Author Frances Klagsbrun, who spoke at the Uptown Jewish Community last night, got good news in addition to a nice New Orleans audience to welcome her. Her book “Lioness: Golda Meir and the Nation of Israel” was just selected this morning as the Everett Family Foundation Jewish Book of the Year by the Jewish Book Council (JBC).
The award is considered the most prestigious in the field of Jewish literature and is selected by a committee, which considers submitted works in more than 18 categories of fiction and non-fiction. “Any book submitted is eligible for ‘Book of the Year,'” explained JBC Network program manager Evie Saphire-Bernstein. After nominations were submitted in June, Klagsbrun’s work began to stand out. “It kept rising to the top of a lot of those categories,” Saphire-Bernstein continued.
Founded in 1950, the Jewish Book of the Year has been endowed since 2003 by the Everett Family Foundation. Past recipients include some of great literary figures of the past half-century including Philip Roth, Elie Wiesel and Chaim Potok.
Klagsbrun, whose latest tome was published by Schocken Books, will be honored at the 67th annual Jewish Book of the Year Award Dinner on Tue., March 6, in ceremonies at New York City’s Prince George Hotel in Midtown. It is expected she will attend and will speak on her book and its subject. Tickets for the dinner start at $250.