Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Book Expo, Part 4: The Holocaust

What's new in Jewish books for adults? Follow me around the 2008 Book Expo America conference to listen in on publishers and authors talking about their new and forthcoming titles!

This series includes four episodes: In Part 1 we heard about Jewish pictures books. Part 2 was about Jewish books for older kids and teens. Part 3 featured Jewish literature for adults. This final episode in the series, Part 4, is about books (for all ages) relating to the Holocaust.

Part 4 also includes a non-Holocaust-related palate cleanser: an interview with the Jewish Publication Society that was accidentally left out of Part 3 (sorry, JPS!).

SURVEY:

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PART 4: Books about the Holocaust

Second Story Press
The Diary of Laura's Twin by Kathy Kacer

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
T4 by Ann Clare Lezotte


Other Press
The Road to Rescue: The Untold Story of Schindler's List by Mietek Pemper
Isaac's Torah: Concerning the Life of Isaac Jacob Blumenfeld Through Two World Wars, Three Concentration Camps, and Five Motherlands by Angel Wagenstein

Tundra Books
Good-Bye Marianne: A Story of Growing Up in Nazi Germany by Irene Watts, illustrated by Kathryn Shoemaker (graphic novel version)

Holiday House

The Anne Frank Story: How Simon Wiesenthal Proved It True by Susan Goldman Rubin, illustrated by Bill Farnsworth

Academy Chicago Publishers
Album of the Damned: Snapshots from the Third Reich by Paul Garson

Lerner/Carolrhoda
Angel Girl by Laurie Friedman, illustrated by Ofra Amit

Jewish Publication Society
An Introduction to Islam for Jews by Reuven Firestone
From Krakow to Krypton: Jews and Comic Books by Arie Kaplan

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CREDITS:

Our background music is provided by The Freilachmakers Klezmer String Band.

Books mentioned on the show may be borrowed from the Feldman Children's Library at Congregation B'nai Israel. (Or if they're too new to be in the library now, they will be once they are published!) Browse our online catalog to reserve books, post a review, or just to look around!

Your feedback is appreciated! Please write to bookoflifepodcast@gmail.com! Or even better, if you know of any new Jewish books I missed seeing at Book Expo, please post a comment!

Sunday, July 06, 2008

Book Expo, Part 3: Jewish Books for Adults

What's new in Jewish books for adults? Follow me around the 2008 Book Expo America conference to listen in on publishers and authors talking about their new and forthcoming titles!

This series includes four episodes: In Part 1 we heard about Jewish pictures books. Part 2 was about Jewish books for older kids and teens. This is Part 3, and Part 4 will be about books (for all ages) relating to the Holocaust.

Part 3, Jewish Books for Adults

Coffee House Press
Jealous Witness, Poems by Andrei Codrescu, with CD Maelstrom: Songs of Storm & Exile by the New Orleans Klezmer AllStars

Harper Perennial
Just Say Nu by Michael Wex
Who by Fire by Diana Spechler

Princeton Architectural Press
I Am My Family: Photographic Memories and Fictions by Rafael Goldchain

URJ Press (Union for Reform Judaism)
The Torah: A Women's Commentary edited by Tamara Cohn Eskanazi and Andrea Weiss

Gayla Gabriel, author
Leaving with Love: Eternal Messages from the Heart

AUDIO:

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CREDITS:

Our background music is provided by The Freilachmakers Klezmer String Band. Additional background music in this episode came from the CD Maelstrom: Songs of Storm & Exile by the New Orleans Klezmer AllStars.

Books mentioned on the show may be borrowed from the Feldman Children's Library (or for this episode, they might be in the Adult Library) at Congregation B'nai Israel. (Or if they're too new to be in the library now, they will be once they are published!) Browse our online catalog to reserve books, post a review, or just to look around!

Your feedback is appreciated! Please write to bookoflifepodcast@gmail.com! Or even better, if you know of any new Jewish books I missed seeing at Book Expo, please post a comment!


Thursday, July 03, 2008

The PJ Library: Boosting Jewish Publishing

One of the hats I wear is that of reviewer for the PJ Library, a project that provides Jewish books for families with young children. I'm privileged to be on the book selection committee that determines which titles meet the project's unique goal, to introduce disconnected families to a taste of Judaism.

The PJ Library's growth is having an exciting effect on the publishing industry too, by expanding the market for Jewish children's literature. I recently got ahold of a press release explaining this phenomenon, and though you all might find it interesting.

The PJ Library Creates Renaissance for Children's Book Publishing Industry

SPRINGFIELD, MA, June 19, 2008 - Why are Simon & Schuster, Random House, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Scholastic and other top publishers listening intently to the opinions of a tiny group of Jewish educators?

Because their decisions have directly triggered more than $1.5 million in children's book purchases in just two and a half years.

These specialists comprise The PJ Library - a unique national program of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation that is filling a growing demand among young Jewish families across America, to bring Jewish culture and a sense of heritage into their homes.

The PJ Library selects, mass-purchases and mails Jewish children's books directly to children ages 6 months to 7 years on a monthly basis. Currently the books are mailed to 22,000 children per month, and projected to reach 44,000 by next year.

The books are free of charge to the participating families, thanks to The Harold Grinspoon Foundation and its partner-donors in over 70 communities where The PJ Library operates. The program also funds facilitators and supports reading activities in each community.

More Than a High-Quality Program - A Valuable Brand

With its purchasing power and critical acclaim, The PJ Library is a valuable brand to its 25 publishing suppliers and the authors of its 67 book titles, resulting in:

- Publishers asking The PJ Library to consult on content direction of their upcoming Jewish books, and on bringing back out-of-print Jewish classics.

- Authors integrating more Jewish educational elements into their second editions to tie in with The PJ Library's goals.

- Publishers putting The PJ Library logo on book covers, and printing its Reading Guides on the 'French flap' book cover extensions, to further explain Jewish concepts to readers.

The PJ Library Genesis and Future

In 2005, entrepreneur Harold Grinspoon conceptualized The PJ Library out of his concern that numerous young Jewish families are only marginally engaged in Jewish life, or not engaged at all. "In two and a half short years, the demand for The PJ Library has become overwhelming," remarked Grinspoon. "But we've only just begun - we aim for the program to be thriving in all 555 North American Jewish communities."

For more information, visit: http://www.PJLibrary.org/aboutfaqs.php and www.hgf.org.

PRESS CONTACTS: Dahlia Greer, 310-339-1060, dahlia@annabellestevens.com, or Annabelle Stevens, 310-435-6996, annabelle@annabellestevens.com.