The Jewish Book Council announced the winner of the second annual Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature today. The Rohr Prize is worth $100,000 and is one of the richest literary prizes in the world.
This year’s prize goes to a non-fiction book, and the winner is…
[Lucette] Lagnado picked up the $100,000 Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature for â€œThe Man in the White Sharkskin Suit: My Familyâ€™s Exodus from Old Cairo to the New World.â€? …
Lagnadoâ€™s book is based on the story of her aristocratic Jewish familyâ€™s mid-20th century flight from Egypt and eventual resettling in Brooklyn. They formed part of the mass exodus of 1 million Jews from their Arab homelands in the wake of the founding of Israel.
Two $7,500 Choice Awards also were named: Ilana Blumberg for â€œHouses of Study: A Jewish Woman Among Books,â€? and Eric Goldstein for â€œThe Price of Whiteness: Jews, Race and American Identity.â€?