Books

Inaugural N.O. Book Festival canceled for 2020

Citing concerns over the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, organizers of the New Orleans Book Festival at Tulane University canceled their inaugural event for 2020 scheduled to take place March 19-21 on the Uptown Tulane campus. Festival organizers, including co-chairs Walter Issacson and former New Orleans First Lady Cheryl Landrieu, have indicated...
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Publisher axes Woody Allen memoir

(JTA) — Hachette Book Group announced it will not publish Woody Allen’s memoir after its employees staged a walkout in protest of the company’s deal with the acclaimed filmmaker.

Hachette announced the decision to cancel the publication of “Apropos of Nothing” on Friday. The book had been scheduled for release...
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The first ‘Harry Potter’ book is now available in Yiddish

(JTA) — As of today, the first book in the Harry Potter series is available in Yiddish.

“Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” — or “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” as it is known in the United States — was released in Yiddish by the Swedish publisher Olniansky Tekst...
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Jodi Kantor on what’s changed since her Weinstein story unleashed a wave of #MeToo

By EMILY BURACK

NEW YORK (JTA) — When New York Times journalists Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey broke the Harvey Weinstein story on Oct, 5, 2017, it started a #MeToo revolution: Women began sharing personal experiences of the sexual harassment and abuse they had faced.

Even though the activist Tarana...
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Best-selling novelist Judith Krantz dies at 91

(JTA) — Best-selling novelist Judith Krantz, whose first novel “Scruples” was published the year that she turned 50, has died.

Krantz died on Saturday at her home in Bel Air, California at the age 91, Deadline reported.

According to the Jewish Women’s Archives, Krantz is the third-largest-selling female novelist in...
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Herman Wouk, legendary author who brought Judaism into the mainstream, dies at 103

By RACHEL GORDAN

BOSTON (JTA) — Herman Wouk, the bestselling Orthodox Jewish author whose literary career spanned nearly seven decades and who helped usher Judaism into the American mainstream, died Friday at the age of 103.

His agent confirmed the news to The Associated Press.

Wouk was the author of two...
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Amos Oz, a ‘saintly intellectual’ who turned Israel’s national reality into art

By ANDREW SILOW-CARROLL

(JTA) — Amos Oz would often speak in the kind of tossed-off epigrams that come only with a lot of practice. But just when you wanted to smack him for his breezy erudition, he would redeem himself with a flash of spot-on — and hilarious — self-awareness.

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Alice Walker endorses anti-Semitic tract in a New York Times feature

By SAM SOKOL

(JTA) — Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Alice Walker has come under intense criticism after endorsing a book by anti-Semitic conspiracy theorist David Icke.

In an interview with The New York Times Book Review, Walker — who is best known for her book “The Color Purple,” detailing the hardships of African-American...
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OP-ED: Stan Lee gave comic books permission to be more Jewish

By ARIE KAPLAN

(JTA) — When Stan Lee died on Nov. 12 at 95, he left behind a vast legacy. Between 1961 and 1969, his greatest sustained burst of creative activity, he co-created a vast array of iconic characters, including Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four, the X-Men, the Avengers, the Incredible...
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In J.K. Rowling’s new novel, a villain is an Israel-hating anti-Semite

By YVETTE ALT MILLER

(JTA) — For months author J.K. Rowling has been warning about the dangers of anti-Semitism in England, sparring on Twitter with critics who either downplay the phenomenon or say its proponents are confusing criticism of Israel with Jew hatred.

Now, in her newest book, she includes...
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