Monthly Archives: July 2011

Behind Farm 54: The Making of the Story “Houses”

Earlier this week, Galit and Gilad Seliktar shared the making of the first story  and the second story in Farm 54. In their final post, they share the background behind “Houses,” the third story in their graphic novel. They have been blogging all week for the Jewish Book Council and MyJewishLearning‘s Author Blog.

Galit: This story is the most autobiographical of all three texts, the most true-to-life. I was drafted to compulsory army service in 1989 during the first Intifadah and, after basic training as an educational non-commissioned officer, I was assigned to a base near Bethlehem.  Continue reading here.

Behind Farm 54: The Making of the Story “Spanish Perfume”

On Monday, Galit and Gilad Seliktar shared the making of the first story in Farm 54, “The Substitute Lifeguard.” Today, they share the background behind “Spanish Perfume,” the second story in their graphic novel. They will be blogging all week of the Jewish Book Council and MyJewishLearning‘s Author Blog.

Galit: In 1982 my father was enlisted to the First Lebanon War and my mother was left on the farm with four young children. Communication with the northern frontier was carried out through rare phone calls, messages from those who came home to the village for a short vacation and censor-approved green military postcards that my father would send each one of us.  Continue reading here.

Jews! Photographs!

Posted by Naomi Firestone-Teeter

Just got wind of a gorgeous book published in the UK several years ago: A Book of Jews.  Continue reading here.

Behind Farm 54: The Making of the Graphic Novel by Galit & Gilad Seliktar

The graphic novel Farm 54 is based on three stories written by Galit Seliktar. The stories were first published in Israeli literary magazines and then adapted into a graphic novel by Galit’s brother, illustrator Gilad Seliktar. Farm 54 is a real place where both siblings were raised, an actual farm in Ganei-Yohanan – a small village located in Israel’s agricultural periphery, which was founded by Jewish immigrants from Russia, Yemen and Libya in the early 1950s. All the stories in Farm 54 are based on true events which took place between the mid-1970s and late 1980s. Farm 54 has been published so far in five languages, and was nominated for the 2009 Angoulême book award in France.

Galit & Gilad: This story was the first collaboration between us and the cornerstone of Farm 54. It was first published in 2007 as a short graphic story in an Israeli literary magazine, Masmerim, and included a framed narrative which is omitted in the book.  Continue reading here.

Win a Pound of Coffee Roasted by Nathan Englander

Posted by Naomi Firestone-Teeter

Coffee lovers and Jewish literature lovers can come together over this sweet coupon contest from McSweeney’s. Continue reading here.

Making it “True”

On Tuesday, Evan Fallenberg explored writing elaborate lies with convincing details. Today, he further explores how much of his fiction is “true”.
“How much of my book is true?” I could say ‘all of it,’ I could say ‘none of it,’ and both answers would be correct.

Continue reading here.