Wednesday, August 11, 2021


Life Is Like a Library is honored to host the August Jewish Book Carnival -- a monthly round up of links from across the blogosphere. It includes book reviews, author interviews, essays and other posts related to Jewish books. 

The purposes of the Jewish Book Carnival are to build community among bloggers who feature Jewish books and their blogs, and to promote Jewish reading and fields supporting this reading such as publishing and library services.

At Life Is Like a Library, in time for summer vacation, an interview with Tzippi Moss, author of Angels & Tahina: 18 Lesson from Hiking the Israel Trail (Goat Path Publishing, 2020)

It's Choc's Away at Green Bean Books, where two upcoming books explore the Jewish connection to chocolate. Be sure to take the quiz and test your knowledge of Jewish chocolate history.

Barbara Bietz at Jewish Books for Kids and Deborah Kalb at Book Q&As with Deborah Kalb both bring us interviews with Norman H. Finkelstein about his new book, The Shelter and the Fence: When 982 Holocaust Refugees Found Safe Haven in America (Chicago Review Press, 2021). 

The Book of Life Podcast features an interview with Nancy Werlin, author of Zoe Rosenthal Is Not Lawful Good, a story of a Jewish girl whose sci-fi fandom provides a way for her to grow into her true self.

A Jewish Grandmother reviews The Wisdom of Getting Unstuck, which gives wonderful advice on how to make your life better.

Each week, Erika Dreifus's My Machberet blog curates links from the world of Jewish books and writing. Here's one recent example: Jewish Literary Links

Mirta Ines Trupp delves into Jewish Science Fiction and Fantasy as she interviews Valerie Estelle Frankel on her blog.

Check out this coloring page from author/illustrator Ann Koffsky!

Star Trek and the Jews features an interview with Judaica librarian Heidi Rabinowitz about Star Trek fiction with Jewish characters.

Shiloh Musings discovered The 40 Day Challenge: Daily Jewish Insights to Prepare for the High Holidays. This guide will help us improve our lives not just the 40 days before Yom Kippur, but all year long. 

The Association of Jewish Libraries will hold an online session "AJL Presents: Recommended Recent Jewish Children’s Books" on Sunday, August 29, 2021 at 9:30AM PT / 12:30PM ET / 7:30PM Israel Time. The creators of The Sydney Taylor Shmooze blog will share Jewish children’s/YA titles recommended for Judaic collections. This is a good way to learn about worthy titles beyond those recognized by the Sydney Taylor Book Awards. This event is sponsored by AJL’s SSCPL Division and is open to members and non-members.
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Ketiva V'Chatima Tova - May you be written and sealed in the Book of Life for a good year!