Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Tasa's Song

The Carpe Diem String Quartet
Tasa's Song by Linda Kass is a story of a young musician in WWII Poland. I met the author at "A Book in Concert" where she read excerpts interspersed with musical performances by the Carpe Diem String Quartet. They played classical music that Tasa would have played herself, and they played the original piece "Tasa's Song," written by Charles Weatherbee as a tribute to the book.

Linda is not only an author, she's also a bookseller! If you're ever in Bexley, Ohio, visit her bookstore, Gramercy Books!
Author Linda Kass
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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

The Yiddish Book Center & NEWS

NEWS!  NEWS!  NEWS!


B'nai Israel goodbye party for Heidi
After 18 amazing years as Judaica librarian at Congregation B'nai Israel of Boca Raton, I've taken a new job at PJ Library in Agawam, Massachusetts. I need to focus my energy on this new adventure, so I'm putting The Book of Life on a (possibly permanent) hiatus after the 12th anniversary episode in December, 2017. I expect to get back to some kind of podcasting next year, and I'll post here to let you know my plans (once I figure them out!).

YOUR MOMENT OF FAME 

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And now, on with our show...
Lisa Newman in the Yiddish Book Center's recording studio

The Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, MA rescues Yiddish books and puts them in context to broaden our understanding of modern Jewish identity. This June I visited the Yiddish Book Center, where I spoke to Communications Director Lisa Newman, and to Christa Whitney, director of the center's Wexler Oral History Project. They both offered exciting backstage views of the Yiddish Book Center, and they even helped me clear up an old family linguistic mystery!

By the way, here's a link to Lisa's podcast, The Shmooze; and the address Christa mentions for requesting oral history interviews is yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story. 


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Author Israel Adventure


As many of you have heard, I now work for PJ Library and PJ Our Way! I am very pleased to announce their new initiative, a FREE trip to Israel to inspire authors to write for children about Judaism in general and Israel in particular. If you are an author who writes Jewish kidlit, or if you are a published author who has ever thought about writing Jewish kidlit, check this out. And if you have friends who are authors, please let them know about this opportunity!





Wednesday, September 13, 2017

My Jewish Year


In My Jewish Year: 18 Holidays, One Wondering Jew, Abigail Pogrebin takes readers on a journey through every single Jewish holiday ever. As a non-Orthodox Jew, many of these holidays were unfamiliar to her before this; she explains these holidays and finds meaning in them at the same time.

Abigail last appeared on The Book of Life in October 2006, talking about her book Stars of David: Prominent Jews Talk About Being Jewish.

I spoke to Abigail by Skype at her home in New York.

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Thursday, August 31, 2017

The Last Shepherd


Filming of "The Last Shepherd"

The Last Shepherd by Evil Sun Productions is a Hebrew-language indie comedy adventure scifi fantasy film with elements of Jewish mysticism and kabbalah, made in Israel. To summarize, "A geeky programmer and his rebellious co-worker are taken by a mysterious biblical figure on a cross country adventure, trying to stop an ancient evil force, while being chased by government agents." 

Back in January 2016, I Skyped with actors Uri Lifshitz and Roni Weissman, writer Gai Bosco, and post production manager Dovi Shraga. Then I sat on the interview, waiting for the film to become available in North America. It hasn't happened yet, but I got tired of waiting. Instead, I'm hoping listeners will be proactive in helping to get the film more widely distributed. If this interview piques your interest, please request that your local Jewish film festival or your local Comic Con screen it!


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Monday, August 21, 2017

The Language of Angels

Rich Michelson displays Karla Gudeon's art in his gallery

In the picture book The Language of Angels: A Story about the Reinvention of Hebrew, author Rich Michelson tells the true story of how an ancient tongue became a modern one.  I met with Rich at R. Michelson Galleries in Northampton, Massachusetts, where he displays the art of many illustrators including Karla Gudeon, his partner on Language of Angels.
 
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Sunday, August 13, 2017

Back to School with Behrman House

Vicki Weber
Behrman House has been supporting Jewish education as a bookseller and publisher for almost a century. At the 2017 Association of Jewish Libraries conference in New York City, I met with Vicki Weber to hear all about the history of Behrman House and the many projects in which they are engaged.

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Sunday, June 11, 2017

Shalom, Salaam



Yaffa and Fatima, Shalom, Salaam by Muslim author Fawzia Gilani-Williams takes an old Jewish folktale and turns it into a story of cross-cultural friendship. I spoke to Fawzia by Skype at her home in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.

Here are a few of the websites and books Fawzia mentioned during our conversation:


FYI: This is the last episode of the season. The Book of Life will be on summer hiatus until August. 


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