Paper Brigade: JBC's Annual Literary Journal


Order the 2019 issue here 

Congratulations to the inaugural winner of the Paper Brigade Award for New Israeli Fiction in Honor of Jane Weitzman: Maya Arard (Our Lady of Kazan), selected by guest judge and translator Jessica Cohen. A selection from the winning title can be found in the 2019 edition of Paper Brigade.

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Jewish Book Council's annual literary magazine, Paper Brigade, is named in honor of the group of writers and intellectuals in the Vilna Ghetto who rescued thousands of Jewish books and documents from destruction by the Nazis. The publication provides a 200-page snapshot of the Jewish literary landscape in America and abroad. (Read about the original Paper Brigade here.)

Read more about the Paper Brigade Award for New Israeli Fiction in Honor of Jane Weitzman here.

The 2019/5779 issue features . . .

  • Interviews with Keith Gessen, Chloe Benjamin, and Ayelet Gundar-Goshen
  • Jane Yolen on Jewish fairy tales
  • A Jewish literary map of Italy
  • An examination of Jewish life in rural America in three parts
  • Adeena Sussman on tahini
  • Poetry by Alicia Jo Rabins
  • A Pornoy's Complaint advice column
  • Pamela Nadell shares a brief history of the first Jewish women's book club in America 
  • Beautiful photography, comics, and fiction
  • . . . and more!

Praise for earlier editions

"A mix of literary criticism, author interviews, excerpts from upcoming books, poetry, photography, and more, the journal is a neat package of chicken soup for the literary Jewish soul."—The Forward

"A smart and gorgeous treat"—Tablet Magazine

Plus, read Tablet Magazine's five reasons to get excited about the 2018/5778 issue here.

"The 2017 issue just came out, and it’s so incredible."—Kveller

Each edition of Paper Brigade is $25.00 including shipping within the continental US; an order outside the continental US is $36.00. Please click on the appropriate PayPal link below. To receive assistance with placing your order, please contact Becca Kantor (

Read more about a special add-on package here.

Interested in advertising in the 2020 issue (publishing December 2019)? Click here.  

Paper Brigade continental US orders - $25


Paper Brigade orders outside the continental US - $36


 Past Issues  
  The 2018/5778 issue features . . .
  • Interviews with Nicole Krauss, Stephen Tobolowsky, and Chris Kraus
  • Contributions from Dara Horn and Rabbi David Wolpe 
  • A Jewish literary map of Latin America
  • A look into golems—both warlike and peaceful
  • Fiction by Bella Shaier, Adrienne Sharp, and Alejandro Jodorowsky
  • Roz Chast and Hank Azaria on the Jewish characters they'd most like to be
  • Francine Klagsbrun on writing the biography of Golda Meir
  • Beautiful photography, comics, and original poetry
  • . . . and more!
  The 2017/5777 issue features . . .
  • An interview with Jonathan Safran Foer
  • An exploration of Israeli crime fiction
  • Etgar Keret and Ann Goldstein on translation
  • A history of Yiddish pulp fiction
  • Art Spiegelman and Maira Kalman on the first Jewish books they fell in love with
  • Beautiful photography and excerpts from forthcoming novels
  • . . . and more!

Special Add-On Book Package Offer (Continental US Shipping) - $61

Looking for the perfect gift? Just looking to treat yourself?

With this package, you will receive a copy of your selected edition of Paper Brigade as well as a special three-pack of staff picks from 2018.

The cost, including continental US shipping, for the special package of three books is $36.00 + the $25.00 lit mag cost, for a total price of $61.00. Receive both the 2017 and 2018 issues along with the three books for $81.00. Receive all three issues (2019 issue will ship in January 2019) along with the three books for $101. 

Please use the link below to order this combination package.* If this is an international order, and you would like the add-on package, please contact for assistance and pricing.


*If this is a gift, the lit mag and books will be sent together with a note. To order this as a gift, once you place your order, please contact to provide additional information about the gift recipient.