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2018 Natan Book Award Finalist James Loeffler

Monday, November 13, 2017 | Permalink
James Loeffler has earned an international reputation as a rising star among Jewish historians. He is a Professor of History and Jewish Studies on the Berkowitz Family Endowed Chair at the University of Virginia and author of The Most Musical Nation: Jews and Culture in the Late Russian Empire, which won eight awards and honors. He has written widely for media outlets including The New Republic, Slate, Tablet, Time, Haaretz, and Mosaic. Among his other honors, James Loeffler was a U.S. Fulbright Fellow, a Dean’s Visiting Scholar on the Andrew Mellon New Directions Faculty Fellowship at Georgetown University Law School, a Kluge Scholar at the Library of Congress, a Robert Savitt Fellow at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, and a Fellow of the Sami Rohr Literary Institute of the Jewish Book Council.  

James's book, Rooted Cosmopolitans: Jews and Human Rights in the Twentieth Century, finalist for the 2018 Natan Book Award at the Jewish Book Council, explores the history of Jews and human rights through the lens of modern Jewish politics, charting the twisted routes traveled by the five forgotten founders of international human rights. It offers a panoramic view of a century-long drama about politics and morality in international affairs built around a series of epic events (the Holocaust, the formation of the United Nations, the creation of Israel, the Six-Day War). It will be published by Yale University Press in Spring 2018.

Read more about James's new book here.

See the full list of Natan Book Award awardees here.








2018 Natan Book Award Winner Matti Friedman

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Matti Friedman’s 2016 book Pumpkinflowers: A Soldier’s Story was chosen as a New York Times' Notable Book and as one of Amazon's 10 best books of the year. His first book, The Aleppo Codex, won the 2014 Sami Rohr Prize, the ALA Sophie Brody Medal, and other awards, and was translated into seven languages. Matti’s work as a reporter has taken him from Israel to Lebanon, Morocco, Moscow, the Caucasus, and Washington, DC, and his writing has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and elsewhere. He is a former Associated Press correspondent and a regular contributor to Tablet Magazine. He was born in Toronto and lives in Jerusalem with his family.

Matti's manuscript, Spies of No Country, winner of the 2018 Natan Book Award at the Jewish Book Council, is an account of the exploits of a small group of men who became Israel's first spies. The members of the "Arab Section" were Jews from Arab countries with blurry identities that enabled them to cross ethnic lines during wartime. Their story offers a very different take on Israel's creation and on what the country is today. It will be published in Fall 2018 by Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill.

See the full list of Natan Book Award awardees here.



2018 Natan Book Award Finalist Jeremy Dauber

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Jeremy Dauber is the Atran Professor of Yiddish Language, Literature and Culture at Columbia University. He is the author of several books on Jewish literature, including a biography of Sholem Aleichem that was a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award. He lives in New York.

Jeremy's book, Jewish Comedy: A Serious History, finalist for the 2018 Natan Book Award at the Jewish Book Council, is a celebrated scholar's rich account of Jewish Humor: its nature, its development, and its vital role throughout Jewish history. It was published in October 2017 by W.W. Norton.

Read more about Jeremy's new book here.

See the full list of Natan Book Award awardees here.