Issue No. 25, January 2017
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Publishing the Best Literature of the American Jewish Experience (AJE).

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Hello, everyone, and welcome to our January 2017 issue.

It's full speed ahead for us at Fig Tree Books as we draw ever nearer to the publication date for Abigail Pogrebin's My Jewish Year (March 14, in case you're not as focused on it as we are!). You'll read about some of the most exciting developments in the issue that follows.

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Thanks so much—and warm winter wishes to you.

—Erika Dreifus, Media Editor

Rave Reviews for Abigail Pogrebin's My Jewish Year

In the book industry, it's common for publishers and authors to be biting their proverbial (or real!) fingernails while they wait for pre-publication reviews to come in. We admit that we experience that anxiety, too. But as those assessments have arrived this month, we've been more than relieved—we've been delighted by the reception that My Jewish Year is receiving. Herewith, a sampling:

"The book is a frank reckoning with the author's own heart, but it's also about the myriad ways Jews relate to each other. Jewish and non-Jewish readers alike will appreciate this thoughtful and intimate journey through a very Jewish year."

"Pogrebin’s process is to learn about a holiday prior to observing it. Excerpts from interviews with contemporary Jewish sages frame each chapter, so the book offers a treasure of Jewish wisdom and the clear sense that many gifted teachers provided directions to this wandering Jew. My Jewish Year is a testament to the power and the promise of adult Jewish education, as well as to the transcendent value of Jewish time."

"Insightful, clever, funny, and compulsively readable....both humorous and inspiring. Even knowledgeable Jews will find wisdom and new perspectives in these pages."
Publishers Weekly

You can these reviews in full, peruse A.J. Jacobs's foreword, sample a chapter from the book, and/or pre-order My Jewish Year on our website. We await your visit!
Calendar Check
When was the last time you checked our Events Calendar

Thought so.

Be sure to give it a look every so often. Note especially that Abigail Pogrebin will be appearing at Limmud NY over the Presidents' Day weekend and holding events in multiple locations over the next few months. 

And, if the general subject of Jewish publishing interests you, take note of this forthcoming panel, too.

Details and links are available on our website.
Five Free and Easy Ways to Support Jewish Literature

Want to do a good deed? How about supporting quality Jewish literature?

Here are five free and easy ways to get started.

  1. Have you read and enjoyed a Jewish book lately? Share your enthusiasm! Add a rating and review on Amazon, Goodreads, or any bookish site you prefer.
  2. And recommend the title to your book club or reading group!
  3. Did one sentence in that novel or memoir or story or poem stand out? Why not tell the Twitterverse? Consider participating in David Abrams’s #SundaySentence project, which invites readers to share the best sentence they’ve read during the past week, “out of context and without commentary.” (I’ve been doing this for years—see all of my #SundaySentence selections archived on my own website. You’ll find a quite a few Jewish-lit selections recorded there.)
  4. Suggest that your library purchase Jewish-literature titles. Depending on the libraries you frequent, think about your local public library, your congregation/JCC library, your university library. Many libraries have online forms and links for precisely this purpose. (See, for instance, the New York Public Library’s “Recommend a Title” page.)
  5. Starting to hear buzz about a forthcoming book? Put it on your Goodreads “want-to-read” shelf. In addition to a potential algorithm boost for the book, you’ll be doing yourself a favor: You’ll receive an alert if and when the book becomes available as part of a Goodreads giveaway. (Which reminds us: there's a giveaway running for My Jewish Year right now.)

So those are just five free and easy ways to support Jewish literature and the writers who produce it.

Do you have more methods to add? We’d love to collect your suggestions. Please post them on our blog, where we originally shared these ideas and where we're hoping to compile many more in the comments section.

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