telegraphic Agency for several years and currently writes a Torah blog, “Sparks from the Fire,” for Arutz Sheva.

Cost: NIS 30 per session or NIS 120 for all five. (For SR students and alums NIS 20/NIS 80 for all five.) Seating limited to 18.

Register at judylabensohn@gmail.com

More on the Shaindy Rudoff Graduate Program

NYC Summer Literary Events

Wednesday, June 17, 2009 | Permalink

Posted by Naomi Firestone-Teeter

This Summer’s Jewish Week Literary Summer Series kicks off on June 30th at Congregation Rodeph Shalom.The first in a three-part series is “Uncommon Conversations: How an Italian Catholic mobster from Queens and an African-American atheist from Harlem found their way to Orthodox Judaism.” The event features two NETWORK authors: Ernest Adams, author of From Ghetto to Ghetto: An African American Journey to Judaism (2009-2010 NETWORK) and Louis Ferrante, author of Unlocked: The Life and Crimes of a Mafia Insider(2008-2009 NETWORK). The event will be moderated by Jewish Week book critic Sandee Brawarsky.

The program begins at 7PM, followed by a reception and book-signing. Although the event is FREE, reservations are suggested (events@jewishweek.org).


Scribblers on the Roof is celebrating its TENTH Season! Every Monday of the Summer, from 8PM to 10PM, on the roof of Ansche Chesed you can to hear Jewish fiction writers read from their recent work. This year’s line up includes Benjamin Taylor (The Book of Getting Even) and Michael Greenberg (Hurry Down Sunshine) on June 22, Joshua Halberstam (A Seat at the Table) and Dara Horn (All Other Nights) on June 29th, Rohr Prize Finalists Elisa Albert (The Book of Dahlia) and Anya Ulinich (Petropolis) on July 6th, Eileen Pollack (In the Mouth) and Nelly Reifler (See Through) on July 13th, Sol Stein (The Magician) and Binnie Kirshenbaum (The Scenic Route) on July 20th, Rivka Galchen (Atmospheric Disturbances) and Diana Spechler (Who By Fire) on July 27th, and Darin Strauss (More Than It Hurts You) and 2009 Sami Rohr Prize Winner Sana Krasikov (One More Year) on August 10th.

This event is at:

Ansche Chesed
251 W. 100th Street
(betw. West End Ave. & B’way)
New York, NY 10025
(212) 865-0600

(For all of you non-New Yorkers, if you hear about an interesting Jewish literary event in your area, or elsewhere around the country, please feel free to add your information here.)