“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 […]
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.
“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.”
“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.”
For the Forward‘s Sisterhood blog, Judy Bolton-Fasman profiles the author of Safekeeping and her novel.
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.
“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 […]
In this interview with About.com’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.
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.