Paper Brigade Vol­ume Three


Fea­tur­ing inter­views with Kei­th Gessen, Chloe Ben­jamin, and Ayelet Gun­dar-Goshen, a Jew­ish lit­er­ary map of Italy, Jane Yolen on Jew­ish fairy tales, and more. At check­out, you will be giv­en an option to a add a gift note to this order.


Table of Contents


The Jew­ish Women Writ­ers Who Made Their Mark on Café Culture
Shachar M. Pinsker 

Moses Mendelssohn & Got­thold Ephraim Lessing
Michah Got­tlieb 

Bod­ies, Bor­ders, and Desire
Ranen Omer-Sher­man

Frum Women in Film
Karen E. H. Skinazi 

What Do You Think, Doc?’
Mered­ith Goldstein 

Adeena Suss­man 

Oh, Give Me a Home
Jes­si­ca Kirzane 

Jane Yolen 

Are You There, God? It’s Me, the Jew­ish YA Novel.’
Gabrielle Moss

Papa Stal­in and the Hap­py Family
Miri­am Udel

Hey, Writ­ers!
Michelle Markowitz & Car­o­line Moss 

The Pio­neers
Pamela S. Nadell 

Shemi­ra and Prayer Wheels
Elisha Wald­man

Com­bat­ing Anti-Semitism 

Prose & Poetry

Writ­ing the Jew­ish Rust Belt
Alli­son Pitinii Davis 

Point of Contact
Ali­cia Jo Rabins

Inter­views & Profiles

Kei­th Gessen
with Rebec­ca Schuman

Gary Shteyn­gart
Jacob Silverman 

Jen­ny Erpen­beck & Ayelet Gundar-Goshen
with Bec­ca Kantor 

Tri­na Schart Hyman
Eric A. Kimmel 

Chloe Ben­jamin
with Karah Preiss

Piper Weiss & Aman­da Stern 

Art & Photography

The Three Escapes of Han­nah Arendt
Ken Krim­stein 

Sara Berman’s Closet
Maira Kalman & Alex Kalman 

Arti­sans of Israel
Baruch Raf­ic

All-of-a-Kind, Then & Now
Joe Krush & Paul O. Zelin­sky with Nan­cy Bea Miller 

My Sioux-Knot
Emi­ly Bowen Cohen 

Nora Krug 

Jew­ish Her­itage of the Deccan
Suren­dra Kumar 

Good Trou­ble
Christo­pher Noxon 


Our Lady of Kazan
Maya Arad, trans­lat­ed by Jes­si­ca Cohen


Kim Sher­wood 

Spies of No Country
Mat­ti Friedman

The Hotel Neversink
Adam O’Fallon Price 

Thoughts on the Roths and Their Kaddish
Joshua Cohen


The World of Jew­ish Ital­ian Literature
Min­na Zall­man Proctor 

A Jew­ish Lit­er­ary Map of Italy
Kather­ine Messenger 

Sami Rohr Prize for Jew­ish Literature

Ilana Kur­shan 

Sara Yael Hirschhorn 

Yair Mintzk­er 

Shari Rabin

Chanan Tigay 

2018 in Review

To Our Readers 

JBC by the Numbers

Pro­grams & Publications 

Index of Book Reviews 

JBC Net­work Authors 

JBC Net­work Communities 

2017 Nation­al Jew­ish Book Awards 

2018 Sami Rohr Prize for Jew­ish Literature 

Note from the Editor

Lit­er­a­ture is often called a mir­ror of soci­ety; this year, we are remind­ed more than ever of the impor­tance of the writ­ten word in help­ing us to reflect on world­wide events.

Large-scale issues can feel abstract and over­whelm­ing, but read­ing about one character’s per­son­al strug­gle can make these issues imme­di­ate­ly relat­able. Fit­ting­ly, nov­el­ists are increas­ing­ly engag­ing with some of the more press­ing chal­lenges we face today. Israeli writer Ayelet Gun­dar-Goshen and Ger­man writer Jen­ny Erpen­beck take on the ongo­ing immi­gra­tion crises in their respec­tive coun­tries. Kei­th Gessen depicts the com­plex real­i­ty of life in Rus­sia, while Gary Shteyn­gart turns his eye to the strat­i­fied state of Amer­i­ca. An arti­cle by Ranen Omer- Sher­man dis­cuss­es three recent nov­els that probe the fraught nature of rela­tion­ships between queer Jews and Arabs in Israel.

Anoth­er theme that emerges here is the pres­ence of Jews in spaces— both geo­graph­ic and lit­er­ary — not tra­di­tion­al­ly asso­ci­at­ed with them. An excerpt from Adam O’Fallon Price’s forth­com­ing The Hotel Nev­ersink offers a Jew­ish spin on Goth­ic fic­tion. In Frac­ture,” Jane Yolen reflects on retelling clas­sic fairy tales to depict pogroms and the Holo­caust. And three pieces — an arti­cle, a com­ic, and a per­son­al essay com­bined with poet­ry — offer insights into the lives of Jews in America’s rur­al heartland.

Oth­er writ­ers bring new per­spec­tives to an age-old theme: moth­er­hood and women’s place in soci­ety — whether that soci­ety is Israeli (as in a new­ly trans­lat­ed excerpt from Maya Arad’s Our Lady of Kazan, win­ner of the Paper Brigade Award for New Israeli Fic­tion in Hon­or of Jane Weitz­man) or Ortho­dox (as in Karen E. H. Skinazi’s arti­cle, Frum Women in Film”). Pamela S. Nadell describes America’s first Jew­ish women’s book club, found­ed in 1879; Shachar M. Pinsker high­lights the influ­en­tial women of lit­er­ary café culture.

We hope that in the mix of arti­cles, inter­views, art­work, and more you’ll find much that stim­u­lates and informs — and also delights. This, too, (lest we for­get) is one of literature’s most impor­tant roles. Hap­py reading!

— Car­ol Kauf­man, Exec­u­tive Editor