Blog Archive: September 2016

Mazal Tov, Jessamyn Hope!

Sep 27, 2016

By Erika Dreifus

Jessamyn Hope, author of the ever-so-popular novel Safekeeping, has received some excellent news from the Jewish Public Library in Montreal:


Out from Behind the Scenes: Our Editor-in-Chief

Sep 20, 2016

By Erika Dreifus

Our extraordinary Editor-in-Chief does much of her work behind the scenes. But next month, she’ll be joining other editors (and agents) at the BinderCon event in New York City. There, Michelle and others will receive and respond to “speed pitches” from writers.

In preparation for that event, Michelle was asked to supply some information about herself, plus some thoughts about the kinds of work that she is looking for as FTB EiC. We thought that even those of you who won’t be at BinderCon might appreciate this glimpse into her thinking.


AJE Around the Web

Sep 13, 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).

Wallant Winner: Eileen Pollack’s IN THE MOUTH

Sep 6, 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 focus on In the Mouth: Stories and Novellas. Written by Eileen Pollack, this book was honored with the Wallant Award in 2008.