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Reading-in-Place:  Library resources in a time of Corona

With sheltler-in-place and social distance public health measures in place, many of us are looking for other ways to meet our literary and book-loving needs.  Even as restrictions are easing, and curbside services are available from the public library and local bookstores, many have come to appreciate offerings across the country, and even around the world, available through virtual platforms.  Below is an ongoing list of sources to keep current with published fiction and non-fiction, arts, culture, history ... on Jewish themes.  We're trying to update this as often as needed – sometimes daily – so check back often.

Upcoming Highlights

Her First American by Lore Segal –  LBI Book Club, VOL. III
   Tuesday, July 14, 11am PDT (2pm EDT)

Poetry in Times of Peril: Four Women’s Voices – Hebrew College
    Tuesday, July 14, 5:00-6:15pm PDT (8pm EDT)

Natasha Diaz, author of Color Me In – Quarantine(ish) Book Talks
    Thursday, July 16, 5pm PDT (8pm ET)

Holocaust Graphic Novels by Victoria Aarons – Jewish Community Library
   Sunday, July 19, 2-3pm PDT

Chavi Karkowsky, author of High Risk – Quarantine(ish) Book Talks
    Thursday, July 23, 5pm PDT (8pm ET)

 Jennifer Rosner, author of The Yellow Bird Sings – Quarantine(ish) Book Talks
    Thursday, July 30, 5pm PDT (8pm ET)

Three Floors Up by Eshkol Nevo  – Sperber Short Story Discussion
   Tuesdays, August 11, 18, 25,  2-3:30pm PDT  - $40 3-session registration

Book of V by Anna Solomon – Book Club at the Sperber
    Weds, Thurs, August 26, 27 - 2-3:30pm PDT – $18


Note: Some live events were recorded and available after their scheduled time. 
Recorded events can be found most often by checking the host organization's website. 
See "Ongoing Book Talks & Events" or "Past Events & Miscellany" lists below.  

Ongoing Book Talks & Events

Jewish Community Library (SF)

Sperber Community Library (LA)

B'Yachad Together – American Jewish University

Quarantine(ish) Book Talks – Jewish Women's Archive / Jewish Live

Authors at the Table – Jewish Book Council

Jewish Lives podcasts

YIVO Institute events

Great Jewish Books Book Club – Yiddish Book Center

Virtual Events – Yiddish Book Center

The Forward – events


    Richard Elliott Friedman: Return to Torah – Jewish Live
    Mondays 11am PDT  (2pm EDT)

    Containing Multitudes with Joy Ladin – JewishLive
    Tuesdays (see schedule for topics/speakers), 11am PDT (2pm EDT)

    What's Up with G-d?  with Sarah Hurwitz – JewishLive
    Wednesdays 5pm PDT (8pm EDT)

Center for Jewish History

Jewish Wisdom for Coping with a Pandemic - American Mussar
   Thursdays 4-5pm PDT

MERCAZ Reads Israel
online book club featuring contemporary Israeli literature"

Classrooms Without Borders – Weekly Book Discussion
Wednesdays, 1pm PDT (4pm EDT)

Book Sources

Santa Cruz Public Library –
  Update: Curbside pick-up available  - see
  Download/Stream (ebooks/audiobooks) – 
  Wide selection of mostly popular ebook and audiobook titles, same as or similar to Kindle or Audible
  Free to registered SC Public Library card holders – SCPL barcode # required 

Judaism / Project Gutenberg –
  Selection of free, public-domain texts

Bookshop Santa Cruz – curbside pick-up – – 
    "Bookshop is an online bookstore with a mission to financially support independent
      bookstores and give back to the book community." Audiobooks–
   "Same audiobooks.  Same price.  Different story."

ABE Books –
    Used, rare, and collectable book portal for independent book sellers.

Better World Books –
    Online used and discount book seller with a social justice mission.

Past events & Miscellany

Love in the Time of Corona: Ayelet Gundar-Goshen on Jewish Mythology and Israeli Literature  – UCLA

Ayelet Gundar-Goshen Discusses The Liar – American Jewish University

Here All Along: (Re-)Discovering Jewish Wisdom with Sarah Hurwitz – American Jewish University


Reading Lists

The Black Jewish Experience: Love Your Neighbor  #7 – Association of Jewish Libraries

Civil Rights and Race reading list – Jewish Book Council

A Jewish Anti-racist Reading List for Children of All Ages – Kveller

Great Jewish Books email series – My Jewish Learning

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