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2013 Jewish Quarterly Wingate Prize

Thursday, February 28, 2013 | Permalink

Posted by Naomi Firestone-Teeter

Congratulations to Shalom Auslander, who was just named the 2013 winner of the Jewish Quarterly Wingate Prize for his first novel Hope: A Tragedy

 “Shalom Auslander has done the unthinkable – he's smashed the biggest Jewish icon and made comedy from the ashes of our past,” says Rachel Lasserson, Editor of the Jewish Quarterly. 

 Read more about the prize here and find the complete shortlist below:


New Videos with Maurice Sendak and Shalom Auslander

Wednesday, January 25, 2012 | Permalink
Posted by Naomi Firestone-Teeter

New videos with Maurice Sendak and Shalom Auslander:

Shalom Part 1

Shalom Part 2

Maurice Sendak

Watch Out Jonathan Safran Foer and Shalom Auslander

Thursday, April 15, 2010 | Permalink

Posted by Naomi Firestone-Teeter

Joshua Cohen on the goal of his forthcoming 800-page novel, Witz:

Over Irish whiskey a few days later at the soon to be demolished Brooklyn bar Freddy’s, Mr. Cohen asked, “How’m I gonna convince people to read an 800-page book?” Especially one so drenched in death. “Dark comedy” seems an inadequate way to describe Witz. For all its gags, it was conceived with a singular aesthetic mission: to put an end to the novel of Jewish kitsch, Holocausts with happy endings. “The targets might be Michael Chabon, Jonathan Safran Foer, Shalom Auslander,” Mr. Cohen told me. “When I started this book, I wanted to sleep with their wives. By the time I finished, I wanted to sleep with their mothers.

Read the full article in The New York Observer here.

Check back the week of May 31st to read Joshua Cohen’s guest blog posts for the JBC/MJL Author Blog series.

Shalom Auslander at a Book Club Meeting

Thursday, March 04, 2010 | Permalink

Posted by Naomi Firestone-Teeter

Shalom Auslander at a book club meeting for Tabletmag

I was sitting in the upstairs lounge of a small local tavern when a dozen women of various ages strode purposefully through the doorway and quickly commandeered three tables. After pushing the tables together, they called for the waiter, and, as he brought over a pile of leather-bound menus, the women made their way to the coffee bar at the far end of the lounge. Read On.

Ah…finally…more Shalom Auslander

Thursday, January 07, 2010 | Permalink

Posted by Naomi Firestone-Teeter

As big Shalom Auslander fans over here (Beware of God and Foreskin’s Lament) we were thrilled to get this update from Tablet Mag: The Foreskin’s Lament author is at work on a new project: a comic novel about genocide. Here’s the first installment of a regular column about writing it…Read On