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Awards: National Jewish Book Awards
1999 Winners and Finalists


Autobiography/Memoir Winner

King David's Harp
King David's Harp
Autobiographical Essays by Jewish Latin American Writers

by Stephen A. Sadow (ed.)
KING DAVID'S HARP is a haunting and inspiring oratorio rarely heard by Jewish listeners in North America. Whether translated from Spanish and Portuguese or written in English, these essays resemble arias that reflect the struggle and resilience of a universal Jewish spirit. While each voice remains unique, the essays harmonize in their yearnings for freedom, justice, peace, fulfillment, and transcendence.  (Winner)

Finalists:
Reluctant Return
A Survivor's Journey to an Austrian Town

by David W. Weiss
Stone Pillow
The Life and Times of Jona Lerman

by Arlene Kurtis, Jona Lerman



Children's Picture Book/Louis Posner Memorial Award Winner

Joseph Had a Little Overcoat
Joseph Had a Little Overcoat
by Simms Taback
Joseph had a little overcoat, but it was full of holes -- just like this book! When Joseph's coat got too old and shabby, he made it into a jacket. But what did he make it into after that? And after that? As children turn the pages of this book, they can use the die-cut holes to guess what Joseph will be making next from his amazing overcoat -- while they laugh at the bold, cheerful artwork and learn that you can always make something, even out of nothing.  (Winner)

Finalists:
Exodus
by Brian Wildsmith
Streets of Gold
by Rosemary Wells, Dan Andreasen (illus.)


 
Eastern European Studies/Ronald S. Lauder Award

Polin
Focusing on Galicia: Jews, Poles, and Ukrainians

by Israel Bartal (ed.), Antony Polonsky (ed.)
This year's award is honoring Polin, a journal of studies in Polish Jewry that published its 12th volume. Since its inception in 1986 the journal has offered a forum for outstanding scholarship drawn from many disciplines. By publishing contributions from many different countries, it opened a dialogue in a field where scholars had previously found it difficult to communicate with one another across national boundaries. Polin leaves no subject untouched, providing an encyclopedic overview of 1,000 years in the history of Polish Jewry.

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