Blog Archive: August 2016

Meet Our Assistant Editor

Aug 30, 2016

By Erika Dreifus

We’re a small (but mighty!) team here at FTB. And we think that it’s time for you to get to know one of our key players, Assistant Editor Emily Greenberg, who does so much crucial work behind the scenes. In this brief interview, she offers a glimpse into what that work involves.

Pogrebin Jewish Year

Early Praise for MY JEWISH YEAR

Aug 23, 2016

By Erika Dreifus

Things are humming along here at FTB. We’re especially busy getting Abigail Pogrebin’s My Jewish Year: 18 Holidays, One Wondering Jew ready for publication.

Among our tasks at the moment is the necessary work of garnering pre-publication commentaries on the manuscript. (In industry parlance, these commentaries are known as “blurbs.”) We’re both honored and delighted to share the first one that we’ve received for My Jewish Year.


AJE Around the Web

Aug 16, 2016

By Erika Dreifus

Welcome to the latest installment of “American Jewish Experience Around the Web.” In these posts, we share some of the most compelling items we’ve discovered online lately that address American Jewish Experience (AJE).

Go Directly to Goodreads!

Aug 9, 2016

By Erika Dreifus

Guess what has shown up on Goodreads—and will be offered up as a giveaway in due course?

Wallant Winner: Chaim Potok’s THE CHOSEN

Aug 2, 2016

By Erika Dreifus

As previously mentioned, we have launched a new blog project here. In each series post, we’re presenting an appreciative look back at a book that has won the Edward Lewis Wallant Award.

Wallant, as you may recall, died at the tragically young age of 36 back in 1962. The previous year, he published the classic novel The Pawnbroker, which was a National Book Award finalist; we re-issued that novel  (with a foreword by Dara Horn) last fall. The award in his memory is presented annually “to an American writer whose published creative work of fiction is considered to have significance for the American Jew.” We think it’s worth re-focusing some spotlights on the authors and books that have been honored with the prize named for Wallant.

In this post, we return to 1967. That year, the Wallant Award recipient was Chaim Potok, who won the prize for his novel The Chosen.