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AJL Announces New Jewish Fiction Prize

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 2017
 
CONTACT:
Yermiyahu Ahron Taub
ajljewishfictionaward@gmail.com
 

The Association of Jewish Libraries Announces New Jewish Fiction Prize


The Association of Jewish Libraries (AJL) is pleased to announce a new Jewish fiction award for adult readers.  The award will include a $1,000 cash prize as well as support to attend the AJL conference to receive the award.  Books published in 2017 will be eligible for the 2018 award, and the award winner will be announced in late February or early March 2018. The Association of Jewish Libraries gratefully acknowledges the generous support of Dan Wyman Books for underwriting this new award.

All works of fiction with significant Jewish thematic content written in English--novels, short story and flash fiction collections--by a single author published and available for purchase in the United States during 2017 are eligible for the award.  Jewish thematic content means an extended grappling with Jewish themes throughout the book, including Judaism, Jewish history and culture, Jewish identity, etc.  Please see the Submission Guidelines for more details.

Amalia Warshenbrot, President of Association of Jewish Libraries, notes: “In recent years, fiction featuring Jewish themes has become more prevalent than ever before.  AJL is proud to support authors incorporating Jewish topics into their work and to elevate the quality of Jewish fiction in the literary landscape.”

The Association of Jewish Libraries promotes Jewish literacy through enhancement of libraries and library resources and through leadership for the profession and practitioners of Judaica librarianship. The Association fosters access to information, learning, teaching and research relating to Jews, Judaism, the Jewish experience and Israel.  For more information, please visit www.jewishlibraries.org.
 

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The January 2017 Jewish Book Carnival

The January 2017 Jewish Book Carnival is bieng hosted by Book Q&A's with Deboarh Kalb. Deborah has rounded up links from across the blogosphere featuring Jwish book reviews,  interviews, and award announcements. See this month's carnival at http://deborahkalbbooks.blogspot.com/2017/01/january-2017-jewish-book-carnival.html. To participate in a future carnival, check out the Jewish Book Carnival HQ.

2017 Sydney Taylor Book Award Winners Announced

For More Information Contact:

Ellen Tilman, Chair
Sydney Taylor Book Award Committee
Association of Jewish Libraries
(215) 906-4657
chair@sydneytaylorbookaward.org

January 11, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

2017 SYDNEY TAYLOR BOOK AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED

Winners of the annual Sydney Taylor Book Award were announced by the Association of Jewish Libraries today. Named in memory of Sydney Taylor, author of the classic All-of-a-Kind Family series, the award recognizes books for children and teens that exemplify high literary standards while authentically portraying the Jewish experience.

GOLD MEDALISTS

I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark by Debbie Levy with illustrations by Elizabeth Baddeley, published by Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers, won the Sydney Taylor Book Award in the Younger Readers category. This delightful biography of the Supreme Court Justice teaches children that dissent does not make a person disagreeable, and can even help change the world. The grab-your-attention illustrations help explain the text.

The Inquisitor’s Tale: Or, The Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog by Adam Gidwitz, illustrated by Hatem Aly, published by Dutton Children’s Books/Penguin Random House, won the Sydney Taylor Book Award in the Older Readers category. Part fantasy and part adventure, this is the tale of strangers who become friends while on a quest to save thousands of volumes of Talmud. The beautiful illuminations reflect the medieval flavor of the book.

Anna and the Swallow Man by Gavriel Savit, published by Alfred A. Knopf/Penguin Random House, won the Sydney Taylor Book Award in the Teen Readers category. Anna is left alone in 1939 Krakow when the Nazis take her father away. She meets the mysterious Swallow Man who is able to speak “bird,” and travels with him in the forests of Poland, where they spend four years hiding and eluding capture. This is a haunting story that may be allegory or folktale or perhaps both.

SILVER MEDALISTS

Four Sydney Taylor Honor Books were also recognized. For Younger Readers, the Honor Books are Fascinating: The Life of Leonard Nimoy by Richard Michelson with illustrations by Edel Rodriguez, published by Alfred A. Knopf/Penguin Random House, and A Hat For Mrs. Goldman: A Story About Knitting and Love written by Michelle Edwards with illustrations by G. Brian Karas, published by Schwartz and Wade Books/Penguin Random House.

Dreidels on the Brain written by Joel Ben Izzy and published by Dial Books for Young Readers/Penguin Random House, and A Poem For Peter: The Story of Ezra Jack Keats and the Creation of The Snowy Day by Andrea Davis Pinkney with illustrations by Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher, published by Viking Children’s Books/Penguin Random House, are the Honor books in the Older Readers Category.

In addition to the medal winners, the Award Committee designated ten Notable Books of Jewish Content for 2017. More information about the Sydney Taylor Book Award and a complete listing of the award winners and notables can be found at www.SydneyTaylorBookAward.org.

Winning authors and illustrators will receive their awards at the Annual Conference of the Association of Jewish Libraries, to be held in New York City in June. Gold and silver recipients will also participate in a blog tour during February. For more information about the blog tour please visit www.jewishlibraries.org/blog.

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 THE 2017 SYDNEY TAYLOR BOOK AWARDS
ANNOUNCED BY THE ASSOCIATION OF JEWISH LIBRARIES

The Sydney Taylor Book Award Winner for Younger Readers
I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark
by Debbie Levy with illustrations by Elizabeth Baddeley
(Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers)

The Sydney Taylor Book Award Winner for Older Readers
The Inquisitor’s Tale: Or, The Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog
by Adam Gidwitz with illustrations by Hatem Aly
(Dutton Children’s Books/Penguin Random House)

The Sydney Taylor Book Award Winner for Teen Readers
Anna and the Swallow Man by Gavriel Savit
(Alfred A. Knopf/Penguin Random House)

Sydney Taylor Honor Books for Younger Readers
Fascinating: The Life of Leonard Nimoy
by Richard Michelson with illustrations by Edel Rodriguez
(Alfred A. Knopf/Penguin Random House)
A Hat For Mrs. Goldman: A Story About Knitting and Love
by Michelle Edwards with illustrations by G. Brian Karas
(Schwartz and Wade Books/ Penguin Random House)

Sydney Taylor Honor Books for Older Readers
Dreidels on the Brain by Joel Ben Izzy
(Dial Books for Young Readers/Penguin Random House)
A Poem for Peter: The Story of Ezra Jack Keats and the Creation of the Snowy Day
by Andrea Davis Pinkney with illustrations by Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher
(Viking Children’s Books/Penguin Random House)

Notable Books for Younger Readers
Chicken Soup, Chicken Soup by Pamela Mayer with illustrations by Deborah Melmon
(Kar-Ben Publishing)
Gabriel’s Horn by Eric Kimmel with illustrations by Maria Surducan
(Kar-Ben Publishing)
Not This Turkey by Jessica Steinberg with illustrations by Amanda Pike
(Albert Whitman & Company)
On One Foot by Linda Glaser with illustrations by Nuria Balaguer
(Kar-Ben Publishing)
The Sundown Kid: A Southwestern Shabbat by Barbara Bietz with illustrations by John Kanzler
(August House)
The Tree in the Courtyard: Looking Through Anne Frank’s Window
by Jeff Gottesfeld with illustrations by Peter McCarty
(Alfred A. Knopf/Penguin Random House)

Notable Books for Older Readers
The Bicycle Spy by Yona Zeldis McDonough
(Scholastic Books)
Irena’s Children: Young Readers Edition: A True Story of Courage
by Tilar J. Mazzeo and adapted by Mary Cronk Farrell
(Margaret McElderry Books/Simon and Schuster)
The Ship to Nowhere by Rona Arato
(Second Story Press)
Skating with the Statue of Liberty by Susan Lynn Meyer
(Delacorte Press/Penguin Random House)

No Honor or Notable Books were designated for Teen Readers in 2017.

Groner-Wikler Applications Being Accepted Now

Applications are now being accepted for the Groner-Wikler scholarship for AJL conference attendance.  The application deadline is February 24, 2017. The Groner-­Wikler Scholarship of $1500 for conference attendance is generously underwritten by Kar-Ben Publishing and given annually to a member of AJL who demonstrates dedication to Jewish children’s literature or library services.

A member of AJL, this individual will have made a significant contribution in one or more of the areas listed below. Extra consideration is given to applicants who are considered promising new movers and shakers in the field of Jewish children’s literature and services. 

>     Active involvement in the Judaic library profession or related fields promoting Jewish children’s literacy

>     Strong advocacy for library/literacy services to children and youth

>     Positive role model to colleagues and the wider community

>     Innovative approaches to Jewish children’s literature or library services

Candidates may self-nominate, or be nominated by others. The nominator does not have to be a member of AJL, but the nominee must be a current AJL member. The winner will be selected by a committee made up of the AJL SSC President and Vice-President, the children’s book editor(s) of AJL Reviews, and the previous year’s winner of this award.

The recipient will be notified well before the registration deadline for the Association of Jewish Libraries annual conference. The presentation of the award will take place during the AJL conference.

Note: If a suitable candidate is not found, the scholarship will not be awarded in that year.

Nominator or applicant (may self-nominate) should fill out the attached form and email it with any supporting materials to AJL SSC President Kathy Bloomfield at kathybloomfield@gmail.com  by February 24, 2017. Please put “2017 Groner-Wikler Scholarship” in the subject line.

Another December Discount, and a Carnival

In addition to the December Discount for AJL members being offered by Ben Yehuda Press, we have another deal from Kline Books! Visit http://www.klinebooks.com  during the month of December 2016 and use the coupon code that was emailed to you. You will receive a 10% discount, and an additional 10% will be donated to AJL. 

Thank you to Eric Chaim Kline for offering this discount.

We are also pleased to announce that the December Jewish Book Carnival is being hosted by Fig Tree Books. Visit Fig Tree's blog for a round dozen links relating to Jewish literature, including reviews and interviews!