Jewish Week theatre critic Ted Merwin was named winner of the 2015 Jewish Book Award in the category of Education and Jewish Identity for “Pastrami on Rye: An Overstuffed History of the Jewish Deli,” a well–researched and lively work of cultural history.
The winners were announced today by the Jewish Book Council in a long list of categories from Visual Arts to Fiction to Sephardic Studies.
Shulem Deen, who wrote a memoir of leaving the Chassidic world, “All Who Go Do Not Return” was selected in the category of Contemporary Jewish Life and Practice. Edward Hirsch was named the poetry winner for his book-length poem about the loss of his son, “Gabriel: A Poem,” and Daniel Torday won the fiction prize for “The Last Flight of Poxl West,” a debut novel that explores the nature of war, memory and storytelling.
Bruce Hoffman’s “Anonymous Soldier: The Struggle for Israel, 1917 — 1947” was named Everett Family Book of the Year.
Other winners include Rabbi Jonathan Sacks in Modern Jewish Thought, John Benditt in Debut Fiction and Laura Amy Schlitz in Young Adult Literature. The full list is available on the Jewish Book Council website.
This is the 65th year that the National Jewish Book Awards are to be given out. Presentation of the awards will take place at a March 9th ceremony at the Center for Jewish History.