Literature

Gaiman's American Gods to become HBO series

By Jennifer Lipman, August 24, 2011

A British Jewish writer is to see his bestselling novel adapted into a series for the edgy American television channel HBO.

Neil Gaiman's 2001 book, American Gods, is a gothic tale of a modern-day America populated by mysterious deities and spirits.

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Jewish writer Philip Levine named as US poet laureate

By Jennifer Lipman, August 10, 2011

A Jewish writer has been named as the new poet laureate of the United States.

Philip Levine, 83, will start his role as the country's 18th poet laureate in October.

Mr Levine, whose parents were Russian-Jewish immigrants, has won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award.

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On this day: Mahmoud Darwish dies

By Jennifer Lipman, August 9, 2011

Darwish was an iconic figure to the Palestinians; a poet, but also a prominent political voice. When he died he was mourned by ten thousand Palestinians and the Ramallah Cultural Palace was renamed in his honour.

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Israeli kids to be told 'Go the F*** to Sleep'

By Jennifer Lipman, August 1, 2011

A children's book with a particularly unusual message is set to be published in Hebrew.

Adam Mansbach's book Go the F*** to Sleep has been a runaway success since it was published in June.

Described as a children's book for adults, it was developed from a jokey Facebook post prompted by Mr Mansbach's toddler daughter's refusal to go to sleep.

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Personal Holocaust story on Man Booker longlist

By Jennifer Lipman, July 27, 2011

A novel about a Jewish family during the Holocaust by an author who only recently discovered her Jewish heritage could take home this year's Man Booker prize.

The longlist for the prestigious literary prize, worth £50,000, was announced yesterday. One of the 13 books selected is by Canadian author Alison Pick.

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Slumdog sequel snapped up by Paul Raphael

By Jennifer Lipman, July 26, 2011

A Jewish producer is hoping his next film will be as successful as Slumdog Millionaire – with good reason.

Paul Raphael, the son of writer Frederic Raphael, who won an Oscar for his 1965 screenplay of Darling, has acquired the rights to the second novel by Vikas Swarup.

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Horrid Henry's Jewish sidekick

By Jennifer Lipman, July 14, 2011

When one of the naughtiest children in fiction is brought to the big screen later this month, a north London schoolboy will be making his red carpet debut alongside several showbiz legends.

Eleven-year-old Gabriel Werb, from Elstree, is in the film adaptation of the beloved Horrid Henry series.

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Freedland gloom as Israel boycott is applauded

By Marcus Dysch, July 14, 2011

A culture of "impunity, racism and genocidal tendencies has overtaken Israeli society", according to Palestinian boycott activist and author Omar Barghouti.

Mr Barghouti was speaking in support of a boycott motion proposed at a London Literature Festival debate at the Southbank Centre on Sunday.

He was joined by Seni Seneviratne, a British-Sri Lankan poet who is a member of British Writers i

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Writers urge UN Security Council for Syria resolution

By Jennifer Lipman, June 23, 2011

The Israeli author Amos Oz has joined six other intellectuals including the French Jewish philosopher Bernard-Henri Levy in calling on the UN Security Council to go further in its reaction to the government crackdowns in Syria.

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On this day: Erich Segal was born

By Anna Slater, June 16, 2011

Coming from two generations of rabbis, Erich Segal was expected to attend yeshiva and follow in the footsteps of his father and grandfather.

But desperate to pursue a career in writing, he struck a deal with his father as a teenager. He would be allowed to attend a mainstream school, as long as he agreed to spend his evenings studying the Bible at the local Jewish Theological Seminary.

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