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!

Miri joined the JBC team in Win­ter, 2004 upon grad­u­at­ing from Bran­deis Uni­ver­si­ty. Orig­i­nal­ly from Philadel­phia, she has lived and stud­ied in Israel and Lon­don. Pri­or to work­ing with JBC, she interned for the Jew­ish Pub­li­ca­tion Soci­ety. After sev­en years as the direc­tor of the JBC Net­work pro­gram, Miri has shift­ed her focus to book clubs, work­ing to devel­op resources to bet­ter serve book club readers.