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Jewish Book Recommendations for Spring

Picks from new Jewish Book Council head Naomi Firestone-Teeter

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Ayelet Tsabari Wins 2015 Sami Rohr Prize

Debut story collection about Mizrahi Jews nabs $100,000 literary award

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2014 National Jewish Book Awards Announced

This year’s selections recognize diversity of Jewish Soviet emigré literature

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Signed Roth Books Pull Big Bucks at Auction

Portnoy’s Complaint and American Pastoral raise more than $130,000

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The End of American Jewish Literature, Again

What role does America play in Jewish life, and by extension what kind of Jewish literature can be created here?

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A Map of Jewish Literary New York City

Graphic pinpoints iconic scenes from novels, writers’ homes, and more

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New Jewish Publishing House To Launch in 2015

Fig Tree Books promises novels, short stories, and out-of-print classics

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2014 Sami Rohr Prize Finalists Announced

Books on Jewish bootleggers, the Aleppo Codex, and the Vilna Gaon honored

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The Hidden One of N.J.: Why Dara Horn Is the Best of the New Breed of Jewish Novelists

Her fourth novel, ‘A Guide for the Perplexed,’ reanimates the past without falling into the traps of ‘Shtetlworld’ nostalgia

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Darling Wendy

A breathless biography of Wendy Wasserstein hints at the tensions in the playwright’s life but, like its subject, fails to confront them

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Smash

The Man Booker Prize winner profiles hardbat ping-pong champ Marty Reisman, who never lost his taste for winning

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K’tonton Time

The vintage children’s book about a Jewish Tom Thumb still speaks to today’s kids

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Easy Call

A case for Walter Mosley’s inclusion in the American Jewish literary canon

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‘Blessed With This Sense of the Exotic’

Since the American language was available to everyone, Bellow and his Jewish peers were determined to “use it with a certain spirit.”