Good news abounds: Cool Jew has consistenly been in the Amazon' Top Ten for Humor Religion books for many weeks now. Cool Jew is a "Top Seller" at Virgin Mega Stores. Cool Jew made an appearance on New York public television's Channel 13 WNET on Sunday. And Cool Jew is featured in this video interview with Jian Ghomeshi on QTV. Yeehaw!
I'm in NYC today for the Authors Series at Shearith-Israel, the historic Spanish-Portugese Shul in Manhattan at 70th and Central Park West at 7 pm. Co-sponsored by Birthright Israel NEXT And JICNY. And...
The University of Dayton's Erma Bombeck Writer's Workshop just named me Humor Writer of the Month. I'm honored. Thanks so much UD EBWW and mazal tov all around!
This comes as very welcome news as I'm just off several weeks of intense touring to Canada, Florida, Texas, upstate New York and much more. Last week aka the Wild Week of Touring featured a different event every day... Sunday was Hillel at U of M Ann Arbor as part of the annual Jewish Book Fair. 'Twas cozy, collegiate, and frankly, quite snowny.
Monday was the 3rd Annual Jewish Book Festival at the Alpert JCC in Long Beach, Calif. with a super friendly crowd and signature Manitinis. (See p. 40. Sounds gross. Tastes yum!)
Tuesday was a joint event with Gesher City and St. Louis Hillel at the annual St. Louis Jewish Book Fair. Simcha Weinstein and I laughed it up on stage at Wash U. We're going for more soon at a Tenement Talk on the Lower East Side...
Wednesday was the exuberant Young Artists Panel Exploring Our Heritage at the American Sefardi Federation in Manhattan. Sarah Aroeste, Erez "Diwon" Safar and I got Sefardi wid it, moderated by Michelle Ishay-Cohen. Da crowd of Sefardim of all ages loved it. So did we!
AND Thursday... ahhhhh Thursday, was the blow-out New York Launch Party with an amazing artists showcase at "Extreme Book Signing" the JCC of Manhattan. A night for the Annals of Heebster History... this rockin' list of Heebros and Holy Sistahs rocked da house: recording artists Michelle Citrin, Rav Shmuel, Sarah Aroeste, Naomi Less, Chana Rothman and Dov Rosenblatt and Avi Hoffman of Blue Fringe as well as actors Naomi Less and Franny Silverman of Storahtelling, performance poet/novelist Matthue Roth, and a last minute surprise: stand-up comedian Yisroel Campbell. Amidst an exhibit of historic Heebster signage assembled by Rabbi Michael Strassfeld of the original Jewish Catalog, it was a terrific night, filled to the rafters with about 200 guests, PopJudaica.com, Zeek and more!
Props to the holy sistahs who blogged 'bout the big New York partee: Naomi Less of Jewish Chicks Rock And Monica, Founder/Editor of Find The Jew Spot Yo, thanks for the awesome shout outs! (Shouts out?)
To cap it all off... Friday night Shabbat dinner at Hillel at the U of Minnesota in Minneapolis at the annual Milgrom Shabbat program in memory of the superlative Rabbi Louis Milgrom. I woke up Shabbos morning to layers of new snow, just as the week began... And what a week it was! Thanks so so much to the fabulous Heebster hosts, friends, guests and students who made all these events such a great success.
Rock on, Heebsters!
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