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Summer Reviews

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Some sample reviews from the newest issue of Jewish Book World:

Subversive Sequels in the Bible (Judy Klitsner)

This new commentary exhibits biblical scholarship at its finest. Judy Klitsner has chosen six familiar stories from the bible and, using critical literary techniques, delved deeply into the texts to explore the imagery, structure, grammar, and context of these stories both in relationship to each other and as single stories…Read On

When You Say One Thing But Mean Your Mother (Melissa Broder)

Melissa Broder’s When You Say One Thing But Mean Your Mother is a series of up-close and personal poems that all together offer a vision of growing into womanhood. These poems are about making mistakes, experiencing “firsts,” and learning lessons and are enveloped in humor and—for many readers, including myself—familiarity…Read On

Witz (Joshua Cohen)

Joshua Cohen’s Witz is a formidable achievement in content and style though it requires diligence. A bold satire of society’s claims on religion and identity,Witz is sure to stir controversy. One Friday in 1999, an Orthodox Jewish family prepares for a big New Jersey Shabbat. Events soon start to parallel the stylized prose in its extraordinariness: Mrs. Israelein gives birth supernaturally, then a plague eradicates all the Jews overnight excepting firstborn sons…Read On

Peep Show (Joshua Braff)

David Arbus’ parents have been living in different worlds for some time. Upon his high school graduation, he is forced to decide between the two. His mother is a baal teshuva and establishing her place in the Hasidic community in Brooklyn. His father has been running a porn theater in Times Square for decades…Read On

Homesick (Eshkol Nevo; Sondra Silverston, trans.)

Set at the time of the Rabin assassination, this intimate story revolves around Amir, a psychology student, and his girlfriend Noa, who studies photography. They’ve decided to try living together in an apartment in the small town of Ma’oz Ziyon, west of Jerusalem. Through them we meet their landlords, who live next door; a neighboring family whose older son was killed in Lebanon; and a Palestinian who is working on the renovation of a house down the street…Read On

Empowered Judaism: What Independent Minyanim Can Teach Us about Building Vibrant Jewish Communities (Rabbi Elie Kaunfer)

According to one of the contributors cited by Rabbi Elie Kaunfer in his excellent new book, Empowered Judaism, “Describing [independent minyanim] remains challenging even today, because just as every Israelite at Sinai is said to have received the Torah differently, each of our participants has his or her own perspective on what makes the community vibrant and special.” Nonetheless, Empowered Judaism sets out to do just that, describing the independent minyan phenomenon on a generational, communal and individual level…Read On

Math Majors
By Juli Berwald

Might mathematics, with its symbols, variables, and well-defined concepts, be the ideal language with which to talk to God? Read On

The Enigma of Isaac Babel: Biography, History, Context (Gregory Freidin, ed.)

On the morning of May 15, 1939, agents of the Soviet secret police arrested Isaac Babel in Peredelkino, seizing his unpublished writings. Accused of spying for the French and Austrian governments as well as of participating in an anti-Soviet Trotskyite organization, one of Russia’s greatest modern writers was executed by a firing squad in January 1940, and his life and work disappeared from memory for over 50 years…Read On

Missing a Beat: The Rants and Regrets of Seymour Krim (Seymour Krim; Mark Cohen, ed. and intro.)

It is tempting to call Seymour Krim a kvetch for all seasons, but the pieces in this collection indicate that he was definitely a man of his time and place—Greenwich Village during the decades following World War II…Read On

Collegiate Anti-Semitism, Then and Now

Two new books show how many American universities welcomed and even glorified visiting Nazi officials pre-World War II, and accept and accommodate anti-Israel expression in student activities and course offerings now…Read On

To purchase the complete issue ($12.50), please contact the Jewish Book Council office at 212-201-2920 or jbc@jewishbooks.org.

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REMINDER: Pen World Voices Festival

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If you’re in NYC or the NYC-area, don’t forget to buy tickets to these great events with Israeli authors…

(If you’re interested in attending the April 29th conversation between Eshkol Nevo and Michael Orthofer, please use discount code pwv10 to receive 20% off)


7 p.m. The Diversity Test: Gender and Literature in Translation

Participants: Lorraine Adams, Alex Epstein, Andrea Levy, and Norman Rush; Moderated by Claire Messud.

WNYC Jerome L. Greene Performance Space, 44 Charlton Street

Tickets: $20/$15 PEN Members, 212.352.0255 or www.ovationtix.com

Join novelist Claire Messud and a prestigious panel for a lively debate on gender, culture, and literature in translation. Joining Messud are National Book Award winner Norman Rush, novelist and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Lorraine Adams, Orange Prize winner Andrea Levy, and Israeli novelist Alex Epstein, who take on some of the toughest questions facing world literature today. >>More Information

Cosponsored by WNYC Jerome L. Greene Performance Space and Guernica Magazine


7 p.m. Homesick: Eshkol Nevo in Conversation with Michael Orthofer

Participants: Eshkol Nevo and Michael Orthofer

Center for Jewish History. 15 West 16th Street, Tickets: $15/$10 PEN and Center for Jewish History Members www.smarttix.com or 212.868.4444

Eshkol Nevo is one of Israel’s most exciting new voices. Since 2008, he has been the chosen artist of Israel’s Cultural Excellence Foundation — one of Israel’s highest recognitions for excellence in the arts. He’ll be joined by Michael Orthofer, managing editor at The Complete Review and its Literary Saloon for a discussion about art, home, living under threat, and of course the art of breaking up. >>More Information

Cosponsored by the Center for Jewish History and the Office of Cultural Affairs, Consulate General of Israel in New York


3 p.m. Utopia and Dystopia: Geographies of the Possible

Participants: Inga Kuznetsova, Jonathan Lethem, Eshkol Nevo, and Andrzej Stasiuk

Elebash Recital Hall CUNY Graduate Center 365 Fifth Avenue—Free!

These writers from Russia, the US, Israel, and Poland will consider these among many questions: Can the novel — in this ironic age — still give voice to such strong feelings about societies? Are ideals themselves— whether uplifting or despairing — incompatible with the novelist’s inquisitive tack? And isn’t every utopia someone else’s dystopia? >>More Information

Cosponsored by the Martin E. Segal Theatre, The Graduate Center, CUNY and Bookforum


3:30 p.m. Short Stories: Past, Present, and Future

Participants: Preston L. Allen, Alex Epstein, Alexander Hemon, Yiyun Li, and Martin Solares; Moderated by Deborah Treisman

Scandinavia House, 58 Park Avenue—Free!

What virtues and challenges are unique to the short story? How flexible is the form? Join acclaimed practitioners of the form from Bosnia, Israel, China, Mexico, and the United States, for a conversation with The New Yorker fiction editor, Deborah Treisman about the past, present, and future of the short story. >>More Information

Cosponsored by The American-Scandinavian Foundation


8 p.m. The Translation Slam

Participants: Alex Epstein, Assaf Gavron, Barbara Harshav, Cathy Park Hong, Thomas Pletzinger, and Martin Pollack; Moderated by Michael F. Moore.

Bowery Poetry Club, 308 Bowery Street

Tickets: $10/$5 PEN Members at the door

Back for the third year running is the fast, fascinating, and fun Translation Slam. Joining us for tonight’s tussle are Thomas Pletzinger from Germany and Martin Pollack from Austria who will be translating Cathy Park Hong, and Assaf Gavron and Barbara Harshav, who will tackle the work of Alex Epstein in Hebrew. >>More Information


12:30 p.m. War and the Novel

Participants: Bernardo Atxaga, Filip Florian, Assaf Gavron, and Atiq Rahimi; Moderated by Susan Kunklin.

Scandinavia House, 58 Park Avenue—Free!

Why have novelists so long been drawn to the subject of war? And how do writers engage with this fraught and complicated subject? Join novelists from Afghanistan, Spain, Romania, and Israel as they discuss these and many other questions. >>More Information

Cosponsored by The American-Scandinavian Foundation

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New Hebrew Literature Series

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The literary publisher Dalkey Archive Press has teamed up with the Institute for the Translation of Hebrew Literature (with support from the Office of Cultural Affairs at the Consulate General of Israel, NY) to create a new Hebrew Literature series…continue reading here.

Updates on Israeli authors in NYC

Posted by Naomi Firestone

The PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature is coming up April 26 to May 2, 2010 in NYC…continue reading here.