Fig Tree Books Blog

Our blog features essays from the publisher and editors, book reviews and appreciations, coverage of FTB titles, and noteworthy news of American Jewish experience.

What will the 2013 Pew Survey of American Jewry look like?

By Fredric Price

March 23, 2020

From Miranda Eisenstadt: Q: What would a supposed 2113 Pew survey of American Jewry (A Portrait of Jewish Americans) have to say? A: In 2013, it reported that, “American Jews overwhelmingly say they are proud to be Jewish and have a strong sense of belonging to the Jewish people.” But the survey also suggests that Jewish identity […]

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Deborah Kalb Interview with Thane Rosenbaum

By Fredric Price

March 20, 2020

Book Q&As with Deborah Kalb — https://deborahkalbbooks.blogspot.com Friday, March 20, 2020 Q&A with Thane Rosenbaum Thane Rosenbaum is the author of the new book Saving Free Speech…from Itself. His many other books include Payback and The Myth of Moral Justice, and his work has appeared in a variety of publications, including The New York Times […]

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Why are Jews called “The People of the Book”?

By Fredric Price

March 16, 2020

From Allen Schwartz: “Book” is our current technology for written speech—individual and interpersonal language made visible. Writing and reading books are encouraged by Jews as sacred to our concepts of justice, equality, and growth. Books are the embodiment of “text”, our ancient interplay of writing and speech known as Torah. It confirms Law and Covenant in Jews’ unique, yet […]

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Why are so many authors who are Jewish prefer not to be labeled as ‘Jewish Authors’?

By Fredric Price

March 9, 2020

From Rebecca Mitrani: Q: Why are so many authors who are Jewish prefer not to be labeled as ‘Jewish Authors’? A: It’s said of many famous American authors who are Jewish that they don’t define themselves as ‘Jewish writers.’ It’s hard to square that from the likes of Philip Roth, author of Operation Shylock, The Plot Against […]

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How will non-Orthodox Jews vote in the upcoming presidential election?

By Fredric Price

February 26, 2020

From Barbara Zaslov: Q: Will non-Orthodox Jews start to move away from the Democratic party in 2020 in a manner similar to what happened in the UK with Jews voting for Boris Johnson in unprecedented numbers? A: In 2016, Jews voted for Hillary Clinton by a 71%-24% margin according to a Pew poll.1 The percentage voting for Clinton […]

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Book Industry Disruption

By Fredric Price

February 11, 2020

The book industry is in a period of significant change, brought about in great part by the following set of occurrences in recent years: the rise of Amazon.com as a disruptive influence on book distribution, promotion, and pricing; the introduction of e-readers that have altered the way that books are purchased, promoted and read; the […]

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Fig Tree Lit — Our New Newsletter

By Fredric Price

February 9, 2020

In December, 2019, we issued our first edition of Fig Tree Lit. Each month, we will put out a new issue that will have features including: Jews of Different Hues (articles about Jews such as ‘Nightline’ co-anchor Juju Chang); Apples and Honey (essays and short stories); Book Club Guides (currently featuring A River Could Be A Tree […]

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