Monthly Archives: January 2020

Author’s Notebook | How to Write Compelling Stories from Family History by Annette Gendler

Gendler, Annette. How to Write Compelling Stories from Family History. 2019, $8.95 The Whole Megillah (TWM): What prompted your interest in your own family’s history? Annette Gendler (AG): Two things: When I fell in love with a Jewish man in … Continue reading

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AJL Announces 2020 Sydney Taylor Book Awards

For More Information Contact: Rebecca Levitan, Chair Sydney Taylor Book Award Committee Association of Jewish Libraries January 27, 2020 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 2020 Sydney Taylor Book Award Winners Announced Winners of the annual Sydney Taylor Book Award were … Continue reading

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Author’s Notebook | Crushing the Red Flowers by Jennifer Voigt Kaplan

Kaplan, Jennifer Voigt. Crushing the Red Flowers. Ig Publishing, 2019. 308 pp., $12.95 The Whole Megillah (TWM): What inspired you to write Crushing the Red Flowers? Jennifer Voight Kaplan (JVK): Crushing the Red Flowers is a middle-grade story set in … Continue reading

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Mid-Week Notes

Three quick things: The Jewish Book Council has just announced its 2019 winners. I agree with some choices, like Michael Dobbs’s Unwanted and, of course, Lesléa Newman’s Gittel’s Journey. But another book that won I thought lacked any authenticity. Sigh. … Continue reading

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Two-in-One Author’s Notebook | Essie’s Revelation Summer by Deanie Yasner with Publisher Nancy Sayre

Yasner, Deanie. Essie Rose’s Revelation Summer. Golden Alley Press, 2019, 241 pp. $8.99. The Whole Megillah (TWM): Essie Rose’s Revelation Summer captures so many historical (and emotional) details. How much of those came from your memory vs. research? How much … Continue reading

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Mid-Week Notes

Three quick things: I received two invitations to teach: One to teach undergrad Intro to Creative Writing and one to teach undergrad Literature of the Holocaust at two different universities. Problem: They were both for Tuesday/Thursday at 2 pm when … Continue reading

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Writing Chai

With today’s post, I am starting a new The Whole Megillah feature: Writing Chai. This ad hoc feature will focus on the writing life, craft books, courses, the struggles, the triumphs. I look forward to your participation! I am interested … Continue reading

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Mid-Week Notes

Happy New Year, everyone! Today is the first day of a new year and a new decade. Three quick things: Every December I assess my year-end accomplishments and set long- and short-term goals for the coming year(s). A tool I … Continue reading

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