Michael Chabon, Daniel Gordis win National Jewish Book Awards

(JTA) – Michael Chabon and Daniel Gordis were among the winners of the 2016 National (U.S.) Jewish Book Awards.

Gordis’ book “Israel: A Concise History of a Nation Reborn” won the Jewish Book of the Year award, the Jewish Book Council announced Wednesday.

Chabon was honoured with a Modern Jewish Literary Achievement Award. His latest novel is “Moonglow,” which chronicles semi-autobiographical conversations with his family.

Here are the other winners:

American Jewish Studies: “Kosher USA: How Coke Became Kosher and Other Tales of Modern Food,” by Roger Horowitz

Anthologies and Collections: “Makers of Jewish Modernity: Thinkers, Artists, Leaders, and the World They Made,” edited by Jacques Picard, Jacques Revel, Michael P. Steinberg and Idith Zertal

Biography, Autobiography and Memoir: “But You Did Not Come Back,” by Marceline Loridan-Ivens

Book Club Award: “And After the Fire,” by Lauren Belfer

Children’s Literature: “I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark,” by Debbie Levy, illustrated by Elizabeth Baddeley

Contemporary Jewish Life and Practice: “Changing the World from the Inside Out: A Jewish Approach to Personal and Social Change,” by Rabbi David Jaffe

Debut Fiction: “Anna and the Swallow Man,” by Gabriel Savit

Education and Jewish Identity: “Next Generation Judaism: How College Students and Hillel Can Help Reinvent Jewish Organizations,” by Mike Uram

Fiction: “The Gustav Sonata,” by Rose Tremain

History: “The Angel: The Egyptian Spy Who Saved Israel,” by Uri Bar-Joseph

Holocaust: “Holocaust, Genocide, and the Law: A Quest for Justice in a Post-Holocaust World,” by Michael Bazyler

Modern Jewish Thought and Experience: “Never Better!: The Modern Jewish Picaresque,” by Miriam Udel

Poetry: “Almost Complete Poems,” by Stanley Moss

Scholarship: “Anti-Jewish Riots in the Crown of Aragon and the Royal Response 1391-1392,” by Benjamin R. Gampel

Sephardic Culture: “Extraterritorial Dreams: European Citizenship, Sephardi Jews, and the Ottoman Twentieth Century,” by Sarah Abrevaya Stein

Writing Based on Archival Material: “Jewish Salonica: Between the Ottoman Empire and Modern Greece,” by Devin E. Naar

Women’s Studies: “The Sacred Calling: Four Decades of Women in the Rabbinate,” edited by Rabbi Rebecca Einstein Schorr and Rabbi Alysa Mendelson Graf

Young Adult: “On Blackberry Hill,” by Rachel Mann


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