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The Writer's Resource for Jewish-themed Story: Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry

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    You’ve now come to the final stop along the 2016 Sydney Taylor Book Award blog tour, the culmination of a full week of insightful and inspiring award-winning author and illustrator interviews. Read about the blog tour and all 2016 Sydney … Continue reading

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    The Whole Megillah (TWN): How did you decide to write a Passover story? April Halprin Wayland (AHW): When I was little, I loved the song, Dayenu, which we sing at Passover. As an adult, I’m particularly entranced by the definition … Continue reading

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    After penning six Jewish historical novels in ten years, I was outlining my seventh when I unexpectedly detoured into nonfiction last spring. Winding up an intense six-month (127 speaking gigs in 17 states) book tour promoting my latest tale, Enchantress, … Continue reading

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    The Whole Megillah (TWM): What inspired you to write this book and this book now? Nancy Davidoff Kelton (NDK): In 2005, I wrote an essay about my mother, her illness, and my relationship with her that  was published as a “Lives” … Continue reading

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    Debut children’s book author Meryl G. Gordon speaks with The Whole Megillah about her picture book, The Flower Girl Wore Celery, published by Kar-Ben. The Whole Megillah (TWM): What was your inspiration for this story? Meryl G. Gordon (MG): When my … Continue reading

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    Fascinating: The Life of Leonard Nimoy Written by Richard Michelson and illustrated by Edel Rodriguez Knopf Books for Young Readers, 40 pages, 2016 The Whole Megillah (TWM): Since you had a personal relationship with Leonard Nimoy, were there differences in … Continue reading

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    The Whole Megillah (TWM): How did you first get involved with the March of the Living? Kathy Kacer (KK): I had thought about going on the March of the Living for years, but kept putting it off. Perhaps it is … Continue reading

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    Picture book coming in January 2017 – The Sundown Kid: A Southwestern Shabbat, written by Barbara Bietz, illustrated by John Kanzler, published by August House The Whole Megillah (TWM): How did you come up with the story? What inspired you? Barbara … Continue reading

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    I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark Written by Debbie Levy Illustrated by Elizabeth Baddeley 40 pp., Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2016 The Whole Megillah (TWM): What got you interested in Ruth Bader Ginsburg (RBG)? Debbie … Continue reading

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    Louis Bamberger: Department Store Innovator and Philanthropist, written by Linda B. Forgosh. Brandeis University Press, 2016, 296 pp. The Whole Megillah (TWM): What got you interested in the life and work of Louis Bamberger? Linda Forgosh (LF): The idea to write the … Continue reading

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    The Whole Megillah (TWM): How did you come up with the idea for this book? Why this story? Why this timeframe? Bruce Askenas (BA): I got the idea for Shadows of Shame, the story of a Jewish reporter in New … Continue reading

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    The Whole Megillah welcomes back Susan Lynn Meyer, author of the 2011 Sydney Taylor Honor Book Award Winner for Older Readers, Black Radishes and now its sequel, Skating with the Statue of Liberty (Delacorte/Random House, 2016). The Whole Megillah (TWM): … Continue reading

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    You’ve now come to the final stop along the 2017 Sydney Taylor Book Award blog tour, the culmination of a full week of insightful and inspiring award-winning author and illustrator interviews. Read about the blog tour and all 2017 Sydney … Continue reading

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    A Different Kind of Passover Written by Linda Leopold-Strauss and illustrated by Jeremy Tugeau (Kar-Ben, 2017) The Whole Megillah (TWM):  What inspired you to write A Different Kind of Passover? Linda Leopold-Strauss (LLS): When I was a child, Passover was one … Continue reading

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    The Language of Angels: A Story about the Reinvention of Hebrew Written by Richard Michelson and illustrated by Karla Gudeon (Charlesbridge, 2017) The Whole Megillah (TWM): What got you interested in writing about the invention of modern Hebrew? I see you … Continue reading

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    April is National Poetry Month! The Whole Megillah will post some special content featuring poets. This is the first in the series: an interview with poet and memoirist Sue William Silverman. The Whole Megillah (TWM): You’ve been publishing a lot … Continue reading

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    Last year, I spent several months interviewing refugees from the Hungarian Revolution of 1956 on behalf of the American Hungarian Foundation. When I received news of J.E. Laufer’s account of her Jewish family’s escape, I was immediately intrigued. Following is … Continue reading

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    I came across mention of The Borscht Belt: Revisiting the Remains of America’s Jewish Vacationland (Cornell University Press, 2017) on the website of the American Historical Association. Since my family spent numerous summers at hotels there that included the Granit, … Continue reading

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