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International Booker Dozen: Today In Books

International Booker Dozen

The 2020 International Booker Prize Longlist (the Booker Dozen) has been announced, celebrating translated fiction from around the world. Looking to read more translated work? You can’t go wrong picking any of these books–I for one am currently reading, and loving, The Memory Police.

Ava DuVernay And Victoria Mahoney To The Rescue

After previous attempts to adapt Octavia Butler’s Dawn fell through, Ava DuVernay and Victoria Mahoney have stepped in to get the job done! Mahoney (first woman to direct a Star Wars movie) will write and direct the first episode, and DuVernay (A Wrinkle In Time; When They See Us) will be executive producer for the Amazon Studios ordered series.

Talmud Accepted Into US’s National Library of Congress

For the first time ever, the book of Talmud will be in the National Library of Congress. The work took Rabbi Adin Even Israel Steinsaltz 8 years to translate from Hebrew to English and will be celebrated tonight with an event. “‘It’s a great honor for the both Diaspora and Israeli Jews to receive such honor from a great institution as important as the US National Library of Congress. For all the Talmud’s thousands of years of existence, it is very exciting and meaningful for us, especially during times like these, when Judaism suffers from antisemitism,’ announced Mani Even Israel, the head of the Steinsaltz center.”