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Meet the new 'Jewish Oprah'

(JTA)—On April 1, Naomi Firestone-Teeter became executive director of the Jewish Book Council, which promotes the reading, writing, publishing and distribution of English-language Jewish books. Firestone-Teeter, whose predecessor Carolyn...

 

Some of Lincoln's best friends were Jews

(JTA)-A whopping 16,000 books have been written about President Abraham Lincoln. But a new book and an exhibit at the New York Historical Society tell a previously untold story about Lincoln: his rela...

 

Expat author Ruby Namdar wins Israel's leading literary prize

(JTA)-Israel's biggest literary prize, the Sapir Prize, has the drama and mystery of a lottery. The identity of the judges remains secret until shortly before the ceremony, when they meet for an...

 

Carolyn Hessel, Jewish world's book maven, turns the page

(JTA)-When Carolyn Starman Hessel joined the New York-based Jewish Book Council in 1994-at the request of friend Marsha Posner-she knew nothing about the publishing world. Since then, she's been...

 
 By Beth Kissileff    News    June 6, 2014

Philip Roth, onetime 'enfant terrible,' gets seminary honor

(JTA)—“What is being done to silence this man?” an American rabbi asked in a 1963 letter to the Anti-Defamation League. He was talking about the novelist Philip Roth, whose early novels and short stories cast his fellow American Jews in what...

 

Jonathan Ames, 'Herring Wonder' and HBO series creator, does Israel

Writer Jonathan Ames, creator of the HBO television series “Bored to Death,” is known for his fearless and exhibitionistic persona. One can find YouTube videos of him eating herring and boxing at...

 

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