JBuzz News February 28, 2013: Five authors named Sami Rohr Prize finalists




Five authors named Sami Rohr Prize finalists

Source: JTA, 2-28-13

Five authors from three countries were named the finalists for the 2013 Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature.

The Jewish Book Council on Wednesday announced the nominees for their works of Jewish fiction.

The nominees are Shani Boianjiu, for “The People Of Forever Are Not Afraid”; Ben Lerner for “Leaving Atocha Station”; Stuart Nadler for ” The Book of Life”; Asaf Schurr for “Motti,”  translated by Todd Hasak Lowy; and Francesca Segal for “The Innocents.”…READ MORE

Northwestern Professor Kenneth Seeskin wins National Jewish Book Award

Source: JUF, 5-11-11

Kenneth Seeskin, the Philip M. and Ethel Klutznick Professor of Jewish Civilization and chair of the Department of Religious Studies at Northwestern University, has been honored with a 2010 National Jewish Book Award from the Jewish Book Council. The Cambridge Guide to Jewish History, Religion, and Culture (Cambridge University Press), co-edited by Seeskin and Judith R. Baskin, of the University of Oregon, received first place in anthologies and collections.

The guide—chosen as the best written, most comprehensive, and most engaging book in its category—offers 21 essays by leading scholars examining an overview of Jewish life from its origins in the ancient Near East to its impact on contemporary pop culture today.

Seeskin, who joined the Northwestern University faculty in 1972, is best known for his interpretation and defense of the rationalist tradition in Jewish philosophy. He has also edited The Cambridge Companion to Maimonides, and authored the award-winning books Maimonides on the Origin of the World and Searching for a Distant God: The Legacy of Maimonides. He accepted the award at the 60th annual National Jewish Book Awards ceremony on March 9 at the Center for Jewish History in New York City.

In an interview with JUF News Seeskin spoke about his award-winning anthology, the rise of Jewish studies programs at academic institutions, and the one thing that unifies all Jews in history….READ MORE