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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.

Kertesz was deported from his native Budapest to Auschwitz in 1944 at the age of 14, and was transferred the...

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 the Jewish Book of the Year.

The Jewish Book Council announced the award winners on Wednesday.

Ross, President Barack Obama’s...

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 State, are suing J.L. Witterick and Penguin Canada Books for allegedly stealing characters and the plot from their 2009 documentary,...

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 of dozens of books, including the 2002 autobiographical novel “A Tale of Love and Darkness.” Its film adaptation — written,...

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 novels, mostly depicting the lives of women in Hollywood, have been sold in 40 countries throughout the world. Her 1983...

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 from the books he wrote based on his patients’ cases.

“Awakenings,” which was published in 1973, was about a group...

Novel about Nazi-Jewish affair roils romance literature world

By BRIAN SCHAEFER

(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,” inspired by the Book of Esther.

The novel, which chronicles the blossoming affections between Hadassah Benjamin, a blonde-haired, blue-eyed Jewish...

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 his retirement last summer. He is the recipient of numerous national awards and was appointed by President Barack Obama to...

REVIEW: Bronston’s ‘Walking New Orleans’ a welcome companion

By ALAN SMASON

Walking New Orleans by Barri Bronston (Wilderness Press, 2015) 238 pgs. Photographs by Donna Goldenberg and Barri Bronston. $18.95.

With an emphasis on being environmentally sensitive and as a means of promoting healthy living alternatives, “Walking New Orleans” by Wilderness Press is the latest in a series of books designed to encourage walking tours of various selected cities.

Former Times-Picayune reporter and current Tulane University assistant director...