Literature

Women's Prize for Fiction: AM Homes on shortlist

By Jennifer Lipman, April 16, 2013

Jewish novelist AM Homes remains in the running for the annual Women's Prize for Fiction following the shortlist announcement this morning.

The author is shortlisted for the £30,000 prize – formerly the Orange Prize – for her novel May We Be Forgiven, of which JC critic Madeleine Kingsley wrote: "I would not lose a word of her whip-sharp wit or unerring dialogue".

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Naomi Alderman, Benjamin Markovits on 2013 Granta List

By Jennifer Lipman, April 15, 2013

Jewish novelists Naomi Alderman and Benjamin Markovits have been named among the 20 most promising young British writers by Granta on its prestigious once-a-decade list.

The Granta List, which first appeared in 1983, identifies 20 promising wordsmiths under the age of 40.

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Diamonds on offer at London Literary Festival

By Jennifer Lipman, April 11, 2013

A reading from Israeli author Aharon Appelfeld's work, chaired by BBC Today programme presenter James Naughtie, will form part of the line-up for this year's London Literature Festival.

The Israeli writer is nominated for the International Man Booker Award, the winner of which will be announced on May 22.

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Picoult aims to boost Shoah education by novel approach

By Jennifer Lipman, April 11, 2013

She has written about teenage gun crime and suicide pacts, visited death row and befriended a condemned man. She has even spent a night ghost-hunting in the name of her craft. Is there any subject novelist Jodi Picoult will not tackle? “No,” she says. “I haven’t found one yet.”

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Innocent honesty inside an Aryan exterior

By Vanessa Curtis, April 11, 2013

Let Me Tell You A Story
Renata Calverley

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Poor bare, forked males

By Simon Round, April 11, 2013

If you buy only one quirky, surreal collection of comedy short stories about relationships this year, make it Simon Rich’s The Last Girlfriend on Earth (Serpent’s Tail, £9.99).

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‘Jews are defined by words, not religion or ethnicity’

By Simon Rocker, April 11, 2013

Frank Sinatra’s daughter Nancy once released a song called, These Boots are Made for Walking. Amos Oz and Fania Oz-Salzberger’s book, Jews and Words, could have been sub-titled, These Books are Made for Talking.

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Jodi Picoult on the Shoah

By Jennifer Lipman, April 4, 2013

It was perhaps inevitable that the reigning queen of moral-dilemma fiction would one day turn her attention to the Holocaust.

In her career so far — 20 novels and counting — American writer Jodi Picoult has delved into witchcraft, gun crime, suicide pacts and teenage cancer, not to mention the Amish and Native American communities.

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Can a psychoanalyst see through you?

By Rebecca Abrams, April 4, 2013

Psychoanalysis and Ghostly Transmissions
By Stephen Frosh

Have you ever seen a ghost? Or felt that an event in your past needed laying to rest? Or had a strong premonition something was going to happen before it actually did? Or caught sight of your reflection in a shop window and for a moment failed to recognise yourself?

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Brothers and others

By Moris Farhi, April 4, 2013

Exposure
By Sayed Kashua (Trans: Mitch Ginsburg)

Deliberations on our individuality, our place in the world — whether or not our attitudes towards social, political and religious responsibilities offer acceptable meanings to life — have been major themes in literature since Antiquity.

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