Category Archives: Jewish Books

New Blog: The ProsenPeople

The Jewish Book Council blog, The ProsenPeople, is now a part of

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New Website!

Our new website is officially live!

We’re very excited about all of the new resources available to readers, authors, and publishers and invite you to explore using our Resource section to find what you’re looking for.

Over the next two months, we will be making updates and edits throughout the site and we need your help. If you see anything strange, if a menu isn’t working, if there is a typo or misspelling, we want you let us know. Or, if you have any general feedback, please send that our way, as well. Please send all comments and feedback to:

Never Quit on a Hill

On Monday, Karol Nielsen wrote about the inefficiency of writing. She will be blogging all week for Jewish Book Council and MyJewishLearning.
A friend met an aspiring agent who had worked in publishing and recommended me to her. She submitted the manuscript to an editor who handled first books with film potential. We waited and waited. Word never came. She wondered if I had any suggestions about where to send the book. I didn’t. Not even a clue. She soon bagged the agenting business and went to graduate school. I saw her a few years later, and she said she often thought of a line in my memoir when she runs. “Never quit on a hill.”

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The Inefficiency of Writing

Karol Nielsen’s memoir Black Elephants has just been released. She will be blogging all week for MyJewishLearning and the Jewish Book Council.

The facts of my story were always clear but the meaning eluded me for years. I took creative writing courses with a gifted, generous man who asked essential questions: Who are the characters? What is the conflict? What are you saying? Now I am a memoir writing instructor at New York University, asking students the same questions. Straightforward but difficult questions when telling a true story.

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The Jewish Message

Earlier this week, Tom Fields-Meyer wrote about reading and thinking about books and took a look at autism and GodHe has been blogging here all week for the Jewish Book Council and MyJewishLearning.

Not long ago, I had the pleasure of speaking at an event to benefit my children’s summer camp. In the midst of a lovely discussion, the rabbi who runs the camp offered a question: “What’s your book’s Jewish message?”

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One Book, One Community in Chicago

Posted by Naomi Firestone-Teeter
Spertus College recently announced their One Book, One Community pick for Jewish Book Month: A Day of Small Beginnings (Lisa Pearl Rosenbaum)

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JLit Links

Posted by Naomi Firestone-Teeter

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