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Jewish literature is deep into a renaissance. Jewish books and Jewish authors are no longer ethnic tokens on a larger bookshelf, but are establishing themselves in their own right, from the critical success of The Yiddish Policemen’s Union to the already-canonical Everything Is Illuminated. Contemporary Jewish authors are telling new and mindblowing stories, earning praise from critics and readers–both among Jewish and general audiences–and breaking down the walls of what constitutes a “Jewish book.”
MyJewishLearning and the Jewish Book Council would like to introduce you to some of these authors.
Every other week, we bring you voices from the new Jewish literary scene. They are as diverse as the term itself: fiction and nonfiction, deathly funny and deathly serious, politics and music, poetry and pirates. Some writers share personal stories about writing their books. Others share B-sides and DVD-style extras. Still others blog about their lives, or current events. The only things that our bloggers have in common are that they all take Judaism in their own direction…and they all spark the dynamite of our imaginations.
Eliyahu Alpern | Sukkot Treasure Hunt
Allison Amend | Stations West
Maggie Anton | Rashi’s Daughters
Melissa Broder | When You Say One Thing but Mean Your Mother: Poems
Joshua Braff | Peep Show
Joel Chasnoff | The 188th Crybaby Brigade
Joshua Cohen | Witz
Ellen Frankel | The JPS Children’s Bible
Assaf Gavron | The Outpost and Almost Dead
Goldie Goldbloom | Toads’ Museum of Freaks and Wonders
Niles Goldstein | The Challenge of the Soul: A Guide for the Spiritual Warrior
Allegra Goodman | The Cookbook Collector
Michael Idov | Ground Up
Rabbi Elie Kaunfer | Empowered Judaism: What Independent Minyanim Can Teach Us about Building Vibrant Jewish Communities
Adam Langer | The Thieves of Manhattan
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