New Jewish year, new books by Jewish authors!

The new Jewish year is marked this time around with several new book releases that have me very excited:

1) After being mesmerized by The World to Come and In the Image, I can’t wait to read Dara Horn’s newest, A Guide for the Perplexed, which was officially published today. An essay by the author appeared in The New York Times this week, reminding of the book’s release. The topic was the role of memory in literature — particularly in Jewish literature — which Horn tied to Rosh Hashanah. (The holiday falls later this week, and it’s also known as “The Day of Remembrance.”) Her new novel reportedly draws on this theme as it follows two contemporary characters obsessed with the work of the Rambam.

in the courtyard of the kabbalist

Ruchama King Feuerman’s latest, just out

2) Ruchama King Feuerman’s In the Courtyard of the Kabbalist follows an assortment of characters in Jerusalem. I’m very blessed that the author has sent me an advance copy — a review here on the blog will be forthcoming. I was a big fan of her last book, Seven Blessings, as well as some of her more recent, shorter work. Feuerman has been called “a Jewish Jane Austen,” probably because her character portraits so marvelously balance positive and negative qualities. I’m already a few dozen pages in to the new book and really getting into it. For a recent review, see here.

3) Ofir Touche Gafla’s The World of the End will soon be published in English. Continue reading

A few recommended Jewish books by Southern California authors and illustrators

While L.A. is best known for the movie business, SoCal is teeming with writers and artists. Here’s a sample of some wonderful books for the Jewish audience by locals.

Ann Stampler is the author of several folktales and parables, including the fabulous, award-winning Rooster Prince of Breslov.
The Rooster Prince of Breslov
See all her titles if you follow this link:
Around here, Marc Lumer is most famous for designing the dancing rabbis that appear on lamp post banners before the Chabad telethon. He’s also an illustrator of children’s books, with new ones forthcoming. Here’s are links to his work.
Beth Firestone was my writing partner in the serial we just wrapped up with Aim! (Ami) Magazine. However, she’s more famous for writing Candles in my Window.

Just down the street from me lives the screenwriter Robert Avrech. He’s also the author of the wonderful RAMBAM graphic history and the novel The Hebrew Kid and the Apache Maiden.
There are many other wonderful local Jewish authors…don’t feel bad if you’ve been left off the list.