Yid Lit Podcast


YidLit: Admiel Kosman

By Jake Marmer

Sitting down with Israeli poet Admiel Kosman and his translator Lisa Katz (who is a poet in her own right) in the Forward’s podcast studio felt less like a formal interview than a conversation in a dimly lit cafe, extending for hours into the night.Read More


Yid Lit: Jeffery Eugenides Crafts Love Triangle

By Allison Gaudet Yarrow

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of ‘Middlesex’ crafts a college love triangle in his new novel. When he saw ‘Fiddler on the Roof,’ he thought it was about Greeks.Read More


Yid Lit: Anna Solomon's New Novel on a Jewish Mail-Order Bride

By Allison Gaudet Yarrow

Jewish mail-order bride. Sounds like an oxymoron, right? And for that matter, “Jewish pioneer” does too. But they existed. And they inspired Anna Solomon to write her debut novel.Read More


Yid Lit: Lev Grossman Writes Fantasy Novels Even a Grown-Up Can Love

By Allison Gaudet Yarrow

Lev Grossman doesn’t object to his best-sellers being dubbed ‘Harry Potter for adults.’ The books are filled with magic and wizardry, but they don’t shy away from grown-up nastiness.Read More


Yid Lit: Carmela Ciuraru on the Secret History of Literary Pseudonyms

By Allison Gaudet Yarrow

Many authors who wrote under pseudonyms led strange lives. Carmela Ciuraru tells tales of writers who killed themselves or their lovers and one who used jail as a artistic retreat.Read More


Yid Lit: Richard Zimler, aka the Jewish Dan Brown, Talks About New Book

By Allison Gaudet Yarrow

Richard Zimler writes suspense thrillers rooted in Jewish history, earning him the moniker “the Jewish Dan Brown.” He talks about his new book, which is set in the Warsaw Ghetto.Read More


Janet Reitman Talks 'Inside Scientology' on Yid Lit

By Allison Gaudet Yarrow

Janet Reitman discusses her new book, ‘Inside Scientology’.Read More


Evan Fallenberg Talks About His New Novel on Yid Lit

By Allison Gaudet Yarrow

Evan Fallenberg, the author of the new novel “When We Danced on Water,” discusses writing about religious and sexual identity and what it was like to come out to his children.Read More


One Ring Zero Co-Founder Michael Hearst Talks Books and Plays Music on the Yid Lit Podcast with Allison Gaudet Yarrow

By Allison Gaudet Yarrow

Michael Hearst solicited prose from famous writers and recipes from celebrity chefs, and then whipped them into songs. He visited the Forward studio to perform.Read More


Yid Lit: Linda Grant

Forward contributor Jo-Ann Mort speaks to Orange Prize-winning novelist Linda Grant about her new novel, “We Had It So Good.” In it, Grant uses the story of an American Jew in Britain to illuminate how baby boomers’ hippie beginnings actually led them to more traditional professions and lives of conspicuous consumption.Read More





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