Winter is here, and even in Israel it’s decidedly nippy out! A great time to get cozy under the blankets with a cup of hot chocolate 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.
On her My Machberet blog, Erika Dreifus spotlights eight titles we can look forward to finding on the shelves this winter and spring, including new books by Ayelet Tsabari, Boris Fishman, Matti Friedman, and Julie Orringer.
On her author site, Gila Green interviews editor Mark Jay Mirsky.
Batya Medad of Shiloh Musings and A Jewish Grandmother has read and reviewed two of Tzvi Fishman’s series Tevye in The Promised Land, his account of what happened to Shalom Aleichem’s Tevye after fleeing Anatevka. Tevye in The Promised Land, Great Adventure and “Arise and Shine,” More Adventures with Tevye by Tzvi Fishman. She’s reading third in this series and will review in the near future.
Deborah Kalb recently interviewed David Stromberg on her blog, Book Q&As with Deborah Kalb, about In the Land of Happy Tears, the collection of Yiddish children’s stories he edited.
Life is definitely like a library when you meet librarians, and this month Chava had the honor of meeting Dita Kraus, the Librarian of Auschwitz.
On her author blog, Daniella Levy has announced that her book Letters to Josep is due to be republished, with a slight title change next Spring by Kasva Press.
Heidi Rabinowitz writes: “Beyond the Holocaust and Holidays: Who Are We and What Are We Writing?” is a symposium for Jewish> children’s literature sponsored by the Highlights Foundation, welcoming novelists and publishing professionals to Honesdale, PA, March 15-18, 2019. For this episode of The Book of Life Podcast, we’ve gathered four of those faculty members for our own discussion of Jewish kidlit philosophy: Adam Gidwitz, Susan Kusel, Katherine Locke, and Rena Rossner. Please listen at https://jewishbooks.
And lastly, here at Memory & Redemption, guest blogger Gila Green talks about the role of memory in her new novel Passport Control: “My heroine, Miriam Gil, doesn’t have much to go on when it comes to memory. Indeed, there is not a line in the novel she begins with anything close to “Remember when?” She cannot give what she doesn’t have, not to her new friends in the novel, though she comes to love them, and not to the reader.”
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