Post­ed by Nao­mi Firestone-Teeter

Received this lit­tle guy in the mail today and fell for the cov­er, paper qual­i­ty, and inte­ri­or page lay­out. It’s clear­ly been shown some TLC from its pub­lish­er, Ronald P. Frye & Com­pa­ny. Unfor­tu­nate­ly, it appears to only be avail­able in Cana­da right now, but cross­ing fin­gers for an Amer­i­can release soon.

An old blue couch is heist­ed away by neigh­bour­hood thieves; a com­forter from Poland under­goes a new util­i­tar­i­an trans­for­ma­tion; a prayer­shawl may have end­ed up on the wrong shoul­ders; a syn­a­gogue kid­dush club faces a cri­sis of whiskey drought — these and oth­er sit­u­a­tions give rise to humourous and hilar­i­ous predica­ments for the char­ac­ters in this col­lec­tion of endear­ing and deli­cious­ly com­ic sto­ries. The Old Blue Couch and Oth­er Sto­ries, for both its warmth and wit, mer­its an hon­oured place at the lit­er­ary ban­quet table.

Orig­i­nal­ly from Lan­cast­er, Penn­syl­va­nia, Nao­mi is the CEO of Jew­ish Book Coun­cil. She grad­u­at­ed from Emory Uni­ver­si­ty with degrees in Eng­lish and Art His­to­ry and, in addi­tion, stud­ied at Uni­ver­si­ty Col­lege Lon­don. Pri­or to her role as exec­u­tive direc­tor, Nao­mi served as the found­ing edi­tor of the JBC web­site and blog and man­ag­ing edi­tor of Jew­ish Book World. In addi­tion, she has over­seen JBC’s dig­i­tal ini­tia­tives, and also devel­oped the JBC’s Vis­it­ing Scribe series and Unpack­ing the Book: Jew­ish Writ­ers in Conversation.