Whirlwind tour in New Jersey, New York and Las Vegas

What a crazy, exciting week. First I was in Short Hills, New Jersey, with the wonderful women of Temple Bnai Jeshrun, then I went to Las Vegas for Tribefest, where I was on a panel with writer Josh Braff (author of Peep Show)–we had a great time sharing ideas during our session. Then back to New York for the National Jewish Book Awards where I received my award for Debut Fiction. What a thrill to hear Cythnia Ozick and meet the remarkable Israeli author David Grossman. Thanks to all the friends who came out to see me. Finally, the whirlwind was topped off with an elegant cocktail party in Manhattan, thrown in my  honor by the Foundation for Jewish Culture.  I met filmmakers, composers, writers, all helped by the foundation’s grants, along with so many supporters and board members who, along with their tireless staff, do so much to support Jewish culture and the arts. I am honored to be part of this dynamic organization.  Loved meeting last year’s winner, Joanna Smith Rakoff. I read her novel, A Fortunate Age, in three feverish  nights of staying up until 2 a.m. and COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN. I continue to recommend it to book clubs whenever I travel.

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