Author Archives: Barbara Krasner

About Barbara Krasner

History writer and award-winning author Barbara Krasner writes Jewish-themed poetry, articles, nonfiction books, and novels for children and adults.

On My Night Stand | The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

Yes, I know this is not a craft book or a work of literature, and there’s no Jewish content here. But I present these two books here in the interest of spring cleaning and renewal. I’d heard about Marie Kondo … Continue reading

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Author’s Notebook | When We Were Shadows by Janet Wees

The Whole Megillah (TWM): What prompted you to write this book? Janet Wees (JW): When I visited the memorial site of The Hidden Village in the mid-2000s, it affected me more than other sites I’d seen; it gave me a … Continue reading

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On My Night Stand | The Seven by Ellen Friedman

I attended a session at the Princeton Public Library three weeks ago about writing the memories of others. The speaker, professor and memoirist Ellen G. Friedman, shared her family’s story: seven of her family members escaped east into the Soviet … Continue reading

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Literary Offerings into the World | March 2018 Report

Poetry: 8 submissions (American Poetry Review, Redivider, Bodega, Bateau, Comstock Review, Agni, Salt Hill Journal, Lunch Ticket). 0 acceptances. 1 rejection (Rappahannock Review).  I gave two poetry readings from Chicken Fat this month: Somerset Poetry Group at the Bridgewater Library … Continue reading

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Two Seats Left! Mining Your Memories on the Page

Two seats remain in the April online memoir class. Claim your place now! In November 2011, I drafted a genealogical memoir, piecing together 20 years of research conducted in cramped libraries, intimidating archives, and through the efforts of hired researchers … Continue reading

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On My Night Stand | A Primer for Poets and Readers of Poetry by Gregory Orr

Every now and then I like to indulge in a good craft book. I am a fan of Gregory Orr’s poetry and saw this book advertised in the latest issue of The Writer’s Chronicle. It’s targeted toward young poets—a population … Continue reading

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March 2018 Jewish Book Carnival

The Whole Megillah is pleased to once again host the monthly Jewish Book Carnival! Here are this month’s links: Chava Pinchuck spoke with Yael Levy about romance novels and social commentary. Over on My Machberet, Erika Dreifus routinely curates pre-Shabbat Jewish-lit links. Here’s … Continue reading

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