Welcome to the final newsletter for 2014! As always, we at Fig Tree Books LLC (FTB) 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 newsletter issues 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.)
And with that, we wish you a Happy Hanukkah and Happy New Year. 2015 is going to be extremely exciting for us, with our very first book, Alan Cheuse's Prayers for the Living, in bookstores in March. We're thrilled to have you along for this ride.
—Erika Dreifus, Media Editor
News About Our Books
As mentioned, Alan Cheuse's Prayers for the Living will be in bookstores in March. If you live in the Washington area, please mark your calendar for Saturday, March 21, when Alan will be launching the novel at one of the country's most wonderful bookstores, Politics & Prose. More details on that to come. Meantime, you can learn more about the book (and pre-order it!) on the Prayers for the Living page on our website. Bonus: New giveaway opportunity now available courtesy of Goodreads!
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 published in 1956, this classic novel will be published on April 15. Our edition boasts some exceptional new features: a foreword by famed attorney-writer Marcia Clark and an introduction by poet and translator Gabriel Levin, one of Meyer's sons. Don't miss it! Here, too, there's a Goodreads giveaway under way, and we certainly hope that you'll enter to win a copy. (But just to be safe, you might prefer to place a pre-order now!)
Miss us between newsletters? Check in with our blog! Recent posts include reviews of important titles in American Jewish literature (lately featuring Rabbi Rebecca Einstein Schorr on Chaim Potok's classic The Chosen) as well as mini-essays inspired by discussions of more recent work (such as this piece on diversity within Jewish lit that was inspired by Julie Enszer's essay-review on fiction by Judith Katz).
We also have a habit of sharing online discoveries relating American Jewish Experience (AJE), broadly defined. And you never know when you'll catch a fresh dispatch from FTB HQ. Please come visit—FigTreeBooks.net/blog—and comment! We'll look forward to seeing you there.
Here's a new newsletter feature—one that we hope will become a staple! In the "Kvell Korner" (yes, we know, it may sound KORNY), we are delighted to offer a hearty Mazal Tov to each of the following FTB team members on their latest honors.
First, some exciting news from Jessamyn Hope, whose debut novel Safekeeping we will be publishing in June. PRISM International has nominated Jessamyn’s memoir piece “The Reverse” for a 2016 Pushcart Prize. As you may know, this prize is an American literary award that honors the best "poetry, short fiction, essays or literary whatnot" published in the small presses over the previous year. You can read the nominated essay in print in PRISM 52:4 (it's a stunner), and see photos related to the story here.
Next, the Association for Jewish Studies has awarded FTB advisor Dr. Joshua Lambert a 2014 Jordan Schnitzer Award. Conferred this week at the AJS annual conference in Baltimore, the award recognizes the excellence of Josh's book Unclean Lips: Obscenity, Jews, and American Culture (New York University Press).
Finally, New York Times Book Review art director Nicholas Blechman has cited work by Charlotte Strick among "The Best Book Covers of 2014." Of course, Charlotte's talents are no secret to us: With Claire Martinez Williams, Charlotte is one-half of the Strick&Williams design team. As such, Charlotte is part of Team FTB as well: Strick&Williams have designed the covers for Jonathan Papernick's The Book of Stone and Jessamyn Hope's Safekeeping. You can see the Safekeeping cover just above. Why not go take a peek at The Book of Stone's cover, too?