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Issue No. 5, February 2015
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Publishing the Best Fiction of the American Jewish Experience (AJE).

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February may be a short month, but it has been a busy one for us at Fig Tree Books as we prepare for our first book to reach bookstores (and readers!) in March. Plus, we've had some amazing press lately. It's all covered in this issue.

As always, we are grateful for the opportunity to share our latest goings-on with you. And, as always, we invite you keep in touch with us between newsletters by clicking any of the buttons above to "like" us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and/or discover fresh content on our website. (If you have received this newsletter because someone has forwarded it to you, please be sure to subscribe for updates yourself.) 

On to the issue!
 
—Erika Dreifus, Media Editor
 
News About Our Books

By the time our next newsletter reaches you, Alan Cheuse's Prayers for the Living will be in bookstores! Plus, soon enough Alan will be in plenty of bookstores himself to share it with you. Starting on Thursday, March 19, when Alan reads at BookCourt in Brooklyn, he'll be meeting readers across the country. Check his website to see if he'll be in your neighborhood (and check back, because more events are being "booked" all the time).

Remember that just a few weeks after Prayers for the Living is published, you'll be able to find our second book—a re-issue of Meyer Levin's Compulsion—in bookstores as well. Originally released in 1956, this classic novel will be published on April 14. Read an excerpt along with snippets from our new foreword by Marcia Clark and introduction by Gabriel Levin on our website. (We can't tell you that you can meet Meyer Levin, but we do have something special planned for you that we'll be announcing as soon as we can.)

And, rounding things out this spring, May will bring our publication of Jonathan Papernick's The Book of Stone (May) and Jessamyn Hope's Safekeeping (June). Both Jon and Jess are eager to meet with readers, too, and their event schedules are shaping up very nicely. (Mark your calendars now for Jon's Boston-area launch at Harvard Book Store on Thursday, May 14, and a Canadian launch at Type Books on Queen Street West in his native Toronto on Thursday, June 4.) 
 
Giveaway Alerts
 
Drum roll, please! This is the only time that we will be offering galley giveaways for all four of our inaugural novels at once. Enter to win any (or all) of them.
 
Safekeeping by Jessamyn Hope

The Book of Stone by Jonathan Papernick

Compulsion by Meyer Levin, with a foreword by Marcia Clark and an introduction by Gabriel Levin

Prayers for the Living by Alan Cheuse, with a foreword by Tova Mirvis
 
Good luck to all! And a reminder to the giveaway winners--we love hearing what you think of these books after you've read them. Please do post your reviews and ratings on Goodreads. Thanks so much!
Kvell Korner
 
Last week was quite a week for our team. We were delighted—and, yes, a little humbled—by the spotlight thrown on us in two of our favorite publications.

From the Jewish press came Sandee Brawarsky's spring books preview article for The Jewish Week, which opens as follows: "While there's frequent news these days of bookstores closing and publishers downsizing, the really good news is that two new publishers interested in Jewish literature are introducing their first titles this season." (Guess who's one of them?) You can find the full article, which also touts The Book of Stone and Safekeeping, online.

Our authors and the rest of our team are also regular readers of Poets & Writers magazine. So we were thrilled to discover that the magazine's editors had chosen Fig Tree for a standalone piece. We are the focus of the "Small Press Points" column in P&W's March/April 2015 issue, which you can find now on newsstands and online.
 
A Reminder Re: the FTB Blog
 
Miss us between newsletters? Check in with our blog! Recently noted there: new reviews of important titles in American Jewish literature, including Barbara Solomon Josselsohn on I.B. Singer's Shosha and Rachel Unkefer on Steve Stern's The Angel of Forgetfulness.

We also have a habit of sharing on our blog an assortment of online discoveries relating to American Jewish Experience (AJE), broadly defined. And you never know when you'll catch a fresh dispatch from FTB HQ—like this one about resources for book clubs and groups. Please come visit—FigTreeBooks.net/blog—and comment! We'll look forward to seeing you there.
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