Clearly it’s award season. Oscar nominations yesterday. Ditto a Stonewall Book Award for Tablet Magazine Managing Editor Wayne Hoffman’s Sweet Like Sugar. National Jewish Book Awards dropped earlier this month. And today brings more news:
• Nextbook Press’ Sacred Trash, Peter Cole and Adina Hoffman’s take on the Cairo Geniza, won the Sophie Brody Medal for outstanding Jewish literature, it was revealed today. Congratulations also to runners-up Simon Sebag Montefiore, Art Spiegelman, and Erika Dreifus.
• The Jewish Book Council’s Sami Rohr Award shortlist was announced today. They are Gal Beckerman, for When They Come for Us, We’ll Be Gone: The Epic Struggle to Save Soviet Jewry (reviewed by Adam Kirsch); Jonathan B. Krasner, for The Benderly Boys and American Jewish Education; James Loeffler, for The Most Musical Nation: Jews and Culture in the Late Russian Empire; Ruth Franklin, for A Thousand Darknesses: Lies and Truth in Holocaust Fiction; and Abigail Green, for Moses Montefiore: Jewish Liberator, Imperial Hero. Want a betting tip? Last year’s winner of the $100,000 prize was Austin Ratner for his debut novel, The Jump Artist, which was covered in Tablet Magazine by me. Out of this year’s books, the one I wrote about was Franklin’s. As always, past performance does not guarantee future results.
‘Sacred Trash’ Wins Sophie Brody Medal [ALA News]
Sami Rohr Finalists Include Forward Editor [Forward The Arty Semite]
Related: Higher Truth [Tablet Magazine]
Last Exit [Tablet Magazine]
Converts [Tablet Magazine]
Earlier: Hoffman Wins 2012 Stonewall Book Award
Nextbook Press Titles Honored
Oscar Nominations Announced