By Erika Dreifus on 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.”
But “bloggers” can be defined broadly. If you run a podcast series, or you edit a publication that regularly posts book reviews/interviews online, you are warmly invited to participate, too. And you’ll notice all kinds of content in our contributors’ offerings this month.
We’re delighted to be hosting the Carnival here on the Fig Tree Books blog for the third time. Especially if you haven’t visited our site before, we encourage you to take a look around to learn more about us. (Please also sure to stop by our newsletter page and sign yourself up for the monthly missive if you’re not already on our mailing list.)
Now: On with the show!
- Here on the Fig Tree Books blog, we’re especially proud to note that our publisher’s commentary helped launch a new post-US election series of columns for Foreword Reviews.
- Deborah Kalb interviews a variety of authors on her blog. Please take a look at the Q&A she did with Ellen Cassedy and Yermiyahu Ahron Taub about their new book, a translation of Blume Lempel’s Oedipus in Brooklyn and Other Stories.
- On TheBestChapter.com, Diana Bletter hosts author Leah Kaminsky for a guest post on The Waiting Room, Kaminsky’s novel set in Haifa in 2001.
- The Book of Life Podcast has an interview with storyteller Joel Ben Izzy about his new middle grade novel Dreidels on the Brain.
- Jewish Books for Kids presents Barbara Bietz’s interview with Debbie Levy, author of I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark.
- The Hebrew Union College’s Needle in the Bookstacks library blog highlights a newly found handwritten manuscript commentary in one 16th century edition of Maimonides’s Guide for the Perplexed.
- On her Memory & Redemption blog, Yael Shahar discusses Eliezer Berkovits’s classic Not in Heaven. (Per Shahar, Rabbi Berkovits argues for the application of human reason in deciding Halakhah, but not for the reasons commonly believed.)
At Life Is Like a Library, Chava Pinchuck talks with Jewish children’s book author Leah Chana Rubabshi about her latest book.
- And on Let’s Find That Book, Malkah Livneh gives examples of Hebrew-language nonfiction books for children.
- Over on the Emunaroma blog’s book-review section, Rivka Levy reconsiders the Second Lebanon War through the story of Brigadier General Gal Hirsch, one of the main IDF commanders at the centre of the action.
- Barbara Krasner at The Whole Megillah interviews independent scholar Linda B. Forgosh about her much anticipated biography, Louis Bamberger: Department Store Innovator and Philanthropist.
- On my own My Machberet blog (which I maintain outside my work for Fig Tree Books), I recommend Two Worlds Exist, poet Yehoshua November’s latest collection.
- And one postscript: #Readukkah, a Jewish Reading Challenge co-sponsored by the Association of Jewish Libraries and the Jewish Book Council, took place December 1-8, 2016. Check out the many reviews submitted by readers.
Many thanks to all of this Carnival’s contributors. Happy reading, everyone!
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