Summertime, and the Living is Busy!

By Erika Dreifus on July 7, 2015

It may be summertime, but that doesn’t mean things have slowed down for us here at FTB!

Just a few updates to share with you:

  • Our freelance review project, which invites savvy reader-writers to revisit major works of Jewish literature, continues with a special “double discussion” of two novels by Naomi Ragen. We thank Karen Skinazi for her analysis of Ragen’s Jephte’s Daughter and The Saturday Wife. (We’re happy to share this piece this week, when the American-born Ragen, pictured to the right, celebrates her birthday.)
  • Rave reviews of Jessamyn Hope’s Safekeeping continue to delight us. Within the past week, we’ve been thrilled to read reflections by Liel Leibovitz on Tablet and by Emily Rapp Black in The Boston Globe. You’ll find these and plenty of other reviews of Safekeeping collected right here.
  • Looking for some music to listen to? Try the playlist┬áthat Jonathan Papernick has assembled to complement his novel The Book of Stone. (When a list includes Neil Diamond’s “Kol Nidre” and “Song of the Palmach,” how can you resist?)
  • Our authors continue to meet readers across the country. Tomorrow, you can find Jessamyn Hope in Brooklyn; Saturday, Alan Cheuse will be in Squaw Valley, California. Please check our Events page for details on these and other upcoming events.
  • And there’s still time to enter this giveaway for our first book of the fall 2015 season: Ben Nadler’s The Sea Beach Line. Hurry over to Goodreads and enter to win!

That’s some of what’s happening around here. What’s new with you?