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2013 National Jewish Book Award Winners Named

By Forward Staff

The National Jewish Book Council has announced the winners of the 2013 National Jewish Book Awards.

The Award, now in its 63rd year, is given in 17 categories including fiction, history, poetry, scholarship and the Everett Family Foundation Award for Jewish Book of the Year.

Honorees this year include Yossi Klein Halevi for “Like Dreamers: The Story of the Israeli Paratroopers Who Reunited Jerusalem and Divided a Nation”; Richard Breitman and Allan J. Lichtman for “FDR and the Jews”; Ari Shavit for “My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel,” and Amos Oz for “Between Friends.”

The prizes will be awarded March 5 at a ceremony at the Center for Jewish History in Manhattan. Read a complete list of winners and finalists here, and an excerpt from ‘Like Dreamers’ in the Forward, here.

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Jewish Book Award Winners Announced

By Forward Staff

The Jewish Book Council has announced this year’s winners of its National Jewish Book Award. The award is given in 18 categories, including a lifetime achievement award, which this year went to Eric R. Kandel, who was also a 2000 Nobel Prize recipient in Physiology or Medicine.

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Other winners include Franklin Foer and Marc Tracy for their anthology “Jewish Jocks: An Unorthodox Hall of Fame”; Gerald Sorin for his biography “Howard Fast: Life and Literature in the Left Lane,” and Francesca Segal for her novel, “The Innocents.” The Jewish Book of the Year Award was given to “City of Promises: A History of the Jews of New York” edited by Deborah Dash Moore, while Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz was honored with the nonfiction award in Modern Jewish Thought and Experience for his edition of the Talmud, published by Koren.

The winners will be honored at a gala on March 14, at the Center for Jewish History in Manhattan. Read the full list of winners and finalists here.

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Jews, Poetry and the Avant-Garde

By Jake Marmer

Each Thursday, The Arty Semite features excerpts and reviews of the best contemporary Jewish poetry. This week Jake Marmer writes about “Radical Poetics and Secular Jewish Culture.”

Last year’s excellent anthology “Radical Poetics and Secular Jewish Culture,” a comprehensive collection of writings from leading Jewish poets and critics such as Charles Bernstein, Jerome Rothenberg, Marjorie Perloff, and many others, has not received the acclaim it surely deserves.

The book has sparked intriguing conversations and collaborations, however, the latest of which took place on November 11 at New York’s Poets House. Four of the anthology’s contributors — Hank Lazer, Maria Damon, Stephen Paul Miller and Alicia Ostriker — gathered to read and discuss their contributions to the volume and the subject of Jewish cultural and poetic identity in general.

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