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A number of prominent Jewish authors will be visiting Chicago in the coming months to talk about new and notable books.

Earlier this week I finished reading one of the books recently selected a National Jewish Book Award winner.

Five books about resistance, as well as biographies of several extraordinary individuals who resisted antisemitism from behind enemy lines.

Unlike many of my coworkers at Spertus, I was born in the 1990s, making Soviet Russia feel about as real to me as the Civil War.

Books that look back at Jewish life in the Soviet Union and the worldwide movement to free Soviet Jews.

New York Times OpEd by Nicholas Kristof ran this past Sunday titled 'Refugees who could be us,' a title I borrowed for this post.

For the fifth year in a row, Chicago’s Jewish community will mark Jewish Book Month with One Book | One Community, in which a single book is selected as the focus of discussions and activities throughout the city and suburbs

I’m dedicating this post to a few favorite Jewish LGBT books. These suggestions come from my own reading, conversations with friends, and recommendations from Tablet Magazine and the Jewish Book Council.

"Comics were once for superhero action stories," said cartoonist Alison Bechdel in an interview with HuffPostLive. "That was pretty much all they did, and then people started pushing the boundaries." 

Last November, Chicago Tribune reporter Christopher Borrelli wrote about seeing English novelist Martin Amis reflect on his book Zone of Interest as part of the Chicago Humanities Festival. Borrelli quipped about assumptions made by those who would never dream of attending an author talk, stating "it needs saying. This is entertainment."

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