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  • L.A.’s newest rookie transplant: Elaine Soloway

    by Esther D. Kustanowitz

    2 days ago

    Next time you move cross-country to Los Angeles, do it the Elaine Soloway way. (The SoloWay?) Pack whatever you can into flat-rate Priority Mail boxes from the post office and mail them over a period of six months. Get a place on airbnb.com in a hip L.A. neighborhood, close to...

  • Moving ‘God, Faith & Identity’ passes mantle of remembrance

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    3 days ago

    Seventy years ago, the Red Army liberated the death camp at Auschwitz, an event that now marks the observance of International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Ever since that day, we have been struggling to explain and understand what happened in the killing fields and concentration...

  • In first, expat author Ruby Namdar wins Israel’s leading literary prize

    by Beth Kissileff, JTA

    4 days ago

    Israel’s biggest literary prize, the Sapir Prize, has the drama and mystery of a lottery.

    The identity of the judges remains secret until shortly before the ceremony, when they meet for an early dinner to decide the fate of the five nominees short-listed for best novel. Meanwhile...

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  • 'Lisette’s List' walks readers through tumultuous, war-torn World War II Europe

    by Dora Levy Mossanen

    1 week ago

    In her captivating historical novel, “Lisette’s List” (Random House), Susan Vreeland, the New York Times bestselling author of “Girl in Hyacinth Blue,” takes readers by the hand and guides them, with assured steps and astute historical knowledge, through the tumultuous, war-torn,...

  • Can the ‘Creative Class’ survive?

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    2 weeks ago

    The digital revolution has its winners and losers. If a question comes up in dinner conversation, there’s no item of information so obscure or so trivial that we cannot find it in a few seconds with a Google search on our smartphones. But, then, I have come to believe that...

  • Chana Bloch’s new poems on art, life and the old world

    by Carol V. Davis

    3 weeks ago

    Great anticipation and much pleasure always accompany the release of a new book of poetry by a major poet. This certainly is the case for Chana Bloch's “Swimming in the Rain, New and Selected Poems 1980-2015” (Autumn House Press). The book includes 29 new poems and includes...

  • Norton’s ‘Anthology of World Religions’: Our Prayers Have Been Answered

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    December 30, 2014 | 1:08 pm

    The publishing house of W.W. Norton is celebrated for the art of the anthology, whether it is a classic like “The Norton Anthology of Modern and Contemporary Poetry” or Reza Aslan’s recent groundbreaking collection, “Tablet & Pen: Literary Landscapes From the Modern Middle East.”...

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