Magic & Mystery


     🕮    In this episode of The Book of Life, a show about Jewish people and the books we read, we explore themes of magic and mystery.

> Cantor Amy O. Miller explains Jewish views on Harry Potter. Cantor Miller has presented at many Harry Potter symposiums, including
Nimbus 2003, ConventionAlley 2004, Accio 2005, and Lumos 2006.

> Cartoonist
Jason Lutes gives us some background on his graphic novel, Houdini, The Handcuff King, published by Hyperion in association with The Center for Cartoon Studies. Lutes' co-creator was Nick Bertozzi.

> Author
Sarah Mlynowski describes her Bras & Broomsticks trilogy for middle-grade girls.

> Mystery writer
Pari Noskin Taichert tells us about supernatural aspects of her novel The Clovis Incident. She also blogs on Murderati and is active on Crimespace.


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Background music is provided by
The Freilachmakers Klezmer String Band.

Books and CD's mentioned on the show may be borrowed from the
Feldman Children's Library at Congregation B'nai Israel. Browse our online catalog to reserve books, post a review, or just to look around!


Anonymous said…
Fascinating to hear the entire podcast, Heidi.

Thank you so much for inviting me to be part of it.