Category Archives: Authors

Author’s Notebook | Creation Colors by Ann D. Koffsky

Creation Colors by Ann D. Koffsky, 24 pp., $17.95, Apples & Honey Press, April 2019 The Whole Megillah (TWM): What was your inspiration for this story? Ann Koffsky (AK): A huge, blank wall. Really! My synagogue has a large blank … Continue reading

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2019 Sydney Taylor Book Award Blog Tour | Final Stop

You’ve now come to the final stop along the 2019 Sydney Taylor Book Award blog tour, the culmination of a full week of insightful and inspiring award-winning author and illustrator interviews. Read about the blog tour and all 2019 Sydney … Continue reading

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Author’s Notebook | Hand in Hand by Andria Warmflash Rosenbaum

Hand in Hand, written by Andria Warmflash Rosenbaum and illustrated by Maya Shleifer, 32 pp., $17.95, Apples & Honey Press, April 2019 The Whole Megillah (TWM): What inspired you to write this story? Andria Warmflash Rosenbaum (AWR): I was around … Continue reading

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Author’s Notebook | On the Landing: Stories by Yenta Mash, Translated by Ellen Cassedy

On the Landing: Stories by Yenta Mash, translated by Ellen Cassedy (Northern Illinois University Press, 2018, 192 pp., paperback, $16.95) The Whole Megillah (TWM): What motivated you to learn Yiddish? Ellen Cassedy (EC): Years ago, when my mother died, I decided … Continue reading

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Author’s Notebook | Gittel’s Journey, written by Lesléa Newman and illustrated by Amy June Bates

Gittel’s Journey: An Ellis Island Story, written by Lesléa Newman and illustrated by Amy June Bates (Abrams, 2019). On sale February 5, 2019. The Whole Megillah (TWM):  There are many picture books about Jewish immigration to America during the mass … Continue reading

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Author’s Notebook | Searching for Lottie by Susan L. Ross

Searching for Lottie by Susan L. Ross, Holiday House, 176 pages, $17.99, available February 2019 The Whole Megillah (TWM): What prompted you to write Searching for Lottie? Susan L. Ross (SLR): In Searching for Lottie, I hoped to take a … Continue reading

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Author’s Notebook | The Heirs by Fran Hawthorne

The Heirs, a Novel by Fran Hawthorne, Stephen E. Austin State University Press, 2018, 234 pp. The Whole Megillah (TWM): What inspired you to write this novel? Fran Hawthorne (FH): As an American Jew, I knew that I was extraordinarily … Continue reading

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