In Future Tense, now on sale from Schocken Books, Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, one of the most admired religious thinkers of our time, issues a call for world Jewry to reject the self-fulfilling image of “a people alone in the world, surrounded by enemies” and to reclaim Judaism’s original sense of purpose: as a partner with God and with those of other faiths in the never-ending struggle for freedom and social justice for all. This book is “sorely needed,” says The Guardian.Read more ›
Now in paperback from Schocken Books, Elie Wiesel’s newest novel A Mad Desire to Dance “reminds us, with force, that his writing is alive and strong. The master has once again found a startling freshness” (Le Monde des Livres).Read more ›
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Hillel Halkin’s Yehuda Halevi is a “thoroughly researched, carefully rendered biography that evokes the vanished world of golden age Spanish Jewry” (The Forward). Edward Hirsch says, “Halkin has . . . provided a potent reading of Halevi’s poems, a powerful contextual study of his times, and a provocative interpretation of his legacy.”Read more ›
In a fantastic piece in this Sunday’s (3/21) New York Times Book Review, David Leavitt says the following about Aharon Appelfeld’s Blooms of Darkness, now on sale from Schocken Books:
“Like Anne Frank’s diary—a work to which it will draw justified comparison—Blooms of Darkness, beautifully translated by Jeffrey M. Green, records a brutal process of education. . . . It is in his rendering of the border territory that Hugo and Mariana inhabit that Appelfeld reveals his compassion, his wisdom, and his restraint. . . . Majestic and humane.”Read more ›
Aharon Appelfeld’s Blooms of Darkness, a “gripping tale of Holocaust survival,” (The Forward ) is now on sale from Schocken Books. Philip Roth calls Appelfeld “fiction’s foremost chronicler of the Holocaust,” and Poets & Writers recently named him one of the Fifty Most Inspiring Authors in the World. In his searing new novel, Appelfeld once again crafts out of the depths of unfathomable tragedy a renewal of life and a deeper understanding of what it means to be human.Read more ›
Today (3/3) is Pantheon Books founder Kurt Wolff’s birthday. In celebration, we’d like to send you a free copy of one of our spanking new March titles. Just tell us the year in which Wolff founded Pantheon for your chance to win!
Since its founding, Pantheon Books has prided itself for offering varied works by the most innovative authors on the scene. This month is no exception, and the first three people who send us the correct answer will receive a copy of The Baseball Codes by Jason Turbow; Dreams in a Time of War by Ngugi wa’Thiong’o; or Eddie Signwriter by Adam Schwartzman. Email email@example.com with your response!Read more ›
In a White House ceremony on Thursday, February 25, President Obama honored the leaders in arts and humanities, including Nobel laureate and Schocken author Elie Wiesel, Bob Dylan, Clint Eastwood, and Frank Stella, by presenting them with the National Medal of the Arts and the National Humanities Medal. The Washington Post reports that “the president gave his own big hug” to Wiesel. Watch the video!
Wiesel’s A Mad Desire to Dance goes on sale in paperback from Schocken Books April 13.Read more ›
In a starred review, Kirkus raves about Aharon Appelfeld’s Blooms of Darkness: “Poignant and tender without being sentimental, the novel achieves its powerful emotive effects through simplicity and understatement—a beautiful read.” Going on sale from Schocken Books March 9.Read more ›
David Lehman’s A FINE ROMANCE is one of four finalists for the 2009 Marfield Prize, also known as the National Award for Arts Writing. Last year’s $11,000 was co-won by Pantheon’s Michael Sragow for Victor Fleming and Knopf’s Brenda Wineapple for White Heat.Read more ›
Music to Our Ears was the Lincoln Center American Songbook (1/27) concert of songs from David Lehman’s A Fine Romance, which was profiled and reviewed in the Wall Street Journal online, The New York Times, WNYC Soundcheck, and Time Out New York. Performers included Rufus Wainwright, Van Dyke Parks, and surprise guest Sting!
In his New York Times music review of this special concert, Stephen Holden says of David Lehman’s A Fine Romance: “A Fine Romance by David Lehman (Schocken Books, 2009) is an appreciative, scholarly study of traditional popular song that goes into considerable and enlightening detail about the intermingling of black and Jewish popular music, primarily from the first half of the 20th century.”Read more ›