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Books

Sally Rooney won’t let her new novel ‘Beautiful World, Where Are You?’ be published by an Israeli press

By BEN SALES

(JTA) — Bestselling author Sally Rooney won’t allow her recently published novel, “Beautiful World, Where Are You?” to be published in Hebrew by an Israeli press because she supports a cultural boycott of Israel.

Like the acclaimed Irish author’s first two books, “Beautiful World” explores the life and romance of intellectual, urbane millennials. It debuted at the top of the New York Times bestseller list when it...

Enigmatic poet, musician examined in ‘The World of Bob Dylan’

By ALAN SMASON, Special to the CCJN

The World of Bob Dylan“ edited by Sean Latham. Cambridge University Press. Cambridge, United Kingdom ©2021. 351 p.

Beginning with the pivotal musical period of the Folk Era and the later emergence of rock, the mysterious figure of Bob Dylan has exerted an influence that can best be described as iconic. But despite many biographers, the man born as Robert Allen Zimmerman in...

This is the secret to how Israel’s leading technology institute manages to drive so much innovation

By RENEE GHERT ZAND

In the century or so since its founding as Israel’s first university, the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology has acquired a reputation as a driving force of Israeli innovation.

Four Nobel Prize winners and several recipients of the prestigious Israel Prize are among its more than 100,000 graduates and faculty — not to mention creators of billion-dollar companies, life-saving medical technologies, and too many startups and innovative...

One Jewish photographer’s mission to preserve the legacy of the Rosenwald schools

By DAVID SCHECHTER

ATLANTA (JTA) — To the end of his life, the civil rights hero and later congressman John Lewis remembered the half-mile walk from his family’s farm in rural Pike County, Alabama, to the Dunn’s Chapel School.

There was no school bus for Black children; Lewis’ hike was short compared with the miles walked by many of his classmates. They were being educated in surroundings separate from whites,...

A Muslim and a Jewish woman co-wrote a children’s book about standing up to prejudice

By TALIA LIBEN YARMUSH

(JTA via Kveller) – “A Place at the Table” tells the story of two middle-school girls, Elizabeth and Sara — one Jewish and one Muslim — whose friendship begins in a South Asian cooking class taught by Sara’s mother. Elizabeth is a budding chef and Sara is the new kid in school. Both girls have mothers who are studying to become American citizens, and as the...

Stan Lee’s legacy is complicated. This new book casts a shadow on it.

By JULIAN VULOJ

(JTA) — Stan Lee, arguably the most famous American comic book creator, died at age 95 in 2018.

Honoring his Jewish identity, many evoked the phrase “may his memory be a blessing” (coming from the Hebrew “zichrono l’bracha”) when reporting on his passing.  

Just what this memory looks like, however, and what it should look like, is a topic that is increasingly up for debate. 

To most...

British children’s author omits ‘Merchant of Venice’ from Shakespeare anthology, citing anti-Semitism as one reason

(JTA) — A popular British children’s author omitted “The Merchant of Venice” from his adaptation of William Shakespeare plays for young audiences.

One reason: anti-Semitism.

“Yes, there was some worry that this might be the first time an 8-year-old reads about a Jew,” Michael Morpurgo told The Guardian on Monday about the decision not to include the play in the “Tales from Shakespeare” anthology for children older than 6.

“A...

Prince and the Jews: The late rock star’s best Jewish friend tells all in new memoir

By STEPHEN SILVER

(JTA) — In the late 1960s, when Neal Karlen was not even 10 years old, he would spend time at the home of his grandparents, one of the few Jewish families that remained on the north side of Minneapolis. Karlen would play basketball and ride bikes with a group of African-American kids who lived in the neighborhood. One of them, he later realized, was a young Prince...

Jewish poet Louise Gluck wins Nobel Prize in Literature

(JTA) — Louise Gluck, the American granddaughter of Hungarian Jews, was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature on Thursday.

Gluck, 77, was awarded “for her unmistakable poetic voice that with austere beauty makes individual existence universal,” the Nobel committee wrote in its announcement.

Her collections of poetry — which explore broad and painful topics, such as family life, trauma and aging — include the books “The Wild Iris,” “Meadowlands,” “The...

Natalie Portman’s debut children’s book makes 3 classic tales ‘gender-safe’

(JTA) — Actress, director and Academy Award winner Natalie Portman can add another title to her resume: children’s book author.

The Israeli-American movie star rewrote three classic children’s stories — “The Tortoise and the Hare,” “The Three Little Pigs” and “Country Mouse and City Mouse” — to be more “gender-safe,” in her words, with fewer male pronouns and more gender diversity.

She wrote about the thinking behind the project in...