Breaking news. The Jewish Book Council in the USA has just sent us the following:
Dear Tony & Mira,
Congratulations! On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Jewish Book Council, I am happy to inform you that, out of our many submissions, your book:
Memories of Eden
Violette Shamash; Mira and Tony Rocca, eds.
has been selected as a finalist of the
2008 NATIONAL JEWISH BOOK AWARD
in the category of
This book was selected after careful analysis by a panel of three judges who are all authorities in their field. The judges encountered a great deal of difficulty in making their decisions this year. Several categories offered many viable candidates, which made the selection even harder. It is gratifying to know there is a wide range of Jewish content books available. Your book now joins the ranks of the hundreds of well-respected, classic Jewish books that have been National Jewish Book Award finalists. The National Jewish Book Awards, now in its 58th year, is the longest-running program of its kind in North America.
We recognize and appreciate your editorial decision to publish a book of such high quality; one that enlarges the whole enterprise of Jewish scholarship and contributes to informed living, understanding, and entertainment for the entire English-reading world.
• The presentation of the National Jewish Book Awards will be at a gala ceremony, open to the public, at 7:30pm on Thursday, March 5th, at the Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, New York City