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“New Publisher Fig Tree Books Promises Stories that Get People Talking”

Jewish Woman magazine - September 8, 2015

“If you’ve been a member of a book club, you know how challenging it is to come up with books that will be readable and interesting to discuss. Fig Tree Books, a new publisher started by biotech entrepreneur (and avid reader) Fredric D. Price, publishes ‘quality novels and memoirs that chronicle and enlighten the unique […]

Two FTB Titles Featured in JEWISH WEEK’s Fall Preview

The Jewish Week - September 2, 2015

Both Ben Nadler’s The Sea Beach Line (to be published October 13) and our re-issue of Edward Wallant’s classic The Pawnbroker (to be published November 10; now featuring a foreword by Dara Horn) are featured in The Jewish Week‘s fall books preview.

“In Dreams Begin Responsibilities”: A Craft Essay by FTB Author Ben Nadler

The Tishman Review - August 9, 2015

“My novel [The Sea Beach Line] is very rooted in the Jewish storytelling tradition, ranging from Midrashic stories about Biblical characters, to Talmudic parables, to Hasidic folklore, to modern Yiddish fiction. Dreams, and the act of dreaming, figure heavily in all of these forms. There was no way that I could interact with this tradition authentically without interacting with dreams.”

“Where Jewish Writers Are Finding Homes These Days”

Tablet - August 6, 2015

“Some of the most interesting Jewish books being written today, in fact, are too local in their appeal to find a place with the big publishers; they are just the kind of books that need small presses to do them justice.”

“The Sweeping Arc of Jewish History: An Interview with Jessamyn Hope” - July 27, 2015

For the Forward‘s Sisterhood blog, Judy Bolton-Fasman profiles the author of Safekeeping and her novel.

Three Fig Tree Titles Featured Among JTA Summer Reading Recommendations

JTA - June 25, 2015

Among the nine books included in “a sterling selection of new books whose authors and/or themes provide some fun Jewish flair — just right for a beach read or an everyday coffee-break escape”: three Fig Tree titles.

KCRW’s “Bookworm,” Michael Silverblatt, Talks with Alan Cheuse

KCRW - June 18, 2015

“Alan Cheuse’s Prayers for the Living is published by Fig Tree Books, a new publisher dedicated to Jewish-American writing. The book takes the voice of conventional motherhood – compassion, support, concern for the family – and explores the decline and fall of an American family. The ‘voice of NPR book reviews’ takes a singular opportunity […]’s Fiction-Writing Expert Interviews Fig Tree Books Author Jonathan Papernick - May 17, 2015

In this interview with’s Rachel Sherman, Jonathan Papernick shares advice for writers, a glimpse into his working life, and reflections on publishing The Book of Stone with Fig Tree Books.

Fig Tree EiC Michelle Caplan in "Cyber Roundtable" on Jewish Fiction

The Whole Megillah - March 17, 2015

Along with editors from Lilith magazine and JewishFiction.Net, our Michelle Caplan discusses Jewish fiction in a conversation moderated by The Whole Megillah‘s Barbara Krasner.