Acclaimed author Rivka Keren contributed two stories to Pain and Memory, and if you missed the article about her and her beautiful and haunting story "Aisha" (the lead story in the book), here it is, from Ynet News (Israel - with link at end of this post):
Israeli author up for Pushcart Prize: Rivka Keren's short story nominated for prestigious US award for small presses. A short story by Israeli author Rivka Keren has been nominated for this year's Pushcart Prize in the United States. The prestigious prize has been awarded annually since 1976 and winning pieces are gathered into a yearly anthology. The nominated story, Aisha, has been published as part of Pain and Memory, a short story collection by Editions Bibliotekos."It feels great to be nominated, especially as it was translated by my daughter," Keren told Ynetnews Saturday. "I don't know what the odds of winning are, especially as the story is translated, but I have great faith in it." Keren, who writes in Hebrew, said she is saddened that "Aisha" was first published in English, after no Israeli publishers or journals were interested in running it." I have been trying unsuccessfully to publish the story in Hebrew for long months," she said. "It is strange for it to appear first in English." The Hungarian-born Keren immigrated to Israel in 1957 and has published 14 books so far. Her most acclaimed work, Taste of Honey, was a bestseller in Israel. Originally a children's book author, one of her earlier books became part of the local elementary school curriculum. Keren's work has been translated into several languages, including English, German, and Spanish. A second generation to Holocaust survivors, she has explored the Shoah in her writing, as well as themes such destiny and memory.
Thursday, January 28, 2010
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Read the press release (Regarding Pain and Memory) from St. Francis College, here. And Dr. Michele Hirsch (psychologist) writes: "From a psychological perspective, we understand that pain and memory are unique, subjective experiences across individuals. However, by successfully enveloping their readers in their compelling narratives, the writers' pain and memory actually become palpable, so much so, their words and prose mobilize our deepest emotions. This memorable collection of stories and poems will move you and haunt you, and more than all else, they will remain a testimony to the power of words and art, which help us communicate the powerful, internal experiences that others cannot see." Pain and Memory, the book.
Saturday, January 9, 2010
We have received a number of submissions for the immigration volume, COMMON BOUNDARY, and have begun our review process. Most likely we will be making some early decisions. At any rate, we will accept submissions up to the end of March, so spread the word. REPEAT: We Would Like More Submissions to the immigration volume, COMMON BOUNDARY. Guidelines are on this page, to the right. We look forward to working with our writers, and clearly - from initial dips in - we have some very good material in this pool. Additionally, we are pleased to announce that Jason Dubow, MFA, will be writing the Foreword to COMMON BOUNDARY.
Finally, if you have not yet bought your copy of Pain and Memory, our first anthology, please do so now through amazon.com. We expect that after 15 January, Pain and Memory (and all titles thereafter) will be available on more online bookstores and through the Ingram Book Co., which means that you can request a copy of one of our books from your local bookstore.