Monday, October 31, 2016

Once In a Lifetime (Les Héritiers)


Once in a Lifetime (in French, Les Héritiers) is a French docudrama about a dedicated teacher who challenges her class of rowdy multicultural students to compete in a Holocaust remembrance contest, the National Contest of Resistance and Deportation. Meeting a real survivor is the "once in a lifetime" event that impacts the kids and turns their attitudes around. Ahmed Dramé was a student in the real life class that inspired the movie. He was a co-screenwriter of the film, and also had a starring role as the student Malik. I spoke to Ahmed when he came to South Florida for the film's opening.

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Theme music: The Freilachmakers Klezmer String Band   
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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

We Made the Top 10!


The July/August issue of Moment Magazine featured a roundup of the Top Ten Jewish Podcasts. Although The Book of Life was not included, it was mentioned in the comments.

Moment has followed up with Top Ten Jewish Podcasts: Reader Edition, listing ten suggestions for additional podcasts that they received in response to the first article. The Book of Life is on the list as #3! Amusingly, they've given me a credit I don't deserve, describing me as a biblical fiction author. I left a comment directing readers to check out a real biblical fiction author, TK Thorne, who was featured on The Book of Life in July.

Got any other favorite Jewish podcasts to share? Go to http://www.momentmag.com/top-ten-jewish-podcasts-reader-edition and leave a comment!


Friday, October 21, 2016

Fascinating


Fascinating: The Life of Leonard Nimoy is a picture book biography of the Jewish actor best known for playing Mr. Spock on Star Trek. Author Rich Michelson was great friends with Nimoy and brings his personal perspective to the project. Click on the title to find many more links at Rich's own website.

Rich Michelson is a prolific poet and author, and has been on The Book of Life several times before:
  • May 2007, Rich discusses his baseball themed picture book Across the Alley 
  • February 2009, Rich speaks on his award winning biography of Abraham Joshua Heshel and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., As Good As Anybody
  • December 2009, Rich takes part in a kidlit conversation at the Planet Esme Reading Room



Left: Rich Michelson, Right: Leonard Nimoy
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Thanks to the Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project for allowing The Book of Life to sample Nimoy's Yiddish recitation of Hamlet's soliloquy. Here is their full interview with him.




 
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Produced by: Feldman Children's Library at Congregation B'nai Israel 
Supported in part by: Association of Jewish Libraries   
Theme music: The Freilachmakers Klezmer String Band   
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Tuesday, October 04, 2016

The Golem


The Golem is a spoken word album that reimagines the legend of a Frankenstein's Monster type figure created to protect the Jews of Prague. I spoke to creator Eddie Estrin to learn about how he put this fascinating project together. See www.EddieEstrin.com to learn more, and get a copy on CD Baby or iTunes.

Eddie Estrin


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Produced by: Feldman Children's Library at Congregation B'nai Israel 
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Theme music: The Freilachmakers Klezmer String Band   
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