The Jewish Book Council recently announced the winners of the 2013 National Jewish Book Awards.
According to the Jewish Book Council, "Now in its 63rd year, the National Jewish Book Awards is the longest-running North American awards program in the field of Jewish literature. Established to recognize outstanding books of Jewish interest in various categories, it has earned its place as one of the nation's premiere literary honors."
Some of the winners and finalists include:
Jewish Book of the Year: Like Dreamers: The Story of the Israeli Paratroopers Who Reunited Jerusalem and Divided a Nation by Yossi Klein Halevi
American Jewish Studies: FDR and the Jews by Richard Breitman and Allan J. Lichtman
Anthologies and Collections: 1929: Mapping the Jewish World by Hasia R. Diner and Gennady Estraikh, eds.
Finalist: Letters to President Clinton: Biblical Lessons on Faith and Leadership by Rabbi Menachem Genack, ed.
Biography, Autobiography, and Memoir: An American Bride In Kabul: A Memoir by Phyllis Chesler
Finalist: The Short, Strange Life of Herschel Grynszpan: A Boy Avenger, a Nazi Diplomat, and a Murder in Paris by Jonathan Kirsch
Contemporary Jewish Life and Practice: Kaddish: Women's Voices by Michal Smart and Barbara Ashkenas
Finalist: Jews of Nigeria: An Afro-Judaic Odyssey by William F.S. Miles
Fiction: Between Friends by Amos Oz; Sondra Silverston, trans.
Finalists: Jacob's Folly by Rebecca Miller
The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker
In The Courtyard of the Kabbalist by Ruchama King Feuerman
Outstanding Debut Fiction: The Lion Seeker by Kenneth Bonert
Finalists: Forgiving Maximo Rothman by A.J. Sidransky
My Mother’s Secret: A Novel Based on a True Holocaust Story by J.L. Witterick
Other categories include History, Holocaust, Poetry, Children's and Young Adult Literature, Scholarship, Visual Arts, and Women's Studies. This is a complete list of categories with winners and finalists. Books not owned by the Denver Public Library may be available through Prospector or Interlibrary Loan.