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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 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 ▸

  • By Popular Acclaim, Author Foer Gets Top Title in New Book Awards

    The people have spoken, and they spake Foer. “Everything is Illuminated,” Jonathan Safran Foer’s tragi-comic tale of a young American Jew’s journey through Ukraine in search of his grandfather’s roots, is the first winner of’s people’s choice award for the decade’s best work of Jewish fiction. The award, and a $5,000 check, will be… More ▸

  • For Many, Book Clubs Offer Easy, Stimulating Path to Jewish Identity

    A dozen women are sitting in a second-floor lounge at San Francisco’s Jewish Community Center, heatedly discussing the first volume of Maggie Anton’s trilogy, “Rashi’s Daughters.” “I thought it was a cheap ‘Red Tent’ imitation,” says one woman, referring to Anita Diamant’s popular biblical-era novel. Another said she “gobbled up” the bits on 11th-century midwifery…. More ▸

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    British writer Tamar Yellin won the 2006 Reform Judaism Prize for Jewish Fiction. She will receive $5,000 for “Kafka in Bronteland and Other Stories,” published in February by Toby Press. The 13 short stories in the collection address similar themes of loss, displacement and the struggle to belong that animated Yellin’s first novel, “The Genizah… More ▸

  • Obituary Iconic Italian Journalist Fallaci Fought Fascism and Anti-semitism

    The crusading Italian journalist Oriana Fallaci spent the last years of her life issuing fiery warnings against a Muslim world that she saw poised to overrun the West. Critics accused Fallaci of sowing racial and religious hatred, but she became a heroine to many Jews and Israelis for her vocal defense of Israel and denunciations… More ▸