Maggie Anton (Rashi's Daughters, Book I: Joheved,
Rashi's Daughters, Book II: Miriam
and Rashi's Daughter: Secret Scholar) lives in Los Angeles, California. Winner of Foreword magazine's Best Historical Fiction Award and a Benjamin Franklin Award for Best New Voice in Fiction, Anton gives talks about Rashi, his times, and his importance to Judaism. She also talks about women in the Talmud, what women's lives were like in eleventh-century France, and her personal story of how she came to write about Rashi's daughters. Two of her talk titles are "Rashi's Daughters: Three Women and a Talmud" and "Women in Rashi's Time: It wasn't the Dark Ages." Anton is willing to travel anywhere in the U.S. and Canada, but prefers to schedule several events in one trip if the location is far from Los Angeles. To arrange a program, contact her at email@example.com or through her website www.rashisdaughters.com.
Hava Ben-Zvi (Eva's Journey: A Young Girl's True Story and The Bride Who Argued with God: Tales from the Treasury of Jewish Folklore) lives in San Marino, California. A former director of the Jewish Community Library of Los Angeles and recipient of the Ezra Award, she gives programs about her books to both adults and children. For Eva's Journey, she describes her life as a Jewish adolescent and teenager in German-occupied Poland during World War II, and for The Bride Who Argued with God, she retells Jewish folktales and discusses their unique attributes and meaning. Ben-Zvi is willing to travel anywhere in California and possibly to other states within the U.S. To arrange a program, email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit her website http://e.benzvi.home.att.net.
Haggai Carmon (The Red Syndrome: A Dan Gordon Intelligence Thriller and Triple Identity: A Dan Gordon Intelligence Thriller) lives in Long Island, New York, where he is an international attorney representing the U.S. Department of Justice in its Israeli litigation. On assignment by several federal agencies, Carmon has gathered legal intelligence around the world in complex, multimillion dollar cases, most involving money laundering. In his talks, he describes his real-life adventures that have inspired his intelligence thrillers. Carmon is willing to travel anywhere within the Tri-state area of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut; he is willing to travel elsewhere as long as his travel expenses are paid. To arrange a program, contact him at email@example.com, phone 212-751-0406, or visit his websites www.tripleidentity.com and www.carmonlaw.com.
Esther Cohen (Book Doctor,
Don't Mind Me and Other Jewish Lies,
God is a Tree: Middle-Aged Prayers,
and No Charge for Looking) lives in New York City where she is Executive Director of Bread and Roses, the national non-profit cultural program of New York's union for health care workers. Winner of a Pure Visionary Award for a photographic project she initiated to give cameras and photography lessons to working men and women across the country, Cohen is a storyteller and humorist who gives talks on "Good Jewish Stories," "Jews and Books," and "Middle-Aged Prayers." She is willing to travel anywhere within commuting distance of New York City, and elsewhere if her expenses are covered. To arrange a program, email Cohen at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit her website www.esthercohen.com.
Janice Eidus (The War of the Rosens), a novelist, short story writer, essayist, and writing coach, lives in Brooklyn, New York and San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. She has twice won the O.Henry Prize for her short stories, as well as a Pushcart Prize. Eidus gives talks throughout the U.S., Europe, and Central America on "Reading and Writing Jewish: Literary Heritage from a Writer's Perspective," "The Multiracial Jewish Family: Transformation and Creativity," and "Growing Up As a Secular Jew and Writing About It." In her talks, she includes readings from her fiction and nonfiction about Jewish identity. Her forthcoming novel is The Last Jewish Virgin. Her work appears in such anthologies as The Oxford Book of Jewish Stories; Neurotica: Jewish Writers on Sex; Scribblers on the Roof: Contemporary Jewish Fiction; and Promised Lands: New American Fiction on Longing and Belonging, and in such leading journals as The New York Times, The Forward, Jewish Currents, and Tikkun. To arrange a program, email Eidus at CasaJanice@me.com or visit her website www.janiceeidus.com.
David Evanier (The Great Kisser,
and The One-Star Jew) lives in Brooklyn, New York, where he teaches and writes full time. Winner of the Aga Khan Fiction Prize, Evanier gives talks on "Jewish Fiction in a Post-Holocaust World," "Turning Life Experience into Fiction," "Why I Write," and "Mentors and Friends: A Writer's Journey." He is willing to travel anywhere. To arrange a program, email Evanier at email@example.com or visit his website www.davidevanier.com.
Rebecca Kohn (The Gilded Chamber
Seven Days to the Sea) lives in Hanover, New Hampshire, where she writes full time. Kohn gives talks on "How the Stories of Biblical Heroines Can Inspire Us Today," "The Importance of Jewish History to Contemporary Jews," and "How to Make Torah More Meaningful in Our Lives," along with a seminar on character development for novice fiction writers. She is willing to travel anywhere as long as her expenses are paid. Email Kohn at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit her website rebeccakohn.com.
Marilyn Levy (Checkpoints) lives in Santa Monica, California, where she is a screenwriter and counselor with a private practice. Levy gives two talks based on her book: "Reflections on Multiculturism and the Tower of Psychobabble" deals with "the other" in literature, why it is important to depict characters from the non-dominant culture, and how her background as a Jew growing up in a small town with few Jews impacted her writing and understanding of "the other." In "Looking at the Israeli/Palestinian Situation Through Different Lenses," Levy uses her book Checkpoints and other Jewish and Muslim sources to open a discussion from different perspectives about the choices Israelis and Palestinians have been forced to make. Levy is willing to travel anywhere if an honorarium and travel expenses are included. To arrange a program, contact her through Anita Bihovsky, publicity manager of the Jewish Publication Society, phone 215-832-0600, email ABihovsky@jewishpub.org.
Lesléa Newman (Runaway Dreidl!,
Matzo Ball Moon,
The Eight Nights of Chanukkah,
and A Letter to Harvey Milk: Short Stories) lives in Northampton, Massachusetts. Winner of a Gemini Award, she gives a talk for adults entitled "How Can You Be a Lesbian—You're Jewish!" Newman reads from her poetry and from her short story collection A Letter to Harvey Milk while exploring themes of Jewish and lesbian identity: where the two intersect and where the two collide. She is willing to travel anywhere. To arrange a program, email Newman at email@example.com or visit her website www.lesleanewman.com.
Cynthia Polansky (Far Above Rubies) lives in Annapolis, Maryland, where she is a full-time freelance writer and part-time writing tutor at the U.S. Naval Academy. Polansky tailors presentations and readings to libraries, schools, festivals, bookstores, and civic groups. Her topics include: "The Holocaust in Fiction, Not as Fiction: The Far Above Rubies Journey," "Remote Control: The Jewish Perspective on Life After Death," "Give Those Thumbs a Rest: Getting Kids Away From Texting and into Text," and "Crossing Polansky: The Challenges Facing the Cross-Genre Author." She is willing to travel anywhere within 100 miles from her Annapolis home, and elsewhere if her expenses are covered. To arrange a program, email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit her website www.cynthiapolansky.com.
Steve Sheinkin (The Adventures of Rabbi Harvey,
Rabbi Harvey Rides Again) is a writer/illustrator in Brooklyn, New York. Sheinkin gives talks around the country about the stories behind his comics, specifically about the traditional Jewish sources behind Harvey's adventures and the process of adapting them into comics set in the Wild West. He also gives an interactive workshop for kids ages 10-12 called "Making Your Own Graphic Novels," in which he shows sample stories, visual sources, and steps in the process of making comics. Sheinkin is willing to travel anywhere in the U.S. Email him at email@example.com or visit his website www.rabbiharvey.com .
Myra Sklarew (Lithuania: New & Selected Poems,
From the Backyard of the Diaspora,
Like a Field Riddled by Ants (Lost Roads),
Over the Rooftops of Time: Jewish Stories, Essays, Poems) lives in Bethesda, Maryland, where she is Professor Emerita of literature at the American University. Winner of a National Jewish Book Award and Anna Davidson Rosenberg Award, Sklarew gives readings of her poetry and talks on Israeli and Yiddish poetry, and the impact of trauma on memory with regard to Holocaust survivors. She is willing to travel anywhere. Email Sklarew at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Leora Skolkin-Smith (Edges: O Israel, O Jerusalem) is a full-time writer in New York City. Nominated by Grace Paley for a PEN Ernest Hemingway Award, Skolkin-Smith gives talks on "Gender Issues and Mother/Daughter Relationships in Jewish Fiction," "Writing About War in Fiction," "Israel and Palestine in Fiction," and "From Novel to Feature Film" (the last about her novel's acquisition by Triboro Pictures). Skolkin-Smith is willing to travel anywhere. To arrange a program, email her at email@example.com or visit her website www.leoraskolkinsmith.com.
David Michael Slater (Selfless), lives in Portland, Oregon. He teaches Language Arts at Mt. View Middle School in nearby Beaverton, and gives talks to students and library groups about his journey as a writer. Slater is willing to travel anywhere. To arrange a program, email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit his website www.davidmichaelslater.com.
Eliezer Sobel (Minyan: Ten Jewish Men in a World That is Heartbroken,
The 99th Monkey: A Spiritual Journalist's Misadventures with Gurus, Messiahs, Sex, Psychedelics and Other Consciousness-Raising Experiments,
Mordecai's Book) lives in Richmond, Virginia. Winner of he Peter Taylor Prize for the Novel and the New Millennium Award for Fiction, Sobel offers programs that include a sing-along to Jewish melodies, interspersed with stories and personal tales. He includes Holocaust-oriented material when talking about Minyan. Sobel is willing to travel anywhere if airfare is provided. Email him at email@example.com or phone him at 804-303-8872.
Ronna Wineberg (Second Language) lives in New York City, where she is Senior Fiction Editor of the Bellevue Literary Review. Winner of the New Rivers Press Many Voices Project Literary Competition and a Fellowship in Fiction from the New York Foundation for the Arts, Wineberg gives readings from her book and a talk in which she discusses how being Jewish affects the lives and choices of her characters. In a second talk entitled "Second Language: Forging a Partnership Between Literature and Medicine," she refers to stories in the book about aging and illness, and discusses the importance of literature to medicine and the need for empathy between doctor and patients. Wineberg is willing to travel anywhere. To arrange a program, contact her by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit her website www.RonnaWineberg.com.
Michele Zackheim (Einstein's Daughter: The Search for Lieserl and Violette's Embrace) lives in New York City where she teaches a master's class at the School of Visual Arts on writing from a visual perspective. When Zackheim gives talks about the Jewish aspect of her books, she describes growing up in a little town in California with no Jews and making Einstein her idol and reason for withstanding the ugliness she experienced as a Jew. She also describes how the memoir part of Violette's Embrace reflects what she knew about life as a Jew in a small town. Zackheim will travel anywhere as long as her expenses are covered. Email her at email@example.com or visit her website www.MicheleZackheim.com.
Victoria Zackheim (The Bone Weaver) lives in San Francisco, California, where she edits anthologies and teaches writing in the UCLA Writers Program. Zackheim gives workshops and talks on "The Women Who Came Before Us: Jewish Women in Literature," "Turning Our Family History into Fiction," and "The Importance of Memoir Writing: Preserving Our Family's Heritage." She is willing to travel throughout the United States, United Kingdom, and France. To arrange a program, email Zackheim at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit her website www.victoriazackheim.com.
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