October Jewish Book Carnival
Sitting here preparing this month’s Jewish Book Carnival, I am happy to have something to think about other than the mess that is occurring practically outside my front door in the United States Capitol building. Since moving to Washington, DC last November, I have been thrilled at the opportunities presented by living “in the District.” From seeing Thomas Jefferson’s Library at the Library of Congress to walking to the National Book Festival and having my FREE poster signed by the illustrator, Suzy Lee, I have been able to enjoy the best of my and your tax payer dollars almost every weekend – until the government closed. I pray that wisdom (and compassion for the 800,000 unemployed workers) will enter the minds of our Congress people and a resolution to this deadlock will be found. Perhaps they can find something in this month’s Carnival, a rare gathering of blogs about Jewish books and other happenings in the Jewish world, to assist them with making the important decisions required to keep our country afloat and at the forefront of the nations of the world. As for you, please take time to visit every one of this month’s participants, and be sure to leave a comment on the web sites telling them you saw their post at the October Jewish Book Carnival.
The Jewish Book Carnival is a great place to get ideas for books to read and things to do. I just finished The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker (which was fantastic!) just because of the great reviews I read on Carnival postings. It appears that a lot of reading took place this past month, judging by the number of book reviews I received. Get ready to make your reading list now, there are some great choices here!
Let’s start with children’s books:
Barbara Bietz at Jewish Books for Kids interviews Deborah Heiligman about her new book, The Boy Who Loved Math.
Jill at Rhapsody in Books reviews the companion volume to Code Name Verity – one of last year’s best books! – Rose Under Fire (set in the Ravensbruck concentration camp). This is going at the top of my reading list
As for me, I spent some time at InterfaithFamily.com, looking at what is new and exciting for parents to share Torah stories with their children.
Meghan Wolff, Publicity Coordinator for Kar-Ben Publishing, shares the KarBen blog featuring a story about the newly renovated Jerusalem Railway Station, the same station Engineer Ari took of from:
For the Adults among us:
Naomi Firestone-Teeter at the Jewish Book Council shares some fantastic non-fiction news – the five finalists for the Sami Rohr Prize.
Over at The Prosen People, another Jewish Book Council blog, Gabi Gleichman offers some insights into what it was like to write, The Elixir of Immortality, a fictionalized account of the family of Baruch Spinoza.
On My Machberet, Erika Dreifus shares memorable morsels from The Impossible Takes Longer: The Memoirs of Vera Weizmann as told to David Tutaev.
Heidi Estrin at The Book of Life podcast interviews Maggie Anton about Rav Hisda’s Daughter, Book I: Apprentice: A Novel of Love, the Talmud, and Sorcery. Maggie has a lot of interesting background information to share, including some actual spells!
I hope you enjoyed this month’s Jewish Book Carnival. Again, please take time to visit the bloggers posted here and share that you saw them here!
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