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I am so proud to be part of the team at Fig Tree Books that will introduce this extraordinary novel to readers.
Sep 15, 2014
Sep 22, 2014
The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit: My Family's Exodus from Old Cairo to the New World
I'd been meaning to read Lucette Lagnado's family memoir for awhile. Learning that the book had won the 2008 Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature mot ...more
Mar 2008
Jul 11, 2010
Three Scenarios In Which Hana Sasaki Grows A Tail
Please see my interview with author Kelly Luce (based on a complimentary advance reading copy of the book) right here.
Aug 16, 2013
Aug 09, 2013
What There Is to Say We Have Said: The Correspondence of Eudora Welty and William Maxwell
Sometimes, our admiration for an author’s work may be tempered by learning about his or her less noble personal traits. For instance, T.S. Eliot’s “Lo ...more
Feb 2011
Jun 20, 2011
Fields of Exile
Please see my Q&A with author Nora Gold:
Mar 21, 2014
Mar 23, 2014
The First Man
Albert Camus was a forty-six-year-old Nobel laureate in literature when he died in an automobile crash on January 4, 1960. Found amid the debris was a ...more
not set
Jun 20, 2010
Prayers for the Living
At Fig Tree Books, where I'm Media Editor, we've all long admired Alan Cheuse's NPR book reviews. But as soon as I joined the Company, I had the oppor ...more
Aug 18, 2014
Sep 22, 2014
Everyday Writing: Tips and prompts to fit your regularly scheduled life
Terrific book. I received a review copy and am thrilled to have hosted a Q&A with the author.
May 06, 2012
May 07, 2012
Raising the Dead
Maybe the only thing more powerful than reading Ron Rash's poems is hearing Ron Rash read them in person. By the time he'd finished "Black-Eyed Susans ...more
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Jun 20, 2010
The Pawnbroker
Immensely honored to be part of the team at Fig Tree Books that will be re-publishing this classic novel in the fall. Our edition features a new forew ...more
Apr 29, 2015
Apr 29, 2015
The Sea Beach Line
Now it can be told! I read this remarkable book in manuscript--I am part of the team at Fig Tree Books that will be publishing it in October.
Jan 31, 2015
Apr 29, 2015
Message From a Blue Jay - Love Loss and One Writer's Journey Home
Read a complimentary advance galley in preparation for author Q&A:
Mar 11, 2014
Mar 10, 2014
The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Writing Flash Nonfiction: Advice and Essential Exercises from Respected Writers, Editors, and Teachers

By Erika Dreifus

‘Tis the season to focus on nonfiction. For me, anyway. As I struggle with essays of various stripes
Aug 11, 2012
Sep 11, 2012
The Book of Stone
I'm part of the team at Fig Tree Books that will be helping readers get to know this book next spring. Boy, is it a provocative read. You'll see, in d ...more
Sep 08, 2014
Sep 22, 2014
Paper Dreams: Writers and Editors on the American Literary Magazine
Most of the submission calls that I share in The Practicing Writer newsletter and on the Practicing Writing blog come from literary magazines. So I’m ...more
Jul 13, 2013
Jul 02, 2013
Everything I Never Told You
Read an advance e-galley to prepare for an author Q&A. Stay tuned!
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Oct 22, 2013
November 22, 1963
According to the Historical Novel Society, "To be deemed historical...a novel must have been written at least fifty years after the events described, ...more
Nov 2008
Jul 11, 2010
The 3 A.M. Epiphany: Uncommon Writing Exercises That Transform Your Fiction
(This review was originally published in The Practicing Writer, September 2005 and was based on a copy provided by Writer's Digest Books.)

I first lear
Jan 2005
Jun 20, 2010
Microstyle: The Art of Writing Little
In the six years that I have reviewed books for The Writer magazine, I have written about books that help us write novels and some that assist in penn ...more
Apr 30, 2011
Jul 11, 2011
On Bittersweet Place
I had the pleasure of reading a complimentary advance galley of this book, and then I supplied the following "blurb":

"In the pages of Ronna Wineberg’s
Jun 2014
Sep 18, 2014
Sinners and the Sea: The Untold Story of Noah's Wife
I'm filled with admiration for the achievement of this book. I will have more to say about it soon (I hope!). Meantime, I'm grateful to have received ...more
Mar 28, 2013
Mar 21, 2013
Holocaust Literature: A History and Guide
In the preface to “Holocaust Literature: A History and Guide” (Brandeis University Press), which he co-wrote with Naomi Diamant, David Roskies recalls ...more
Feb 15, 2013
May 02, 2013
The Inquest
(This review was initially published on Practicing Writing, and is based on a review copy provided by UPNE.)

I admit that I'm biased a) toward historic
Jan 2006
Jun 20, 2010
Crafting the Personal Essay: A Guide for Writing and Publishing Creative Nonfiction
(Text from interview originally published in *The Practicing Writer*)

I met Dinty W. Moore a number of years ago through the Association of Writers and
Aug 2010
Sep 02, 2010
The Day My Mother Changed Her Name: And Other Stories
Recently I had the great pleasure of reading a new release from Syracuse University Press's "Library of Modern Jewish Literature" series: The Day My M ...more
Oct 2008
Jul 11, 2010
The Island Within
From the essay I published several years ago on

"Ten years ago I found myself searching for a final paper topic in a course on Jewish-Ameri
Jan 1993
Jun 19, 2010
A Short Autobiography
“At the time of his death, Fitzgerald [1896-1940] had not published an autobiographical work of any sort – something almost unimaginable in today’s cl ...more
Nov 25, 2011
Mar 01, 2012
A Town of Empty Rooms
I jumped at the chance to read a complimentary advance copy of Karen E. Bender‘s second novel, A Town of Empty Rooms. Although I have yet to read Bend ...more
Nov 30, 2012
Dec 30, 2012
German for Travelers: A Novel in 95 Lessons
I reviewed this book for Jewish Book World last year. Here is my review:

"In ninety-five brief chapters, this novel acquaints us with an extended famil
Jan 2009
Jun 23, 2010
First Loves and Other Adventures
Grace Schulman has to be one of the most generous writers out there. I had the privilege of meeting her for a profile I wrote not too long after I beg ...more
Jul 2010
Jul 12, 2010
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