Jewish Book Month begins this week! What are you reading to celebrate?
We just announced the five finalists for the 2014 $100,000 Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature. Read about the books here.
From “Top 5 American Jewish Women Most People Have Never Heard Of (But Should Have):
Maud Nathan (1862-1946) took pride in her heritage as the daughter of an elite Sephardic Jewish family. Married to her cousin Frederick Nathan, she was involved in multiple organizations and causes in New York, including the National Consumers’ League and the National Council of Jewish Women. Nathan, a gifted speaker and parliamentarian, earned especial fame for her suffrage activism on both the national and the international stage. She believed that Jewish women had a special civil responsibility that could best be demonstrated through social reform and political participation.
Read about four more inspiring American Jewish Women here.
"When it comes to 20th-century Jewish authors, it’s Bellow, Roth, and Salinger who generally grab headlines. But their immediate predecessors—Delmore Schwartz and Nathanael West—worked in an era that will always captivate me." - Ilan Mochari, "West and Schwartz, Dreaming at the Movies”
Carolyn: The Art Forger (B.A. Shapiro) | Naomi: Herzog (Saul Bellow)
Mimi: The Invisible Bridge (Julie Orringer) | Emma: Jerusalem (Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi)
Carol: The Golem and the Jinni (Helene Wecker) | Miri: May We Be Forgiven (A.M. Homes)
Ruth Franklin reviews David Roskies and Naomi Diamant’s Holocaust Literature and points out that there are some interesting inclusions—and exclusions:
What titles would you include on a Holocaust literature reading list?
"The comparisons Deborah Levy’s Swimming Home has received to Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway are with merit.” - Phil Sandick
The distinguished novelist William H. Gass’s latest novel, Middle C, tells the story of Joseph Skizzen, born in Graz, Austria, following the Anschluss in 1938. His father, Rudi, decides to leave the country because of his hatred of the Nazis in general and Hitler specifically. Reasoning that by disguising themselves as Jews they would stand a better chance of emigrating from Austria, Rudi Skizzen renames his family Fixel…continue reading
The guidelines and submission forms for the 2013 National Jewish Book Awards are now available here.
In this new book on Franz Kafka, Saul Friedlander examines Kafka’s relations with his family, his Judaism, and his sexual fantasies: