I’m noticing a trend among my coreligionists-who-write: arguing against being “labeled” as Jewish writers — especially when they are simultaneously speaking in Jewish-sponsored lecture/reading series, blogging for the Jewish Book Council, and/or benefiting from awards given specifically for works deemed to have Jewish significance. These writers protest too much as they engage in a variation of that proverbial activity: biting a hand that feeds them.
Five authors from three countries were named the finalists for the 2013 Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature.
The Jewish Book Council announced its five finalists for the 2012 Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature.
Nobody remembers whether the Torah has ever won a book award before.