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julia-stein's picture
Mar.18.2009
Peter Manseau like the narrator of his 2008 novel Songs of the Butcher's Daughter is an unbelieving Catholic who worked in a Jewish Cultural Organization which saved Yiddish books, getting most of them from elderly immigrant Jews. Manseau like his narrator learned Yiddish. Then Manseau wrote a...
farah-damji's picture
Mar.17.2009
I am meant to be writing a two page film proposal to outline what I see are the main themes for my film. But mind is elsewhere, news just in that American Express, which prides itself on avoiding deadbeat cardholders is losing money because ahem, their "exclusive" members can't pay and...
tania-hershman's picture
Feb.23.2009
I didn't sleep so well on Saturday night, and it wasn't because I was nervous about the reading yesterday. It was more that I have so much to say about short stories, I was worried about not being able to say it all! The event was the launch of the Sea of Azov (see earlier post for details), the...
lisa-saffron's picture
Jan.28.2009
On the 22nd January, 30 people came to a meeting in Bristol (UK) to hold the people of Israel and Palestine in their hearts during this time of terrible conflict. Called by 3 friends (2 Jews and a Quaker), the purpose was to infuse public opinion with compassion. Why? Because we cannot even think...
matthue-roth's picture
Dec.04.2008
No, my grammar isn't slipping up -- the indelible Melissa Walker is giving away an autographed copy of your favorite Russian Jewish immigrant geek novel as her weekly contest. She's the author of Violet in Private -- and you know us young-adult authors who write novels about unconventional girls...
matthue-roth's picture
Dec.02.2008
It's been a long Thanksgiving weekend. I know, today's Monday and we're back in work mode, but it feels like the weekend isn't over yet. It was a hard holiday; harder for other people than for us, but thinking that doesn't make it any easier. At our Thanksgiving table was my cousin's boyfriend, who...
raul-ramos-y-sanchez's picture
Nov.30.2008
As we clear away the Thanksgiving dishes, the holiday season in the U.S. begins in earnest. Over the next few weeks, the nation will indulge in what is essentially the biggest shopping spree of the year. Oh, yeah. We do manage to squeeze in some religious holidays as well. Christians celebrate the...
corinne-heather-copnick's picture
Oct.16.2008
Hope always finds a way to keep the human spirit alive. In this case, it's being revived through a traditional method that's survived thousands of years -- purification through prayerful immersion in water. The mikveh (a communal ritual bath) has been used for centuries by Orthodox Jewish women to...
elizabeth-stark's picture
Oct.04.2008
In my post, “I Could Write a Great Novel If Only I Had a Story to Tell,” I neglected my own favorite kind of plot trigger: secrets. It’s funny, but writers do seem to revisit a certain theme. Michelle Richmond (at least in her last two gripping books) seems to write about the consequences of losing...
corinne-heather-copnick's picture
Sep.28.2008
Let me take this opportunity to wish all my Red Room fellow writers, Jewish or not, a very happy New Year!  Getting close to 6,000 years (5769 actually, according to the Jewish calendar) is a long time in terms of our own life spans. I wish every one of you a year of increased creative productivity...