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#52snapshots–Week 2

My first snapshot about my paternal great-grandmother, Bryna Dvorkin Krasner, is now drafted, thanks to an Amherst Writers memoir group I’ve been writing with since August 2020. I have added portraits of her and my great-grandfather, Mordechai (Mottel) Krasner, to … Continue reading

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#52snapshots–Week 1

This week begins a new The Whole Megillah feature based on a Creative Nonfiction webinar given last week by memoirist/essayist Sonja Livingston. She titled it “52 Snapshots.” Livingston defines a snapshot as a written description of a scene or image … Continue reading

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Two-in-One Author’s Notebook | The Ninth Night of Hanukkah, Written by Erica S. Perl, Illustrated by Shahar Kober

Perl, Erica S. The Ninth Night of Hanukkah. Illus. Shahar Kober. Sterling Children’s Books, 2020, 32 pp. The Whole Megillah (TWM): What inspired this story? Erica Perl (EP): The story was inspired by my two daughters. One Hanukkah night, they … Continue reading

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Event Announcement: Mercer County Community College Interview with Deanie Yasner, 10/8, Noon EDT

“There are so many things I DO NOT UNDERSTAND.” What happens when the lone Jewish girl in a small Mississippi town challenges the rules of segregation in the hot summer of 1953? Essie Rose Ginsberg, writer, loner, and all-time worrier … Continue reading

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Two-in-One | Behind the Bookcase, written by Barbara Lowell, illustrated by Valentina Toro

Lowell, Barbara. Behind the Bookcase: Miep Gies, Anne Frank, and the Hiding Place. Illustr. Valentina Toro. Kar-Ben, 2020, 40 pp., paperback $7.99. The Whole Megillah (TWM): What prompted you to write this book? Barbara Lowell (BL): In 2016, I visited the … Continue reading

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Author’s Notebook | Judah Touro Didn’t Want to Be Famous, Written by Audrey Ades

Ades, Audrey. Judah Touro Didn’t Want to Be Famous. Illus. Vivien Mildenberger. Kar-Ben, 2020, 32 pp. The Whole Megillah (TWM): What inspired you to write this book? Audrey Ades (AA): I started writing this book in 2016, when I felt … Continue reading

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August 2020 Jewish Book Carnival

The Whole Megillah is pleased to once again host the monthly Jewish Book Carnival!         Here are this month’s links: On The Book of Life Podcast, Heidi Rabinowitz interviews the cofounder of the Jewish Grandparents Network about how … Continue reading

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Why You Should Submit to PJ Library | Authors Speak Up

Welcome to The Whole Megillah‘s cyber-round table of authors whose books were submitted and selected by PJ Library and/or PJ Our Way. Our authors include Amalia Hoffman, author/illustrator of Dreidel Day (Kar-Ben, 2018); Karen Pokras, author of the forthcoming middle-grade … Continue reading

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The Partisans Hymn – Yom Hashoah

This came into my email today. I found it very powerful.

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Announcing the First Annual “Chaiku” Contest | Guest Post by Amy Losak

About a year and a half ago, thanks to the connective power of social media, several accomplished and award-winning Jewish women’s authors of books for children decided to form a group: The Book Meshuggenahs! We now have 16 members, and … Continue reading

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