Posted by Naomi Firestone-Teeter
Each year we receive hundreds of Jewish interest books. Many make it into our magazine, Jewish Book World, many make it onto our blog and website, and a whole lot more are submitted to the National Jewish Book Awards. While we do our best to remain timely and share the latest news on all things Jewish literary, unfortunately it sometimes takes a bit longer to get the word out about certain books than we’d like. In order to slightly ease the delay for some of these titles, I’ll be posting a brief listing of a few of the books that have come across my desk every several weeks. You will most likely see more about the these titles in the coming months, so just think of this as a little heads up.
The New Year begins with these books…
Vidal: The Autobiography (April 2011, Trafalgar Square Publishing)
Yep. He’s Jewish.
Kaddish and Other Poems: 1958 – 1960 , Allen Ginsberg with a new afterword by Bill Morgan (December 2010, City Lights Publishers)
50th Anniversary Edition. A part of City Lights Pocket Poets series.
The Free World: A Novel, David Bezmozgis (April 2011, FSG)
David Bezmozgis’ long awaited first novel!
Beginnings: Reflections on the Bible’s Intriguing Firsts, Meir Shalev (March 2011, Crown)
Meir Shalev explores “firsts” from the Bible: First Love, First Dream, First Laugh, First Loving Woman…
What We Brought Back: Jewish Life After Birthright- Reflections by Alumni of Taglit-Birthright Israel Trips, edited by Wayne Hoffman (December 2010, Toby Press)
Published by Toby Press in cooperation with Birthright Israel NEXT and Nextbook
Originally from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Naomi is the executive director 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.