Literature

Student wins new young writer award with story about the golem

By Rosa Doherty, April 19, 2016

American-Jewish writer Beatrice Baltuck Garrard has been named as the winner of the first ever Amy Levy Prize.

Ms Garrard triumphed over hundreds of entries, for her short story Feet of Clay.

The new award was set up in memory of author Amy Levy, who tragically took her own life at the age 27.

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Imre Kertész, Holocaust survivor who won Nobel Prize, dies aged 86

By Josh Jackman, March 31, 2016

Auschwitz survivor and Nobel Prize winner Imre Kertész has died aged 86, after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease.

The Hungarian writer, who was sent to the Nazi death camp as a teenager, was made a Nobel laureate in 2002 for works which the foundation said “upholds the fragile experience of the individual against the barbaric arbitrariness of history.”

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Booker Prize winner Anita Brookner dies aged 87

By JC Reporter, March 15, 2016

Award-winner author Anita Brookner has died at the age of 87

Brookner, who wrote 25 books, won the Booker Prize in 1984 for her novel Hotel du Lac.

She was born in south London in 1928, the daughter of a Polish Jewish parents, who opened their home to refugees fleeing the Nazis before World War Two.

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How to strengthen trust in God

February 4, 2016

With so many bad things happening in the world - and so many difficult challenges in our own personal lives - the following question naturally arises: how can we trust in Hashem (G-d) enough to believe that He truly has our best interests at heart?

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‘Nazi’ love novel causes outrage after awards nominations

By Sandy Rashty, August 11, 2015

A novel in which a “blonde and blue-eyed Jewess” converts to Christianity after she falls in love with a Nazi officer in the Theresienstadt concentration camp has sparked outrage after it was shortlisted for two prestigious literary awards.

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Hugo Rifkind and Samantha Ellis named as Wingate Prize judges

By JC Reporter, July 27, 2015

A leading journalist , an acclaimed novelist and a senior rabbi will be the judges for one of Anglo-Jewry’s most prestigious literary prizes, it was announced today.

Columnist Hugo Rifkind, author Samantha Ellis and Jonathan Wittenberg, senior rabbi of Masorti Judaism, will decide who will win next year’s Jewish Quarterly-Wingate Prize, and receive £4,000 in prize money.

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Novelist E L Doctorow dies, aged 84

By JC Reporter, July 22, 2015

E L Doctorow, the acclaimed American Jewish author, has died after a battle with lung cancer. He was 84.

In a tweet, United States president Barack Obama paid tribute, describing him as “one of America’s greatest novelists.

“His books taught me much, and he will be missed.”

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Why I had to expose the 'secret' of Hitler

By Emma Craigie, May 8, 2015

When the Russian tanks entered the centre of Berlin on April 29 1945, a 26-year-old Jewish woman was travelling in a jeep ahead of the troops. Elena Rzhevskaya was a military interpreter for Russia's 3rd Shock Army. She worked for SMERSH, the Soviet counter-intelligence agency, whose name is an acronym of the Russian for "death to spies".

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Jemma Wayne longlisted for £30,000 Baileys fiction prize

By JC Reporter, March 10, 2015

Jemma Wayne has been longlisted for the £30,000 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction for her debut novel After Before.

Ms Wayne joins 19 other writers, including Sarah Waters, Rachel Cusk and Anne Tyler.

She said she was “thrilled.

“It’s a real honour to be in such great company."

Her book is about three women facing profound challenges in their lives.

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Authors from across the globe compete on JQ-Wingate prize shortlist

By Josh Jackman, January 13, 2015

The nominees for this year’s prestigious JQ-Wingate literary prize come from all over the globe, with authors from four continents competing on the shortlist, announced today.

Famous literary figures such as Simon Schama and Ari Shavit, as well as controversial anti-Zionist Ilan Pappé, fell by the wayside as the longlist was cut down from 15 to seven.

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