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

Jewish Year

Abigail Pogrebin on MY JEWISH YEAR and “One of the Most Extraordinary Years” of Her Life

By Erika Dreifus

February 21, 2017

Three weeks to go until the official publication date of Abigail Pogrebin’s My Jewish Year: 18 Holidays, One Wondering Jew! (Of course,  you can pre-order the book anytime before then.) The excitement continues to build—as does the coverage.

A few days ago, for instance, Publishers Weekly featured a new interview with Abby about her book. Here’s a snippet:

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Still the People of the Book? A Discussion of Jewish Book Publishing Today

By Erika Dreifus

February 14, 2017

Interested in “the People of the Book” and the books that they publish? If you’re in the New York area, you may be interested in attending this event, slated for next Tuesday evening at Columbia University.

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American-Jewish-Experience

American Jewish Experience Around the Web

By Erika Dreifus

February 7, 2017

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). But first, a note: It has been quite some time since we’ve had an AJE post here on the blog. In part, […]

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Foreword Jewish Year

More Praise for MY JEWISH YEAR

By Erika Dreifus

January 31, 2017

Three weeks ago, we told you about Publishers Weekly‘s enthusiastic reaction to My Jewish Year. In a newsletter we mailed out last week, we added a few more assessments that we received subsequently. And even since that newsletter went out, we’ve had the great pleasure of receiving still more praise. This time, Foreword Reviews‘s Michelle Anne Schingler has weighed in with an extensive and insightful take.

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Jewish literature

Five Free and Easy Ways to Support Jewish Literature

By Erika Dreifus

January 24, 2017

Want to do a good deed? How about supporting quality Jewish literature?

Here are five free and easy ways to get started.

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Win a Copy of MY JEWISH YEAR

By Erika Dreifus

January 17, 2017

We’re delighted to present a fresh opportunity for readers to win advance copies of Abigail Pogrebin’s My Jewish Year.

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Jewish Year

PUBLISHERS WEEKLY Praise for MY JEWISH YEAR

By Erika Dreifus

January 10, 2017

At the moment, we’re in an interesting phase for Abigail Pogrebin’s My Jewish Year. It’s a time when pre-publication reviews from book-industry magazines are beginning to come in ahead of the March 14, 2017, publication date. And no matter how wonderful we think the book is, we really cannot predict how reviewers will receive it.

Well, in the case of Publishers Weekly, the answer is: quite well.

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Wallant

Wallant Winner: Nicole Krauss’s THE HISTORY OF LOVE

By Erika Dreifus

January 3, 2017

As previously mentioned, we have launched a new blog project here. In each series post, we take an appreciative look back on 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) in late 2015. In this post, we spotlight Nicole Krauss’s The History of Love, which won the prize for 2005.

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Ribalow Prize 2016

A December Tradition: The Ribalow Prize Ceremony

By Erika Dreifus

December 20, 2016

We at Fig Tree are proud and honored that this year, Jessamyn Hope’s Safekeeping was one of the three finalist titles, along with Judith Claire Mitchell’s A Reunion of Ghosts and Jim Shepard’s The Book of Aron; Shepard’s much-lauded novel took the prize.

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Jewish Book Carnival

Step Right Up to the Jewish Book Carnival

By Erika Dreifus

December 15, 2016

Welcome to the December 2016/Jewish Book Month stop for the Jewish Book Carnival! The Carnival is a project of one of our favorite organizations: the Association of Jewish Libraries (AJL). In its simplest terms, the Carnival is “a monthly event where bloggers who blog about Jewish books can meet, read and comment on each others’ posts.”

 

 

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