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New York, NY - The Jewish Book Council, administrator of the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature, is pleased to announce the selection of five finalists for the prestigious Sami Rohr Prize. This year, the $100,000 prize will be awarded to an emerging writer of fiction. This is the largest prize of its kind in the Jewish literary world, and one of the largest literary prizes worldwide. In 2006, in celebration of Sami Rohr's 80th birthday, his children and grandchildren inaugurated the Sami Rohr Prize to honor his lifelong love of Jewish literature.
Previous winners of the Sami Rohr Prize are Lucette Lagnado in 2008 for her non-fiction work The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit: My Family's Exodus from Old Cairo to the New World (Ecco) and Tamar Yellin in 2007 for her work of fiction, The Genizah at the House of Shepher (Toby Press). The Sami Rohr Prize considers fiction and non-fiction in alternating years, honoring an emerging author in the field of Jewish literature who has written a book of exceptional literary merit that stimulates an interest in themes of Jewish concern.
THE 2009 FICTION FINALISTS:
Elisa Albert for The Book of Dahlia (Free Press)
The five finalists for the 2009 Sami Rohr Prize have been selected by a panel of distinguished judges drawn from the literary and academic community. Authors were selected based on their demonstration of a fresh vision and evidence of future potential to further contribute to the Jewish literary community. "This year's finalists reflect the complexities of the collective Jewish experience through different cultural lenses and illustrate the varied and changing nature of the American Jewish tapestry," said Geri Gindea, Director of the Sami Rohr Prize.
A Winner will be named in the spring; a Choice Award winner who will receive a $25,000 award will also be announced at that time. A gala awards ceremony will be held in May, 2009 at The Museum of Jewish Heritage in Lower Manhattan.
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For more information about the Jewish Book Council and the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature visit www.jewishbookcouncil.org.