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People of the Book

By Meryl Ain
On People of the Book, award-winning author Meryl Ain chats with notable authors, and brings you the best in books with Jewish content. From novels to memoirs to short stories to scholarly tomes, we cover a wide range of reads. Our freewheeling conversations are thought provoking and intimate. They span historical themes, contemporary issues, the writing process, and the influences that inspire and empower writers to tell their stories and share them with the world.
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Meryl chats with Jacquie Herz, author of The Circumference of Silence

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Episode 17: Meryl chats with author Elan Barnehama about his new book, Escape Route
Meryl chats with Elan Barnehama about his new novel, Escape Route, which takes place in the late 1960s during the War in Vietnam. It is a coming-of-age story seen through the eyes of the teenage son of Holocaust survivors. Escape Route (published in May 2022) is Elan Barnehama’s second novel. It’s set in New York City during the tumultuous late 1960s and told by Zach, the first-generation son of Holocaust survivors. An avid NY Mets fan, Zach becomes obsessed with the Vietnam War and with finding an escape route for his family for when he believes the US will round up and incarcerate its Jews. Elan’s writing has appeared on numerous sites, including the Jewish Writing Project, Rough Cut Press, Boston Accent, Jewish Fiction, HuffPost, the New York Journal of Books, and Public Radio. He earned an MFA from UMass, Amherst and a BA from Binghamton. Elan has taught college writing, worked with at-risk youth, had a gig as a radio news guy, and also worked as a short-order cook. He's from New York and says he is a Mets fan by default. Website: elanbarnehama.com Twitter @elanbarnehama Facebook: elan-barnehama Copyright by Authors on the Air Global Radio Network #AuthorsOnTheAir #AuthorsOnTheAirGlobalRadioNetwork #AOTA #ElanBarnehama #TheWarInVietnam #TheVietnamWar #NewYorkMets #TheSixties #TheLateSixties #HolocaustSurvivors #ChildrenOfHolocaustSurvivors #VietnamVeterans #Disabilities #Polio #IntergenerationalTrauma #PeopleoftheBook #HistoryofJewsontheGoldCoast #Guggenheim #MerylAin #TheTakeawayMen #ShadowsWeCarry #LetsTalkJewishBooks #JewsLoveToRead
32:56
September 22, 2022
Episode 16: Meryl chats with Susan Weidman Schneider, co-editor of Frankly Feminist
Meryl chats with Susan Weidman Schneider, editor-in-chief of Lilith Magazine, about the anthology she co-edited, Frankly Feminist, which features 44 short stories that have been published in Lilith over the past 45 years. They also discuss the history and mission of Lilith Magazine and Susan’s role as editor-in-chief, since its launch in 1976. One of Lilith’s founding mothers, Susan has been editor-in-chief of the magazine since it launched in 1976. Lilith’s mission is to be the feminist change-agent in and for the Jewish community. Susan’s writing about Jewish women’s philanthropy, the Jewish stake in abortion rights, the persistence of gender stereotyping and more have been credited with moving the needle on feminist change in the Jewish world. She’s the author of Jewish and Female and Intermarriage, and co-author of Head and Heart, a book about money in the lives of women.  She is the co-editor, along with Yona Zeldis McDonough, of a brand new short story collection titled Frankly Feminist. The book includes stories by 44 authors, whose works have been published in Lilith over the last 45 years.  Born in Winnipeg, Canada, she is a graduate of Brandeis University.  Website: lilith.org  Facebook: www.facebook.com/LilithMagazine  Publisher: https://brandeisuniversitypress.com/title/9781684581269/  Instagram: @lilithmagazine  Twitter: @LilithMagazine  Copyright by Authors on the Air Global Radio Network  #AuthorsOnTheAir #AuthorsOnTheAirGlobalRadioNetwork #AOTA #SusanWeidmanSchneider #YonaZeldisMcDonough #FranklyFeminist #Lilith #LilithMagazine #HistoryOfLilithMagazine #FranklyFeminist #Feminism #DiverseJewishVoices #Feminist #WomensRights #WomensIssues #GenderIssues #Abortion #Ageing #Holocaust #SameSexRelationships #JewsByChoice #Patriarchy #ShortStories #BrandeisUniversityPress #ShortStoryAnthology #FertilityProblems #StoriesByJewishWomen #EstherSingerKreitman #KatieSinger #Agency #WomensVoices #PeopleoftheBook #AntiSemitism #MerylAin #TheTakeawayMen #Sequel #ShadowsWeCarry #LetsTalkJewishBooks #JewsLoveToRead
39:17
September 08, 2022
Meryl chats with Jacquie Herz, author of The Circumference of Silence
Meryl chats with Jacquie Herz about her 2021 novel, Circumference of Silence, which draws on her family’s memories as Jews in Europe under Hitler and their refugee experiences, first in London during the second world war and, later, in New York. Jacquie was born in London, shortly after the end of World War II, to a family of Jewish refugees who fled Hitler’s Europe. When she was eight, her parents divorced and her mother left London to go and live with her own parents, who had already immigrated to New York. So, coming to America to be with her mother was her childhood’s life-long dream. And because letter-writing was the only way to communicate with her mother at the time, writing became an integral and necessary part of her life from that very early age. Her debut novel, Circumference of Silence—published in July 2021 by Black Rose Writing—draws on her family’s memories as Jews in Europe under Hitler and their refugee experiences, first in London during the second world war and, later on, in New York. She has also been published in the Metropolitan Diary and the Connecticut Section of the New York Times. She is a member of the Women’s Fiction Writers Association and the Women’s National Book Association. Author’s website: https://www.jacquieherz.com/ Copyright by Authors on the Air Global Radio Network #AuthorsOnTheAir #AuthorsOnTheAirGlobalRadioNetwork #AOTA #JacquieHerz #CircumferenceOfSilence #Holocaust #PostHolocaust #ChildrenOfDivorce #LongDistanceParenting #Mother/DaughterRelationship #Letters #IntergenerationalTrauma #HistoricalFiction #Immigration #PeopleoftheBook #AntiSemitism #MerylAin #TheTakeawayMen #Sequel #ShadowsWeCarry
36:40
August 25, 2022
Meryl chats with Ruth Rotkowitz and Rose Ross
Meryl chats with Rose Ross and Ruth Rotkowitz about their post-Holocaust novels, which were influenced by their first-hand experiences as children of survivors. They talk about the influences on their lives and the responsibility they share to keep alive the story of the Holocaust and its impact. Ruth Rotkowitz is the author of two novels, Escaping the Whale and the prequel, The Whale Surfaces. She has published fiction, nonfiction, and poetry in literary journals, and was a staff writer and member of the editorial board of the Woman’s Newspaper of Princeton for several years, where her feature articles garnered awards in journalism. She holds a B.A. and M.A. in English and has taught English on both the college and high school levels. She currently conducts book programs for the Phoenix Holocaust Association. Rose Ross was the first child born in Neushadt, Germany in a Displaced Persons Camp (1946). “Growing up in the Bronx, the only child of Holocaust Survivors affected me deeply, filling up my mind and the very air I breathed.” says Ross. Their story and the stories of other survivors and the second generation children with whom she grew up were the motivation for LILA, her first novel, which she wrote at 73. Rose, a former actress, is also the author of TAR BEACH MEMORIES, a screenplay about growing up in the Bronx. Ross is currently working on a stage play exploring the relationship with her mother set in the safety of movie theaters over thirty years. Ruth Rotkowitz: https://www.ruthswhale.com. Rose Ross: https://roserossauthor.com/ @Copyright by Authors on the Air Global Radio Network #AuthorsOnTheAir #AuthorsOnTheAirGlobalRadioNetwork #AOTA #RuthRotkowitz #RoseRoss #Immigration #PeopleoftheBook #PostHolocaustNovels #2G #ChildrenOfHolocaustSurvivors #SecondGeneration #PTSD #IntergenerationalTrauma #DescendantsOfHolocaustSurvivors #EscaptingTheWhale #TheWhale Surfaces #Lila #MerylAin #TheTakeawayMen #LetsTalkJewishBooks #JewsLoveToRead
44:40
August 11, 2022
Meryl Interviews Roni Robbins, author of Hands of Gold
Meryl chats with Roni Robbins about her 2022 novel, Hands of Gold, which is loosely based on her paternal grandfather’s cassette tapes. Using literary license, she writes about how he survived TB, a workplace shooting and an accidental killing, and walked thousands of miles across several countries to flee anti-Semitism in pre-Nazi Europe. Roni has worked for 35 years as a published writer. Currently an editor/writer for Medscape/WebMD and previously associate editor of the Atlanta Jewish Times/The Times of Israel, she has also been a staff reporter for Florida Today/USA Today and The Birmingham News, among others.  Her articles have appeared in The Huffington Post, Forbes, the New York Daily News, Hadassah Magazine and The Forward, to name a few. Her first novel Hands of Gold was published in February 2022. It is a work of fiction loosely based on an inspiring true story. Using literary license, she pulls from the original cassette tapes left by her maternal grandfather, who survived TB, a workplace shooting and an accidental killing, and walked thousands of miles across several countries to flee anti-Semitism in pre-Nazi Europe. Roni grew up in Hauppauge, Long Island and moved to Asheville, North Carolina after she graduated from high school. She graduated from the University of South Carolina, where she majored in journalism. She and her husband, Ian, currently live in a suburb of Atlanta. They have two grown children. Author’s website:  https://ronirobbins.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/roni.robbins.3 Instagram: @handsofgoldnovel Twitter: https://twitter.com/ronirobbins @Copyright by Authors on the Air Global Radio Network #AuthorsOnTheAir #AuthorsOnTheAirGlobalRadioNetwork #AOTA #RoniRobbins #HandsOfGold #HistoricalFiction #Immigration #PeopleoftheBook #AntiSemitism #Yiddish #AmsterdamPublishers #LiesbethHenk #PreservingFamilyMemories #Resilience #MerylAin #TheTakeawayMen #Sequel #ShadowsWeCarry #LetsTalkJewishBooks #JewsLoveToRead
45:01
July 28, 2022
Meryl interviews Brad Kolodny, author of The Jews of Long Island 1705-1918
Meryl chats with Brad Kolodny about his new book, The Jews of Long Island 1705-1918, which chronicles the roots of the Jewish experience on Long Island, why Jews decided to move to Nassau and Suffolk counties, and how they established their communities there. He also discusses plans to establish a Jewish museum on the island under the auspices of the Jewish Historical Society of L.I. Brad Kolodny is the author of the award-winning book, Seeking Sanctuary: 125 Years of Synagogues on Long Island, which was published in 2019. It features more than 350 original photographs and archival images. Brad has photographed more than 600 synagogues in 13 countries over the last 30 plus years including every synagogue building from Great Neck to Montauk. His new book, The Jews of Long Island 1705-1918 published by SUNY Press, was released in March. Brad has worked for The New York Times since 1996, is president of the Jewish Historical Society of Long Island and an active member at Midway Jewish Center in Syosset, New York. Brad’s website: synagogueslongisland.wixsite.com/synagoguesofli Brad’s book information: sunypress.edu/Books/T/The-Jews-of-Long-Island Long Island Jewish History group on Facebook: www.facebook.com/groups/214277543566687 Jewish Historical Society of Long Island: www.jhsli.org/ @Copyright by Authors on the Air Global Radio Network #AuthorsOnTheAir #AuthorsOnTheAirGlobalRadioNetwork #AOTA #BradKolodny #TheJewsofLongIsland #JewishHistory #JewishHistoricalSocietyofLI #LIJewishHistoryMuseum #CedarhurstJewishHistory #GlenCoveJewishHistory #HistoryofSynagoguesonLongIsland #125YearsofSynagoguesOnLongIsland #PeopleoftheBook #HistoryofJewsontheGoldCoast #Guggenheim #MerylAin #TheTakeawayMen #LetsTalkJewishBooks #JewsLoveToRead
31:39
July 14, 2022
Meryl chats with Jacqueline Friedland, author of He Gets That From Me.
Meryl chats with Jacqueline Friedland about her new novel, He Gets That From Me (September 2021), which tells the story of a young woman who serves as a surrogate mother and subsequently discovers that she has unwittingly given away her own biological child. They also talk about Jacqueline’s two other award-winning novels, Trouble the Water and That’s Not a Thing, and how she tackles diverse genres. Jacqueline is the multi-award-winning author of That's Not a Thing and Trouble the Water. Her new bestselling novel, He Gets That From Me, was published in September 2021. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and NYU Law School, she practiced law and later taught legal writing and lawyering skills while she began working on her first book in her spare time. After she decided to embrace her passion and pursue writing full time, Jacqueline returned to school to earn her MFA from Sarah Lawrence College, graduating from the program in 2016. When not writing, Jacqueline is an avid reader of all things fiction. She loves to exercise, watch movies with her family, listen to music, make lists, and dream about exotic vacations. She lives in Westchester, New York with her husband, four children and two very bossy canines. Website:  www.jacquelinefriedland.com/ Facebook: www.facebook.com/JacquelineFriedlandAuthor Twitter: https://twitter.com/jbfriedland Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jackiefriedland/ @Copyright by Authors on the Air Global Radio Network #AuthorsOnTheAir #AuthorsOnTheAirGlobalRadioNetwork #AOTA #Jacqueline Friedland #HeGetsThatFromMe #That’sNotAThing #TroubleTheWater #PeopleoftheBook #Surrogacy #DNA  #Twins #SameSexMariage #JewishFiction  #GenreHopper #WomensFiction #LGBTFiction #MerylAin #JewsLoveToRead #TheTakeawayMen
33:34
June 30, 2022
Episode 10: Meryl chats with Marilyn Simon Rothstein
Meryl chats with Marilyn Simon Rothstein about how she combines her Jewish background and her robust sense of humor in her recently released novel, Crazy To Leave You (May 2022), as well as her other award-winning novels, Husbands and Other Sharp Objects, and Lift and Separate. Crazy To Leave You is the Number #1 New Release in Jewish Fiction on Amazon and tells the story of a 41-year-old woman who is jilted at the altar and how she moves on with her life. Marilyn is the author of Crazy To Leave You, just published in May 2022. In addition, she wrote Lift and Separate, winner of the STAR Award for Outstanding Debut presented by the Women’s Fiction Writers Association, and a second novel, Husbands and Other Sharp Objects. She grew up in New York City, earned a degree in journalism from New York University, and began her writing career at Seventeen magazine. She married a man she met in an elevator and owned an advertising agency for more than twenty-five years. Marilyn received an MA in liberal studies from Wesleyan University and an MA in Judaic studies from the University of Connecticut. Website: https://www.marilynsimonrothstein.com Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/liftandseparate @Copyright by Authors on the Air Global Radio Network #AuthorsOnTheAir #AuthorsOnTheAirGlobalRadioNetwork #AOTA #MarilynSimonRothstein  #CrazyToLeaveYou #LiftAndSeparate #HusbandsAndOtherSharpObjects  #PeopleoftheBook #GrowingUpInQueens #ChangingRoleofWomenInTheWorkplace #JewishFiction  #FatShaming #NumberOneinJewishFictionOnAmazon #WomensFiction #MerylAin #JewsLoveToRead #TheTakeawayMen
34:52
June 16, 2022
Episode 9: Meryl interviews Lois Schaffer, author of From Bullet to Bullhorn
Meryl chats with Lois Schaffer about her new book, From Bullet to Bullhorn and her 2013 book, The Unthinkable: Life, Loss and a Mother’s Mission to Ban Illegal Guns, which was written after her daughter Susan was murdered by a robber with a gun. They discuss how Lois channeled her grief into writing these books, as well as her thoughts about the current scourge of gun violence. Lois Schaffer is the author of two books, and a non-profit administrator, grants writer, human rights activist, and a life-long gun safety advocate. Her first book, The Unthinkable: Life, Loss and a Mother's Mission To Ban Illegal Guns, published in 2013, was written after her daughter Susan was murdered by a robber with a gun. Her new book, From Bullet to Bullhorn: Stories of Advocacy, Activism and Hope, was published in April. It is a compilation of essays, contributed by other gun violence survivors from around the country. She and her husband, David, live in Great Neck, NY. They have a son, six grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. Lois Schaffer’s Website: www.loisschaffer.com #AuthorsOnTheAir #AuthorsOnTheAirGlobalRadioNetwork #AOTA #LoisSchaffer #TheUnthinkable #FromBulletToBullhorn #GunViolence #Uvalde #Parkland #Newtown #SandyHook #GunSafety #PeopleoftheBook #MerylAin #TheTakeawayMen #LetsTalkJewishBooks #JewsLoveToRead! People of the Book is copyrighted by Meryl Ain and Authors on the Air Global Radio Network
28:42
June 02, 2022
Meryl Chats with Rabbi Dan Ornstein about his book, Cain v. Abel : A Jewish Courtroom Drama
Meryl chats with Rabbi Dan Ornstein about his book, Cain v. Abel : A Jewish Courtroom Drama, and the timeless issues it raises about the world’s first murder. These include: sibling rivalry, dysfunctional families, the human family, misogyny, forgiveness – and the perennial question, Am I My Brother’s Keeper? Rabbi Ornstein is the rabbi of Congregation Ohav Shalom and a writer living with his family in Albany, New York, where he also teaches Judaic Studies at the Hebrew Academy of The Capital District.  Rabbi Ornstein is the author of Cain v. Abel: A Jewish Courtroom Drama (Jewish Publication Society 2020).  He blogs at the Times Of Israel, he writes monthly for WAMC Northeast Public Radio, and he has contributed essays to The Jewish Forward, the Jerusalem Post, and the Lehrhaus.  Rabbi Ornstein has also published essays and poetry at the Journal of Conservative Judaism, the CCAR Journal of Reform Judaism, the Jewish Literary Review, and the Pine Hills Review. He and his wife, Marian Alexander, are the proud parents of Joseph, Shulamit and Vered. Social media and writing links: http://blogs.timesofisrael.com/author/dan-ornstein/ http://wamc.org/term/dan-ornstein#stream/0 https://forward.com/author/dan-ornstein/ https://www.facebook.com/daniel.ornstein.7/ @Copyright by Authors on the Air Global Radio Network #AuthorsOnTheAir #AuthorsOnTheAirGlobalRadioNetwork #AOTA #RabbiDanOrnstein #Bible #CainvAbel #SiblingRivalry #CainandAbel #FamilyDysfunction #DysfunctionalFamilies #AdamandEve #TheBible #BibleStories #AmIMyBrothersKeeper #Murder #Fratricide #Midrash #Misogyny #PeopleoftheBook #MerylAin #TheTakeawayMen #LetsTalkJewishBooks #JewsLoveToRead!
46:18
May 19, 2022
Meryl chats with Sharon Gloger Friedman
Meryl chats with Sharon Gloger Friedman about historical fiction, her recently released novel, In Freedom’s Light, and her 2019 award-winning book, Ashes.Her second novel is set against the background of eighteenth and nineteenth century Charleston and Philadelphia. Her award-winning first novel chronicles one family’s escape from the horrors of a Russian pogrom to the tenements of New York City, and the events that link them to the tragedy of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire. Sharon was born and raised in South Florida and now lives in Georgia with her husband. A former English teacher who left the classroom to raise her daughter and son, she found a new career as a freelance writer and copy editor. Her articles and essays have appeared in The Boston Globe, Woman’s World Magazine, Yahoo News and Examiner.com. Sharon’s debut novel, Ashes, chronicles one family’s escape from the horrors of a Russian pogrom to the tenements of New York City, and the events that link them to the tragedy of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire. Ashes is the 2019 winner of the Next Generation Indie Book Award for Historical Fiction, and the 2019 New Apple Summer E-Book Awards Solo Medalist winner for Historical Fiction. Her second novel, In Freedom’s Light, is set against the background of eighteenth and nineteenth century Charleston and Philadelphia. It explores historical events and their impact on the bonds of family and friends. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Sharonglogerfriedmanauthor Twitter: https://mobile.twitter.com/friedman_sharon LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sharon-gloger-friedman-a1046714/ Website: https://www.sharonglogerfriedman.com People of the Book is a copyrighted work © of Meryl Ain and Authors on The Air Global Radio Network. #AuthorsOnTheAir #AuthorsOnTheAirGlobalRadioNetwork #AOTA #SharonGlogerFriedman #HistoricalFiction #Ashes #InFreedom’sLight #PeopleoftheBook #TriangleShirtwaistFactoryFire #Slavery #Charleston #Converso #Inquisition #Freedom #FreedomofReligion #FreedSlaves #MerylAin #TheTakeawayMen #LetsTalkJewishBooks #JewsLoveToRead
32:60
May 05, 2022
People of the Book ep 6 -- Meryl interviews Esther Amini
Meryl chats with Esther Amini about her 2020 memoir, Concealed, which chronicles her childhood and coming of age in a Persian-Jewish household in Queens, New York during the 1960s. As the American-born daughter of parents who had fled Mashdad, Iran, she shares how she was caught between these two cultures as she sought to carve her own path. Esther Amini is a writer, painter, and psychoanalytic psychotherapist in private practice. Her debut memoir, Concealed, was named by Kirkus Reviews as one of the Best Books of 2020. In addition, both Katie Couric and Zibby Owens selected Concealed as one of their favorite books and showcased it last year at The Streicker Center in Manhattan. Esther’s short stories have appeared in Elle, Lilith, Tablet, The Jewish Week, Barnard Magazine, and numerous other publications. Her essays can also be found in Zibby Owens’ Anthology: “Moms Don’t Have Time To,” as well as in Zibby’s most recently published anthology: “Moms Don’t Have Time To Have Kids.” She was named one of Aspen Words’ best emerging memoirists and awarded its Emerging Writer Fellowship in 2016 based on her memoir. Her pieces have been performed by Jewish Women’s Theatre and was chosen by as their Artist-in-Residence in 2019. ChaiFlicks, (Jewish Netflix), is presently streaming an excerpt from “CONCEALED” called AM-REE-KAH. Esther lives in New York City with her husband. Author’s website: www.EstherAmini.com Facebook: Esther Amini Instagram: @estheraminiauthor @Copyright by Authors on the Air Global Radio Network #AuthorsOnTheAir #AuthorsOnTheAirGlobalRadioNetwork #AOTA #EstherAmini #Memoir #Concealed #Immigration #PeopleoftheBook #ZibbyOwens #PersianRefugees #MomsDon’tHaveTimeToRead #ComingofAge #ClashofCultures #MomsDon’tHaveTimeToHaveKids #KatieCouric #Iran #Persia #Persian #PersianAmerican #IranianRefugees #MerylAin #TheTakeawayMen #LetsTalkJewishBooks
30:41
April 21, 2022
Meryl interviews Dan Grunfeld, author of By the Grace of the Game
Meryl chats with Dan about his new book, By the Grace of the Game, which chronicles his family’s journey from the Holocaust to the NBA, the essential role of basketball in his family, and his own commitment to share the lessons of the Holocaust. Dan Grunfeld is a former professional basketball player, an accomplished writer, and a proud graduate of Stanford University. An Academic All-American and All-Conference basketball selection at Stanford, Dan played professionally for eight seasons in top leagues around the world, including in Germany, Spain, and Israel. Dan’s writing has been published numerous times in media outlets such as Sports Illustrated, The Jerusalem Post, and NBC News. Dan is the author of the bestselling book By the Grace of the Game, which chronicles his family’s journey from the Holocaust to the NBA. Dan earned his MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business in 2017 and lives with his wife and family in the Bay Area. Website: www.dangrunfeld.com Twitter @Dan_Grunfeld People of the Book is a copyrighted work © of Meryl Ain and Authors on The Air Global Radio Network. #AuthorsOnTheAir #AuthorsOnTheAirGlobalRadioNetwork #AOTA #DanGrunfeld #BytheGraceoftheGame #PeopleoftheBook #3G #2G #HolocaustSurvivors #ChildrenofHolocaustSurvivors #TheHolocaust #GrandchidrenofHolocaustSurvivors #NBA #Knicks #NYKnicks #ErnieGrunfeld  #Basketball #Romania #EscapingCommunism #SovietRefugees  #MerylAin #TheTakeawayMen #LetsTalkJewishBooks #JewsLoveToRead
31:06
April 07, 2022
Meryl talks with Rabbi Sandy Eisenberg Sasso
Meryl chats with Rabbi Sandy Sasso about her mission of engaging the religious imagination of children through her books, and her career as one of the first women to become a rabbi in America. Rabbi Sasso was the first woman ordained from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in 1974 and the first to serve a Conservative congregation together with her husband, Rabbi Dennis C. Sasso. They were the first practicing rabbinical couple in world Jewish history. Following 36 years of service to Congregation Beth-El Zedeck, Indianapolis, Indiana, she is now its Senior Rabbi Emerita. She is an internationally known award-winning children’s author who has published twenty-five children’s books and two adult books. Active in the arts, civic and interfaith communities, she has written on midrash, women, and spirituality. Rabbi Sasso’s website: www.allaboutand.com People of the Book is a copyrighted work © of Meryl Ain and Authors on The Air Global Radio Network.
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March 24, 2022
Ep. 3: Meryl interviews Thane Rosenbaum about his new non-fiction book -- Saving Free Speech…from Itself.
Meryl chats with Thane about Holocaust literature, Holocaust writers, his own post-Holocaust fiction, and his new non-fiction book, Saving Free Speech…from Itself. Thane Rosenbaum is a novelist, essayist, law professor and Distinguished University Professor at Touro College, where he directs the Forum on Life, Culture & Society. He has written numerous works of fiction and nonfiction and hundreds of essays in major national and global publications. He is the legal analyst for CBS News Radio and appears on cable TV news programs. His most recent book is entitled “Saving Free Speech . . . from Itself.” Thane’s website and social media links: Personal: Website | Twitter | Facebook | LinkedIn FOLCS: Website | Twitter | Facebook | LinkedIn | Instagram @Copyright by Authors on the Air Global Radio Network #AuthorsOnTheAir #AuthorsOnTheAirGlobalRadioNetwork #AOTA #ThaneRosenbaum #FOLCS #ElijahVisible #SecondHandSmoke #TheGolems of Gotham #FreeSpeech #PeopleoftheBook #PostHolocaustFiction #HolocaustLiterature #MerylAin #TheTakeawayMen #LetsTalkJewishBooks #JewsLoveToRead
41:60
March 10, 2022
Ep 2: Julie Zuckerman and The Book of Jeremiah
Meryl chats with Julie Zuckerman about her novel-in-stories, The Book of Jeremiah, and what it’s like to be an English-speaking writer in Israel, where she founded the monthly author series Literary Modiin. More about Julie Zuckerman Julie Zuckerman‘s debut novel-in-stories, The Book of Jeremiah, was published in May 2019 and has been selected by dozens of synagogue, sisterhood, Hadassah and private book clubs for discussion. Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in CRAFT, Jewish Women’s Archive, Tikkun, The Maine Review, Crab Orchard Review, and Sixfold, among other literary magazines. She is the founder of the Literary Modiin monthly author series, connecting readers and writers of Jewish books. She is a graduate of Barnard College and holds an MA from Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs. A native of Connecticut, she made aliyah in 1995, and lives in Israel with her husband and four children in Modiin. Subscribe to Julie's monthly author newsletter for book recommendations, writing news, recipes & more Julie's website Julie's Facebook Author Page Julie on Twitter People of the Book is a copyrighted work © of Meryl Ain and Authors on The Air Global Radio Network. #AuthorsOnTheAir #AuthorsOnTheAirGlobalRadioNetwork #AOTA #JulieZuckerman #ShortStories #TheBookofJeremiah #PeopleoftheBook #LiteraryModiin #IsraeliAuthors #EnglishSpeakingWritersinIsrael #MerylAin #TheTakeawayMen #TheWritingLife #LetsTalkJewishBooks #JewsLoveToRead
30:60
February 24, 2022
An interview with Michelle Cameron: Beyond the Ghetto Gates
Meryl chats with Michelle Cameron about her novel, Beyond The Ghetto Gates, which tells the little known story of how Napoleon liberated the Jewish Ghetto in Ancona, Italy. Michelle Cameron is the award-winning author of works of historical fiction and poetry: including Beyond the Ghetto Gates (2020), The Fruit of Her Hands: The Story of Shira of Ashkenaz (2009), and In the Shadow of the Globe (2003). Beyond the Ghetto Gates won a Silver medal for Historical Fiction, The Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPYs); was First Place, Best in Category for the Chanticleer Goethe Awards; and was a finalist in the 2020 Foreword Indies. Michelle lived in Israel for fifteen years (including three weeks in a bomb shelter during the Yom Kippur War) and served as an officer in the Israeli army teaching air force cadets technical English. She is a director of The Writers Circle, an NJ-based organization that offers creative writing programs to children, teens, and adults. She lives in New Jersey with her husband and has two grown children. More about Michelle here: Website: https://michelle-cameron.com Facebook Author page: https://www.facebook.com/michellecameronauthor/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/michellecameronwriter/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/mcameron_writer
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February 11, 2022