February Jewish Book Carnival 2015

Red Poppies in Shiloh: photo by Batya Medad
Red Poppies in Shiloh: photo by Batya Medad

Welcome to the February 2015 Edition of the Jewish Book Carnival!

Freelance writer and editor Deborah Kalb interviews a wide range of authors—fiction, nonfiction, children’s—including writers on Jewish themes, on her blog, deborahkalbbooks.blogspot.com. Please take a look at her Q&A with Carol Matas about Matas’s new novel for young people, Tucson Jo, a 2014 National Jewish Book Awards finalist.

At Life Is Like a Library, Kathe Pinchuck discusses two books about Cats and IsraelThe Cats of J-Town by Raphael Karp and The Cat at the Wall by Deborah Ellis.

On My Machberet, Erika Dreifus praises Salami Jew, a new poetry collection by Matthew Lippman.

The Fig Tree Books blog notes a newly published translated story by Isaac Bashevis Singer–and shares a fresh appraisal of Singer’s novel Shosha.

The newest episode of The Book of Life podcast, hosted by librarian Heidi Estrin, features an interview with conference panelists responding to the Pew study “A Portrait of Jewish Americans” and how children’s literature can help – it all boils down to diversity.

People of the Books, the blog of the Association of Jewish Libraries, is the hub for the 2015 Sydney Taylor Book Award blog tour. Visit http://jewishlibraries.org/blog.php?id=279 for links to all the stops on this virtual book tour of the gold and silver medal winning authors and illustrators. The Sydney Taylor Book Award recognizes the best in Jewish literature for children and teens.

Brief interviews on Jodie Books with Jewish National Book Award winners and finalists: First up, Carol Matas for her middle-grade novel Tucson Jo. Later this month Devra Lehmann’s YA non-fiction on Spinoza and Allison Ofanasky picture book The Patchwork Torah.

Batya Medad presents a review of Rabbi Zalman Weiss’s book Adon Olam- A Search for Meaning. She also has a review of Lashon HaKodesh: History, Holiness, & Hebrew by Reuven Chaim Klein.

Barbara Krasner at The Whole Megillah hosts the final stop on the 2015 Sydney Taylor Book Awards blog tour with a cyber-roundtable of the gold and silver medalists. The Whole Megillah also interviewed National Jewish Book Award finalist Carol Matas for her children’s book, Tucson Joe.

Lorri reviews A Perfect Peace, by Amos Oz.

If you know anything about Golda Meir, you’ll know that she was one tough cookie. But what do you know about her childhood? In this charming new award-winning book, we find out all about how as a young child in Milwaukee, “Goldie” got her start by taking a stand for poor children in her local school. Read: Sydney Taylor Award 2015 BLOG TOUR: Goldie Takes a Stand, with Barbara Krasner and Kelsey Garrity-Riley

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About the photo: while we in the Northeast U.S. have snow and ice, Batya Medad has been spotting red poppies where she lives in Shiloh, Israel. Thank you to Batya for allowing me to use this photo for the February Jewish Book Carnival 2015.

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16 thoughts on “February Jewish Book Carnival 2015

    • Jeannette, if you read Golda Meir’s story in detail, especially her later political career, there were some areas that she botched up (I’m thinking of the disaster of not being aware before the Yom Kippur War in 1973). All was not perfect.

      • Leora,
        One could say this about almost anyone’s political career (trying to think of a politician with a spotless track record). However, the fact is that although she wasn’t perfect, she is in many ways a very good role model for today’s Jewish girls – which is basically the only point I think Barbara is making with the book. And maybe, that she was strong-willed her whole life; also indisputably true.
        As for “not being aware,” there is such a thing as too much awareness, such as the many false positives and warnings before 9/11. Was the government not aware that there was a threat to the buildings? Of course they were, but sometimes, it’s impossible to discern the signals without the benefit of hindsight.
        Not speaking out “for or agin’,” just saying that this is not really what the story is about or – perhaps – the message of Golda Meir’s life.

  • How did I miss this? I saw the link on Lorri’s blog this morning. There is a Golda Meir School in Milwaukee. It is a school for gifted and talented students. Thank you for the great compilation, Leora!

    • As for the great compilation, all I do is volunteer to host – the others add their own great links.

      I suppose as an adult who reads political history, I found Golda Meir a little less exciting of a leader as I might have previously thought. Part of the disappointment is that if she were a man, she would probably not as memorable. I don’t want young women to support a politician just because she is a woman (but I don’t think *that* badly of Golda – I am thinking of others when I say this).

      Now I am going to go back and read the chapter about Golda in The Prime Ministers – I will be sure to pick both the good and the not-so-great details of her career.

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