Awards: National Jewish Book Winners; Dylan Thomas Longlist

The winners of the Jewish Book Council's 72nd National Jewish Book Awards have been announced. The Everett Family Foundation Jewish Book of the Year Award was given to Koshersoul by Michael W. Twitty (Amistad Books). Signal Fires by Dani Shapiro (Knopf) won the JJ Greenberg Memorial Award in Fiction. Cooking alla Giudia by Benedetta Jasmine Guetta (Artisan Books) won the Jane and Stuart Weitzman Family Award for Food Writing & Cookbooks.

The Berru Award for Poetry in Memory of Ruth and Bernie Weinflash went to Today in a Taxi by Sean Singer (Tupelo Press). Let There Be Light: The Real Story of Her Creation by Liana Finck (Penguin Press) won the Visual Arts award. The American Jewish Studies award went to American Shtetl: The Making of Kiryas Joel, a Hasidic Village in Upstate New York by Nomi M. Stolzenberg and David N. Myers (Princeton University Press).

Other winners and finalists in several categories can be seen here. The winners will be honored on March 1 in New York City.


The longlist has been released for the £20,000 (about $24,740) Swansea University Dylan Thomas Prize, honoring "the best published literary work in the English language, written by an author aged 39 or under, the prize celebrates the international world of fiction in all its forms including poetry, novels, short stories and drama." A shortlist will be unveiled March 23 and the winner named May 11, prior to International Dylan Thomas Day on May 14. See the full longlist here.

"With authors hailing from the U.K., Ireland, Nigeria, Kenya, Somalia, Lebanon and Australia, this year's longlist of 12 features an even split of debut and established names, with African diaspora and female voices dominating the longlist," the organizers said. "Through themes of coming of age, adversity and love, this year's longlist comprises eight novels, two poetry collections and two short story collections."

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