Wednesday, October 01, 2014

BEA14 Variety

Donna Spurlock of Charlesbridge

At Book Expo 2014 in NYC, I interviewed a wide range of publishers about their forthcoming Jewish titles. Hear my chats with reps from:
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Thursday, September 04, 2014

Never Say a Mean Word Again

Jacqueline Jules & Durga Yael Bernhard

At Book Expo 2014 I met with author Jacqueline Jules and illustrator Durga Yael Bernhard, creators of the picture book Never Say a Mean Word Again. The story takes place in medieval Spain in the Muslim city of Granada and was inspired by a legend about how the Jewish royal advisor Samuel Ha-Nagid "tore out" a man's angry tongue and gave him a kind one instead. It is a powerful story of conflict resolution, as relevant today as it was centuries ago, and very timely for the High Holidays.

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Jo Joe



Sally Wiener Grotta stopped by Congregation B'nai Israel right before a heavy storm, to talk with me about her novel Jo Joe. It's the story of a mixed-race Jewish woman with deep prejudices about the Pennsylvania town where she grew up, and to which she has now returned.

Read a free excerpt of the book here.

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Monday, June 16, 2014

The June 2014 Jewish Book Carnival


The June Jewish Book Carnival is being hosted at the Write Kids' Books! blog by Jennifer Tzivia MacLeod. The Jewish Book Carnival, created by the Association of Jewish Libraries, is a monthly roundup of Jewish literary links from across the blogosphere. You'll find links to Jewish book news, book reviews, author interviews and more. 

Check out the June Jewish Book Carnival here:
http://blog.writekidsbooks.org/2014/06/carnival-of-jewish-books.html

The July  Carnival will be hosted by Susan Curtis at Susan’s Literary CafĂ©.  To participate, please submit links from your own blog to susansliterarycafe@gmail.com by July 13, 2014.

 

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Queen of the Jews



Judy Petsonk visited my temple, Congregation B'nai Israel in Boca Raton, to talk about her historical novel, Queen of the Jews. It's the story of Queen Shalom-Zion, a descendent of the Maccabees, who was a real person. Along with her well-received talk for the temple, I got to sit down with Judy for a one-on-one. Enjoy!

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Monday, May 12, 2014

The Book of Life at BookExpo America 2014


I will be attending BookExpo America this year and I'm very excited!

As in past years, I'll be recording interviews for The Book of Life, and I'll be talking to publishers about the Sydney Taylor Book Award (I'm past chair of the award committee, so I like to promote it whenever I can).

Here's a message from the current awards chair, Diane Rauchwerger, for all you publishers out there:
Entries are now being considered for the 2015 Sydney Taylor Award, which recognizes the best children's literature of Jewish content. We would like to invite you to submit any children's books with a 2014 copyright that meets the criteria below. In order to be considered, a review copy must be sent to each of the nine members of the Sydney Taylor Book Award Committee. No application form is necessary; simply mail the books to each member in a package labeled "Sydney Taylor Book Award Submission."

The awards will be announced in January, 2015. To ensure that the committee has enough time to evaluate all of the submissions, there is no guarantee that books received after November 30, 2014 will be considered for the awards. Please send submissions as soon as they are available. The committee is happy to receive a pre-publication version while waiting for the bound book.

The criteria used to evaluate books for the Sydney Taylor Book Award are:

1. The book has literary merit.

2. The book has positive or authentic Jewish religious or cultural content.

3. The book is appropriate for the intended grade level in style, vocabulary, format, and illustration.

4. Whether fiction or nonfiction, the book is solidly rooted in authentic and accurate detail through scholarship and research by the author.

5. Textbooks and reprints are not eligible, although revised editions and re-illustrated editions are eligible.

You can read about past years' awards at the www.SydneyTaylorBookAward.org, a section of the website of the Association of Jewish Libraries. Please feel free to contact me with any questions. The committee looks forward to evaluating your new books.

Sincerely,

Diane Rauchwerger, Chair
Sydney Taylor Book Award Committee
The Association of Jewish Libraries
chair@sydneytaylorbookaward.org






Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Jews in Texas

Debra Winegarten and Heidi Estrin


Author Debra Winegarten and oral historian Josh Parshall of the Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life talk about the Jewish experience of living in Texas, recorded in Houston, TX at the 2013 Association of Jewish Libraries conference. 

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