Koret names finalists for Jewish awards

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Bibliophiles, rejoice! The finalists for this year’s Koret International Jewish Book Awards have been announced. Now, the judges — among them, the Web-surfing public — must choose the winners.

Prizes totaling $25,000 will be awarded to winning authors in the categories of fiction, Jewish thought, Jewish life and living, children’s literature, and — for the first time — the JBooks.com People’s Choice Award, given for the decade’s best work of fiction as determined by public votes tallied on JBooks.com.

The Koret International Jewish Book Awards, managed for the first time this year by Jewish Family & Life! in cooperation with the National Foundation for Jewish Culture, will present the awards at 7 p.m. Nov. 15, at the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco.

Koret International Jewish Book Awards finalists are:

JBooks.com People’s Choice: “Ravelstein” by Saul Bellow; “Everything is Illuminated” by Jonathan Safran Foer; “In the Image” by Dara Horn; “The Puttermesser Papers” by Cynthia Ozick; “The Plot Against America” by Philip Roth; and “The Wedding Jester” by Steve Stern.

Fiction: “The Seventh Beggar” by Pearl Abraham; “Her Body Knows” by David Grossman; and “A Changed Man” by Francine Prose.

Jewish life and living: “The JGirls’ Guide” by Penina Adelman, Ali Feldman and Shulamit Reinharz; “Dignity Beyond Death” by Rochel Berman; “History on Trial” by Deborah Lipstadt; and “Sex, God, Christmas and Jews” by Gil Mann.

Jewish thought: “Betraying Spinoza” by Rebecca Goldstein; “Purity, Sacrifice, and the Temple” by Jonathan Klawans; “The Personhood of God” by Yochanan Muffs; and “Caviar and Ashes” by Marci Shore.

BabagaNewz children’s literature: “Shlemiel Crooks” by Anna Olswanger, illustrated by Paula Goodman Koz; “Before You Were Born” by Howard Schwartz, illustrated by Kristina Swarner; “Butterflies Under Our Hats” by Sandy Eisenberg Sasso, illustrated by Joani Keller Rothenberg.