Lauren Belfer’s ‘And After the Fire’ explores anti-Jewish, classical music strains


And After the Fire by Lauren Belfer. Harper Collins Publishers, New York City. 2016. 451 pp. $26.99

Is it possible for music that lifts the soul to come from a place of hatred? This is part of the underpinning theme of Lauren Belfer’s most recent historical novel...
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Passover books for one kid — or many


(JTA) — Afikomen hunts, a rambunctious pup and the catchy classic “Dayenu.” All are featured in a half-dozen new Passover books for children that will inform and entertain even the littlest kid — or a whole herd of ’em.

The eight-day holiday kicks off this year on the...
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Author Imre Kertesz, Holocaust survivor and Nobel laureate, dies at 86

(JTA) — Imre Kertesz, a Holocaust survivor who won the Nobel Prize for Literature, has died.

Kertesz, who portrayed the horrors of Auschwitz in some of his writings, died Thursday at his Budapest home, said his publisher, the Magyeto Kiado firm. He was 86 and reportedly suffered from Parkinson’s disease.

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Dennis Ross, Shulem Deen among National Jewish Book Awards winners

(JTA) — Dennis Ross, a former top U.S. official, and Shulem Deen, who wrote about leaving the Hasidic world, were among the winners of 2015 National Jewish Book Awards.

“Anonymous Soldiers: The Struggle For Israel, 1917-1947,” a book by Bruce Hoffman about Jewish operations in prestate Israel, was tapped as...
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Canadian court to hear $3 million case over disputed Holocaust memoir

(JTA) – The Federal Court of Canada will consider a lawsuit filed by three filmmakers alleging that a Canadian author and her publisher plagiarized a family history presented in their documentary.

Judy Maltz, an Israeli-American journalist, along with Barbara Bird and Richie Sherman, both associate professors of film at Penn...
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Amos Oz to receive South Korean literary award

TEL AVIV (JTA) — Acclaimed Israeli author Amos Oz will receive South Korea’s most prestigious literary award.

Oz, 76, will receive the Park Kyong-ni prize later this month in South Korea, according to Haaretz. While there, Oz is expected to deliver a lecture and give interviews.

He is the author...
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Best-selling novelist Jackie Collins dies at 77

(JTA) — Jackie Collins, whose steamy novels sold more than 500 million copies, has died following a six-year battle with breast cancer that she never divulged to the public.

Collins, the daughter of a Jewish father and an Anglican mother, died Saturday in Los Angeles. She was 77.

Her best-selling...
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Oliver Sacks, neurologist and ‘Awakenings’ author, dies at 82

(JTA) — Dr. Oliver Sacks, a noted neurologist and the best-selling author of “Awakenings,” has died.

Sacks died Sunday of cancer at his home in New York City, according to The New York Times. He was 82.

He gained prominence from his work as a clinical neurologist, as well as...
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Novel about Nazi-Jewish affair roils romance literature world


(JTA) — German thinker Theodor Adorno famously stated that it’s barbaric to write poetry after Auschwitz — but he said nothing about romance novels.

For author Kate Breslin, the Holocaust apparently provided just the right amount of narrative tension for her new book, “For Such a Time,”...
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Scott Cowen’s ‘Invevitable City’ is released in paperback

Scott Cowen’s “The Inevitable City: The Resurgence of New Orleans and the Future of Urban America” will be released today in paperback form at all area bookstores.

Cowen, who was the subject of an exclusive CCJN interview in 2014, served as the 14th president of Tulane University from 1998 until...
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