Here in Israel the first rains have fallen and the nights are getting cooler. A great time to get cozy under the blankets with a glass of wine and a good book. Here are some recommendations from around the Jewish blogosphere (in more or less alphabetical order). Note that cover images link to the relevant affiliate-linked book page on Amazon.
The Association of Jewish Libraries is pleased to present “Love Your Neighbor,” a series of book recommendations for youth meant to grow readers’ understanding of the Jewish religion and its people. The first book list in the series, “Standing Up For Each Other,” was created in response to the tragic synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh. The picture books and chapter books on this list will touch readers’ hearts and inspire them to build a more welcoming world.
The Book of Life Podcast features a joint interview with Jane Breskin Zalben (A Moon for Moe and Mo) and Lisa Rose (Missing Voice picture book discussion Facebook group), highlighting the importance of cross-cultural literary friendships.
Deborah Kalb interviews a variety of authors on her website, Book Q&As with Deborah Kalb. Here’s a link to her recent interview with Alan Silberberg about his new Chanukah picture book for kids, Meet the Latkes.
On her blog, author Gila Green interviews poet Brandon Marlon, author of Judean Dreams:
At Life Is Like a Library, leadership is the word of the month, with examples in the Torah from Maggid Books, Anna Levine’s latest picture book, and super-TED talker Brene Brown’s Dare to Lead.
Author Daniella Levy was in Girona, Catolonia, where she hosted a book club event with none other than “Josep,” the eponymous inspiration for her book Letters to Josep.
Read about it and watch the video here!
Over on the My Machberet blog, Erika Dreifus posts weekly “Pre-Shabbat Jewish Literary Links.” Here’s one recent example.
Paul Semel interviews Howard Kaplan, who discusses his espionage thriller To Destroy Jerusalem (paperback, Kindle), the third in his loosely-connected series of stand-alone spy novels that also includes Bullets Of Palestine and The Spy’s Gamble.
And lastly, here on the Memory & Redemption blog, my very first guest post is by journalist Irris Makler, author of Just Add Love. Irris tells the story of a miraculous case of recovered memory that allowed a holocaust survivor to be reunited with the family who saved her.
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