literature

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    The National Yiddish Book Center is to receive $750,000 for a Yiddish fellowship program for college students. More ▸

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    Finalists were named for the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature. The Jewish Book Council, administrator of the new prize, announced last Friday that the winner will be chosen in March and the $100,000 prize will be awarded in May. More ▸

  • Around the Jewish World French Jews Appear to Be Opting

    With the French presidential election three months away, conservative candidate Nicolas Sarkozy is gaining strength in the Jewish community. But are voters being swayed by Sarkozy’s strong support of Israel and tough stands on suburban violence and Islamic fundamentalism, or do they just not think much of his opponent, Segolene Royal of the Socialist Party?… More ▸

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    Pulitzer Prize-winning author William Styron died at age 81. The author of “The Confessions of Nat Turner” and “Sophie’s Choice” succumbed to pneumonia after a long illness. The novels by the white, Protestant Southerner often dealt controversially with the experiences of persecuted minorities. The author was also a liberal activist, whose work included advocating for… More ▸

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    Robert Rosenberg, who brought hard-boiled Boston sensibilities to his writing about Israel, died at 54. His employer, Ha’aretz, said he died Wednesday of cancer in Tel Aviv. Rosenberg’s experiences covering the police beat for the Jerusalem Post in the 1980s were the basis for four detective novels featuring Avram Cohen, a brandy-swigging Holocaust survivor. He… More ▸

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    Jonathan Safran Foer’s “Everything Is Illuminated” was named the decade’s best work of Jewish fiction. More than 1,500 people voted online in the first People’s Choice Award, sponsored by JBooks.com. Foer’s 2004 novel was chosen by 34.7 percent, and Philip Roth’s “The Plot Against America” was chosen by 29.3 percent. The remaining finalists were Cynthia… More ▸