Post­ed by Nao­mi Firestone-Teeter


As you may have noticed, we’ve been rather busy over the last few months. We’re excit­ed that our first four-col­or, and new­ly redesigned, Jew­ish Book World is out to sub­scribers (you can check it out dig­i­tal­ly here) and that we’ve revealed our new online look to the world. With our new web­site, read­ers can now browse hun­dreds of reviews online, share them with friends, and tweet them to the world. Plus, new reviews will be added dai­ly, as well as new book club ques­tions, inter­views, and book trail­ers. Anoth­er great fea­ture of the new site is our cal­en­dar list­ings. If you have a Jew­ish lit­er­ary event you want our read­ers to know about, be sure to send them to us under the sub­mit an event” tab. The final big change is the name our blog and its new home on the main JBC web­site: The Pros­en­Peo­ple (hehe, get it?). And, with that, a new name for our blog­ging series with MyJew­ish­Learn­ing: The Vis­it­ing Scribe. Now on to the lat­est books on the JBC Bookshelf:

What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank: Sto­ries, Nathan Eng­lan­der (Feb­ru­ary 2012, Alfred A. Knopf)

While you wait for this one to be pub­lished, check out Eng­lan­der’s first col­lec­tion of stories

Drop Dead Healthy: One Man’s Hum­ble Quest for Bod­i­ly Per­fec­tion, A.J. Jacobs (April 2012, Simon & Schus­ter)

The lat­est from Jacobs, the author of The Guinea Pig Diaries, The Know It All, and The Year of Liv­ing Bib­li­cal­ly 

Hot Pink, Adam Levin (March 2012, McSweeney’s)

Just slight­ly short­er than Lev­in’s debut nov­el The Instruc­tions

Broad­way Baby, Alan Shapiro (Jan­u­ary 2012, Algo­nquin Books)

The debut nov­el from the poet Alan Shapiro

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.