March 26, 2014
Just as a sculptor might walk around a piece of work, as an author, Alyson Richman- The Lost Wife turns each character around so they are not one dimensional, but rather spherical, continually revealing another aspect of themselves as the novel unfolds. At end of the day, the process of writing is similar to the way an artist creates a painting or a composer invents a score. Do you agree?
http://bit.ly/1hXVdpU

Just as a sculptor might walk around a piece of work, as an author, Alyson Richman- The Lost Wife turns each character around so they are not one dimensional, but rather spherical, continually revealing another aspect of themselves as the novel unfolds. 

At end of the day, the process of writing is similar to the way an artist creates a painting or a composer invents a score. Do you agree?

http://bit.ly/1hXVdpU

March 19, 2014
How do you come up with a title of a book? Jean Hanff Korelitz overcame her difficulty deciding on a title for her newest book by crowdsourcing it. And found that it was just something she should have known.
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How do you come up with a title of a book? Jean Hanff Korelitz overcame her difficulty deciding on a title for her newest book by crowdsourcing it. And found that it was just something she should have known.

http://bit.ly/1mh6pU2

March 12, 2014

Tova Mirvis explores parts of New York that are buried out of sight and how that relates to writing fiction: http://bit.ly/OmOFrV

March 12, 2014
In honor of the paperback release of A Dual Inheritance, read the piece that Joanna Hershon, Author wrote for The Postscript: JBC Book Club Bonus blog on meeting a man who brought her imagined character to life.http://bit.ly/1fnVDmL"Meeting Robert Gardner was like meeting my imagined character…Had I not met [him]…I would have written the character of Hugh Shipley, but he would have been missing a critical part of himself.”

In honor of the paperback release of A Dual Inheritance, read the piece that Joanna Hershon, Author wrote for The Postscript: JBC Book Club Bonus blog on meeting a man who brought her imagined character to life.

http://bit.ly/1fnVDmL

"Meeting Robert Gardner was like meeting my imagined character…Had I not met [him]…I would have written the character of Hugh Shipley, but he would have been missing a critical part of himself.”

March 5, 2014
"This was lived experience instead of researched experience. It is a story about wanting. That is just as dangerous a topic to take on as any I know."http://bit.ly/1gPpff0For The Mothers, Jennifer Gilmore took a new approach, one where emotional resonance was just as important as the social history and the ramifications of the past.

"This was lived experience instead of researched experience. It is a story about wanting. That is just as dangerous a topic to take on as any I know."

http://bit.ly/1gPpff0

For The MothersJennifer Gilmore took a new approach, one where emotional resonance was just as important as the social history and the ramifications of the past.

January 29, 2014
Food and books are joint loves for so many people. So to make your #bookclub meeting even more delicious, Randy Susan Meyers is offering you recipes. http://bit.ly/MbCixNAre you reading a book by Randy Susan Meyers Author for your next book club meeting? You can get a free cookbook!

Food and books are joint loves for so many people. So to make your #bookclub meeting even more delicious, Randy Susan Meyers is offering you recipes. 

http://bit.ly/MbCixN

Are you reading a book by Randy Susan Meyers Author for your next book club meeting? You can get a free cookbook!

January 28, 2014

Like Woody Allen, I can remember a childhood when being Jewish caused me a certain deep unease, partly because of the shadow caused by the Holocaust and partly because of the anti-Semitism of some public school teachers.

Continue reading “Woody Allen’s Jewish Soul” here

January 16, 2014
In 1990, I worked with Afghan refugees in Peshawar, Pakistan, then the site of the largest refugee population in the world. Specifically, I worked with a program that theoretically hoped to prepare Afghan women to work in “public administration,” perhaps in that longed-for time after they were able to return home. Our actual aims were more modest: we taught mostly “business” English and basic computer skills to women, who in their homeland might have been doctors or lawyers, so they could find receptionist-type jobs with the only workplaces that would take them, which is to say, other refugee-assistance agencies. It is a measure of their extremely limited opportunities and their love of learning that our students (it still hurts to call these grown women “students”) were thrilled to be there.
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In 1990, I worked with Afghan refugees in Peshawar, Pakistan, then the site of the largest refugee population in the world. Specifically, I worked with a program that theoretically hoped to prepare Afghan women to work in “public administration,” perhaps in that longed-for time after they were able to return home. Our actual aims were more modest: we taught mostly “business” English and basic computer skills to women, who in their homeland might have been doctors or lawyers, so they could find receptionist-type jobs with the only workplaces that would take them, which is to say, other refugee-assistance agencies. It is a measure of their extremely limited opportunities and their love of learning that our students (it still hurts to call these grown women “students”) were thrilled to be there.

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January 15, 2014
The list of 2013 National Jewish Book Award winners and finalists can be found here.

The list of 2013 National Jewish Book Award winners and finalists can be found here.

January 13, 2014

Rachel Cantor writes about Borges, literature, kabbalah, and the aleph here.

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