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JBC and Jewcy's Twitter Book Club

Thursday, October 11, 2012 | Permalink

Posted by Naomi Firestone-Teeter

Big news! JBC is pleased to announced a new partner in our Twitter Book Club series: Jewcy. We've heard from some great authors over the past two years, including Dara Horn, Jennifer Gilmore, David Bezmozgis, Deborah Lipstadt, Nathan Englander, Adam Wilson, and Joshua Henkin, and are excited to continue to bring you great conversation around Jewish literature in collaboration with Jewcy. Check out our October, November, and December book club picks here.

If you're not already familiar with Jewcy, you should head over there right now. They produce some fantastic content, including interesting pieces on Jewish literature, and Jews on literature. We've compiled a few highlights, but be sure to browse their site for more:

Fall Books you should read (or read about)

Jacob Silverman on Gabriel García Márquez and Memory 

Joe Winkler on making Sense of Deborah Feldman and Post-Hasidim Memoirs

Hashtag Update: JBC's Twitter Book Club, which has been running since 2010 under #JBCBooks, will now be using the hashtag #JLit. It's easy to follow the conversation and participate:  At the designated time, just search #JLit in your Twitter feed to follow along, and use #JLit at the end of any question or comment you want to throw into the mix. Simple as that. (More info can be found here.)

Tonight’s the Night

Wednesday, July 06, 2011 | Permalink

Posted by Naomi Firestone-Teeter

…for the JBC, Jewcy, and Vol. 1 Brooklyn Sholem Aleichem party in honor of the new documentary Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness.

The event will be at (le) poisson rouge from 7:30PM-10:30PM and will feature readings from Laurie Gwen Shapiro, Matthue Roth, Rachel Shukert, Jeremy Dauber, Joanna Smith Rakoff, and Jonathan and Adam Wilson. Read more about the event here.

And, starting THIS FRIDAY you can catch the documentary over at Lincoln Plaza (NYC). More details below:

Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness
Directed by Joseph Dorman

Opening at Lincoln Plaza Cinema on July 8th
With screenings daily through July 14th

Tickets & show times:
More info:

A riveting portrait of the great writer whose stories became the basis of the Broadway musical Fiddler on the RoofSholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness tells the tale of the rebellious genius who created an entirely new literature. Plumbing the depths of a Jewish world locked in crisis and on the cusp of profound change, he captured that world with brilliant humor. Sholem Aleichem was not just a witness to the creation of a modern Jewish identity, but one of the very men who forged it.

“Sometimes it’s difficult to remember that icons are people, too, especially when you first meet that icon in your childhood. As Joseph Dorman demonstrates in this brilliantly absorbing documentary, however, Sholem Aleichem was most definitely a person—a dandy and a stock market gambler who did not teach his own children to speak Yiddish, wildly popular with the Eastern Europeans whose lives he memorialized but utterly unable to capture the imagination of the American Jews he came to despise. Rounding out the portrait even more, Dorman does a magnificent job of explicating the historical context in which Sholem Aleichem worked. Plus the still photography is to die for.” - Judith Gelman Myers, Hadassah Magazine

Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness had its premiere at the 2011 Film Society of Lincoln Center’s New York Jewish Film Festival, a presentation of The Jewish Museum and the Film Society of Lincoln Center.

The Greatest Yiddish Literature Party Ever

Monday, June 20, 2011 | Permalink

Posted by Naomi Firestone-Teeter

Yep, that’s right…the GREATEST Yiddish Literature Party EVER…brought to you by your friends at the Jewish Book CouncilVol. 1 Brooklyn, and Jewcy in honor of the new film Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness by Joseph Dorman. Join us on July 6th from 7:30PM to 10:30PM at (le) poisson rouge for readings by:

There will be (Yiddish!) drink specials (TBA) and the event is free to the public.  
Stay tuned to find out how you can win a free copy of Sholem Aleichem’s Tevye the Dairyman and Motl the Cantor’s Son.

Some helpful links:

  • Coming? Let us know on Facebook.
  • More on the film can be found here.
  • Want to check out the film? It will be shown at Lincoln Plaza Cinema starting July 8th with screenings daily through July 14th.

Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness - Trailer from Riverside Films on Vimeo.

““Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness” is an invigorating and fascinating biographical documentary that should be required viewing for anyone with a love for the written word.” 

-Phil Hall, Film Threat

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.

Nice Column, Jewcy

Thursday, March 18, 2010 | Permalink

Posted by Naomi Firestone-Teeter

Have you seen the Weekly Yiderati from Jewcy (we love the name!)?

This week’s roundup includes Allen Ginsberg, Kafkacotton, Sam Lipsyte, and more.