Debra Spark

Debra Spark’s ‘Good for the Jews’ is recommended for discussion groups

by Heather Newman May 19, 2010

Reform Judaism magazine, which claims the title of the world’s largest circulated Jewish magazine, tagged Debra Spark’s Good for the Jews with a high honor, designating it as Recommended for Discussion Groups. The magazine has started its own discussion of the book on its Books blog. “The author asks us to consider what constitutes anti-Semitism,” Peter Shapiro writes in the first comment. “She also asks us to consider when and by what means we combat anti-Semitism as well as what should be the appropriate sanctions for the offender. Another question to ponder is: do we sacrifice justice for one or […]

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Two critically acclaimed novelists speak at March 19 UMP Author Series event

by Heather Newman March 9, 2010

Debra Spark set her novel in Madison, Wis. Susan Messer placed hers in downtown Detroit the summer of the 1967 riots. Both make you feel as if you actually stepped into those cities. And both will be in Ann Arbor on Friday, March 19, from 5-6:30 p.m., as a joint presentation from the University of Michigan Press Author Series and the UM Library Spotlight Series to read from their books and discuss their methods. A book sale/signing and Q&A will follow. Spark’s book, Good for the Jews, is a funny, sharp story about a Jewish family facing everything from love […]

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