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Goodreads Choice Awards

Tuesday, December 07, 2010 | Permalink

Posted by Dani Crickman

Goodreads, the largest social network for readers (over 4 million members), has opened the polls for its 2010 readers’ choice awards. Out of the 47 million books added to the site in 2010, Goodreads has selected 15 in 23 categories, based on user ratings and popularity stats.

Mitchell James Kaplan, a Jewish Book NETWORK author and recent guest for our Twitter Book Club, has had his book nominated! By Fire, By Water, Kaplan’s debut novel set in Inquisition-era Spain, is up for best Historical Fiction.

Voting is open until the end of the month.

Twitter Book Club: By Fire, By Water

Thursday, August 05, 2010 | Permalink

Posted by Dani Crickman

Join the Jewish Book Council and author Mitchell James Kaplan in a discussion of the novel By Fire, By Water on Wednesday, September 15th, 2010 12:30 pm- 1:10 pm!

About this month’s JBC Twitter Twunch and Talk selection:

In his thrilling debut novel, By Fire, By Water, Mitchell James Kaplan brings to life three simultaneous, cataclysmic historical events: the Spanish Inquisition, the reconquest of Granada by Ferdinand and Isabella, and Columbus’s voyage to America. At the center of these events was a real-life historical figure: Luis de Santángel. He was a chancellor to the royal court, friend and financier of Christopher Columbus, and born to a family ofconversos–Jewish converts to Christianity. As Santángel witnesses his family, friends, and associates succumb one by one to the horrors of the Inquisition, he must navigate a world of intrigue, betrayal, and bloodshed before he can find redemption. Amidst a high-stakes story of some of history’s most enduring figures, Kaplan weaves a personal and timely tale of one man’s religious identity and awakening.

Impeccably researched and tightly woven, By Fire, By Water is popular historical fiction of the highest order. Kaplan has crafted a page-turner of intelligence and deep emotion: rich, dramatic, suspenseful, and wholly immersive.

Visit Mitchell James Kaplan’s website for more.

Be sure to keep a close eye on @JewishBook on Twitter throughout the month of August for your chance to win a FREE copy of the book!

What is a Twitter Book Club?

A twitter book club provides the opportunity for twitter users to engage in real time conversation about a particular, predetermined book. The “Twunch and Talk” aims to provide the tweeple with an opportunity to discuss Jewish interest titles with other interested readers electronically.

To participate…

If you aren’t already a Twitter user, please join twitter here. (Confused about Twitter all together? Visit the twitter twitorial. Follow the Jewish Book Council (@jewishbook). During the designated time and date of the “Twunch and Talk” (def Twunch: A loosely organized open invitation lunch meeting among twitter friends) follow the book club conversation by searching for #JBCBooks. If you would like to actively participate, please include #JBCBooks at the end of any comments or questions you wish to contribute.

(Note: New twitter users may have to wait up to a week before their tweets get saved in hashtag searches. Open a twitter account at least a week and a half before this discussion in order to join us!)

Read transcripts from past book clubs.

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