2016 Sydney Taylor Book Awards Winners

Sydney Taylor Book Awards

From the The Association of Jewish Libraries The Sydney Taylor Book Award Winner for Younger Readers: Ketzel, the Cat who Composed by Lesléa Newman with illustrations by Amy June Bates (Candlewick Press) The Sydney Taylor Book Award Winner for Older Readers: Adam & Thomas by Aharon Appelfeld, translated by Jeffrey M. Green with illustrations by Philippe Dumas (Seven Stories Press) The Sydney Taylor Book Award Winner for Teen Readers: The…

Jeffrey M. Green considers the challenges—and successes—of Hebrew literature

Recently I had the privilege of translating a novella by S. Y. Agnon, the only Israeli author who has won the Nobel Prize in Literature, for a volume being prepared by Professor Alan Mintz of the Jewish Theological Seminary. The volume will be composed of stories about Agnon’s home city of Buczacz, Poland, which is about as far from contemporary Israel as it is from contemporary America. The novella, Those…

Suddenly, Love by Aharon Appelfeld

Ernst is a gruff seventy-year-old Red Army veteran from Ukraine who landed, almost by accident, in Israel after World War II. A retired investment adviser, he lives alone (his first wife and baby daughter were killed by the Nazis; he divorced his shrewish second wife) and spends his time laboring over his unpublished novels. Irena, in her mid-thirties, is the unmarried daughter of Holocaust survivors who has been taking care…