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2011 Sydney Taylor Book Awards Announced

Wednesday, January 12, 2011 | Permalink

Posted by Miri Pomerantz Dauber

It’s Jewish book award season! To add to this week’s list of prestigious Jewish book awards, Association of Jewish Libraries just announced the winners of the 2011 Sydney Taylor Book Award and the American Library Association announced the winner of the Sophie Brody Award.

Congrats to Jewish Book NETWORK author Judith Shulevitz for winning the Brody Award for her book, The Sabbath World: Glimpses of a Different Order of Time. It’s part memoir and part a sociological, theological, historical and anthropological exploration of the Sabbath.

The Sydney Taylor Book Award recognizes outstanding books for children and teens that authentically portray the Jewish experience, and is named for the author of the All-of-a-Kind Family series. Gold medals are presented in three categories: Younger ReadersOlder Readers, and Teen Readers. Honor Books are awarded silver medals, and Notable Books are named in each category. This year’s winners and Honor Books include a number of this year’s Jewish Book NETWORK authors, including Dana Reinhardt
 (The Things a Brother Knows), Sarah Darer Littman (Life, After), Sarah Gershman (Modeh Ani: A Good Morning Book), and Susan Lynn Meyer (Black Radishes). To see a complete list of the Sydney Taylor Book Award winners, go to the AJL blog or watch this short videoMazal tov to all the winners and honorees!

Nine Fiction Writers and the Sabbath

Friday, March 19, 2010 | Permalink

Posted by Naomi Firestone-Teeter

A wonderful piece from Tablet, prompted by Judith Shulevitz’s new book The Sabbath World: Glimpses of a Different Order of Time, which excerpts nine Jewish fiction writers on how they’ve handled the theme of the seventh day within their works. Excerpted authors included Elisa Albert, Shalom Auslander, David Bezmozgis, Nathan Englander, Tova Mirvis, Lev Raphael, Jonathan Rosen, and, of course, Philip Roth. Find the excerpts here.