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March 19, 1933: Philip Roth, one of America’s most powerful and celebrated novelists, was...

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Philip Roth, one of America’s most powerful and celebrated novelists, was born in Newark, New Jersey on this date in 1933. Roth’s twenty-seven novels range from out-and-out political satire (Our Gang, about Richard Nixon being...
Norton Juster. Source: Reading Rockets/YouTube.

Norton Juster, 91, took boredom and turned it into fantasy for kids and adults...

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Celebrated author Norton Juster, whose most popular book, The Phantom Tollbooth, sold more than 5 million copies, died at his home on March 8 at the age of 91. Norton Juster’s books—more than a dozen of...

Chava Rosenfarb – The Tree of Life – Volume 1 – חװה ראָזענפֿאַרב –...

דוד קאַץ שטעלט פֿאָר, לייענט און פֿאַרטײַטשט, דאָס ערשטע קאַפּיטל פֿון חיים גראַדעס קלאַסישן ראָמאַן װעגן דער מוסר־באַװעגונג, צמח אַטלאַס: די ישיבֿה. פֿאַרשרײַבט זיך איצטער אין קאַנאַל און לאָמיר־זשע לייענען און דיסקוטירן װײַטער דאָס מײַסטערװערק פֿון...
Alexander Ilichevsky signs books at a fair in Moscow. Credit: Vadim Brodsky.

For bestselling Russian-Israeli author, physics is a day job

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In the last month of 2020, Russia announced the winners of the Big Book National Literary Prize for the best prose writers in the Russian language. The prize, founded 15 years ago, has been...
The book jacket of “A Girl in a Blue Shirt” by Gabriel Bensimhon, translated into Moroccan Arabic. Credit: Courtesy of Tel Aviv University.

In a first, Israeli Hebrew novel is translated into Moroccan Arabic

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For the first time, an Israeli novel has been translated into Arabic in Morocco and will be sold in Moroccan bookstores. The groundbreaking novel, A Girl in a Blue Shirt, was written by Gabriel Bensimhon of...

January 15, 1987: Note Lurie, Yiddish novelist, died

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He was born in the old Jewish colony of Roskoshnaia, Zaporozhye (Zaporizhia) district, Ukraine.  During a pogrom in 1919, the majority of the residents in the colony were massacred, and he moved with his...

The Kharkiv Yiddish literary world, 1920s‐mid‐1930s

The Kharkiv Yiddish literaryworld, 1920s ‐ mid ‐1930s Gennady Estraikh Associate Fellow, Oxford Centre for Hebrewand Jewish Studies Published online: 19 Jun 2008. Download PDF, click here. East European Jewish Affairs Publication details, including instructions for authors and subscription information:...
Israeli writer A.B. Yehoshua at a writer's talk in Jerusalem on Oct. 13, 2018. Photo by Yossi Zamir/Flash90.

Two Israeli authors included in ‘New York Times’ list of ‘100 Notable Books of...

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The New York Times has included works by two Israeli authors in its 100 Notable Books of 2020 list: Yishai Sarid, the son of the late Meretz lawmaker Yossi Sarid, for his book The Memory Monster,...

Der Gliklecher Mentsh דער גליקלעכער מענטש yiddish cartoon

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A mayse far kinder un far di vos lernen zikh oys yidish Der Gliklekher Mentsh. (El Hombrte feliz / The happy person ) דער גליקלעכער מענטש  https://youtu.be/8dCPEp0a0js Multicultural Animated Project "Four Directions of Fairy Tales" (Cztery Strony Bajek) http://www.odrobinakultury.org.pl/ Sponsored...

October 20, 1946: Elfride Jelnek, Nobel Prize in Literature 2004, was born

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Born: 20 October 1946, Mürzzuschlag, Austria Residence at the time of the award: Austria Prize motivation: "for her musical flow of voices and counter-voices in novels and plays that with extraordinary linguistic zeal reveal...