The Jewish Book Carnival: April 2016

The Jewish Book Carnival is a monthly roundup of Jewish literary links from across the blogosphere. Each month, a different blog hosts the Carnival, and any blogger is welcome to participate by submitting links from their own blog to that month's host.

This month, I am pleased to host the Jewish Book Carnival here at The Book of Life. In May, the Carnival will be hosted by Jennifer Tzivia MacLeod on her blog, Adventures in MamaLand. We've got a great line-up of blogs for the upcoming months, but are still seeking hosts for September through November, 2016. See the Jewish Book Carnival HQ to learn how the whole thing works, and let us know if you want to participate!

And now, this month's links...

Batya Medad at A Jewish Grandmother says "Wonderful book!! Total inspiration!!" about Miriam's Song: The Story of Miriam Peretz by Smadar Shir.

In March, Jill at Rhapsody in Books reviewed Anna and the Swallow Man by Gavriel Savit, which she rated as superlative. It is a stunning story set during the Holocaust, but without explicitness; rather, metaphor and allusion convey much of the story.

Deborah Kalb interviews a wide variety of authors on her blog, Book Q&As with Deborah Kalb. She recently interviewed Rochelle Wisoff-Fields about her historical novels Please Say Kaddish for Me and From Silt and Ashes, which focus on members of a Jewish family who escape the pogroms of Eastern Europe and make their way to Kansas City.

Have you been wondering what author Maggie Anton has been up to? The Fig Tree Books blog has that covered.

From My Machberet: Having recently re-read Julie Orringer's The Invisible Bridge, Erika Dreifus pauses over one critic's especially insightful take on the book, and on literature written by grandchildren of Holocaust survivors more broadly.

In God and Politics in Esther: A political parable for our time, Yoram Hazony draws political lesson from the Book of Esther, some of which are harrowingly relevant to the increasingly polarized American political landscape, and to other nations facing the politics of pessimism.

Lorri M. Writings reviews The Coffee Trader by David Liss.

Over on the Jewish Book Review, Rivka Levy gets to grip with a new book on the history and holiness of Hebrew, called Lashon HaKodesh: History, Holiness, and Hebrew.

Ellen Golub, author of PsychoSemitic, shares a piece she wrote for Kveller in the style of her book, "How Testing Positive for the BRCA Gene Was Actually a Blessing."

The 2017 Sydney Taylor Book Award Committee is accepting submissions of Jewish kidlit published during 2016. Read about it on the Association of Jewish Libraries blog, People of the Books.

And in our Passover section, author April Halprin Wayland is getting a lot of attention!

April Halprin Wayland at Teaching Authors shares behind the scenes stories of the creation of her new picture book, More Than Enough: A Passover Story.

At YA & Kids Books Central, Jill Ratzan highlights (chai lights) recent Passover picture books (including More Than Enough by April Halprin Wayland).

Jama Rattigan interviews April about More Than Enough at her blog, Jama's Alphabet Soup: An Eclectic Feast of Food, Fiction, Folderol and Chewy Culinary Verse.

Barbara Krasner at The Whole Megillah | The Writer's Resource for Jewish Story interviews April Halprin Wayland about her newest picture book, More Than Enough, a Passover Story.

On the Multicultural Kid Blogs site, I (Heidi Estrin) posted a roundup of Passover Books for Kids. The site is "For families and educators raising world citizens, through arts, activities, crafts, food, language, and love." The roundup happens to include More Than Enough.

And finally, on this blog, The Book of Life, I recorded a podcast interview with April about More Than Enough and about mindfulness and gratitude. April played Dayenu on the fiddle and I sang along!


Jill said…
Great list of links here! Thanks for including mine.
Rivka Levy said…
Thanks for hosting this month, Heidi, looks great. Rivka
Todah Rabbah for including mt books on your list.


Rochelle Wisoff-Fields
Unknown said…
Thanks, Heidi! Great list.
Batya said…
Wonderful. Thank you!
Lisa said…
Thanks! Lots to read over our Passover break!
Anonymous said…
Thank you for hosting! Great links! -Lorri M.
Dear Heidi,

Thank you so much for including my books and Deborah's interview on this list.


Rochelle Wisoff-Fields