Category Archives: Authors

Poet’s Notebook | Joan Seliger Sidney

I first met Joan at the 2010 Jewish Children’s Writing workshop at the Highlights Foundation in Pennsylvania. I found her writing to be strong and lyrical. Turned out she’s been writing poetry for the adult market for some time. After … Continue reading

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Author’s Notebook | Kathy Kacer and Jordana Lebowitz, To Look a Nazi in the Eye

To Look a Nazi in the Eye: A Teen’s Account of a War Criminal Trial, by Kathy Kacer with Jordana Lebowitz, Second Story Press, 2017, 231 pp. The Whole Megillah (TWM): What drew you to this topic? Kathy Kacer (KK): … Continue reading

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Author’s Notebook | Tammar Stein, The Six-Day Hero

I had the pleasure of meeting author Tammar Stein at the August Tent: Jewish Children’s Literature program at the National Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, Mass. She was able to take time out from her busy schedule to talk about … Continue reading

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Author’s Notebook | The Borscht Belt: Revisiting the Remains of America’s Jewish Vacationland by Marisa Scheinfeld

I came across mention of The Borscht Belt: Revisiting the Remains of America’s Jewish Vacationland (Cornell University Press, 2017) on the website of the American Historical Association. Since my family spent numerous summers at hotels there that included the Granit, … Continue reading

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Author’s Notebook | Choices by J.E. Laufer

Last year, I spent several months interviewing refugees from the Hungarian Revolution of 1956 on behalf of the American Hungarian Foundation. When I received news of J.E. Laufer’s account of her Jewish family’s escape, I was immediately intrigued. Following is … Continue reading

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Author’s Notebook | Sue William Silverman, Poet and Memoirist

April is National Poetry Month! The Whole Megillah will post some special content featuring poets. This is the first in the series: an interview with poet and memoirist Sue William Silverman. The Whole Megillah (TWM): You’ve been publishing a lot … Continue reading

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Author’s Notebook | Richard Michelson, The Language of Angels

The Language of Angels: A Story about the Reinvention of Hebrew Written by Richard Michelson and illustrated by Karla Gudeon (Charlesbridge, 2017) The Whole Megillah (TWM): What got you interested in writing about the invention of modern Hebrew? I see you … Continue reading

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