Author, author: New books by Bay Area writers

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The work of at least two Bay Area poets is featured in “Sources of Jewish Poetry: A 30 Year Shirim Retrospective.”

The poetry journal Shirim is published semi-annually; this new double volume is said to represent some of the finest poems it has published. The retrospective includes a wide range of writers — from Marcia Falk and Chana Bloch of Berkeley, to the Canadian singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen, to New Orleans dream therapist Rodger Kamenetz, to the late Morton Marcus, a professor who lived for many years in Santa Cruz.

“Sources of Jewish Poetry” edited by Marc Steven Dworkin and Merrill Leffler (84 pages, Shirim, $10)

Alan Fleishman’s new novel, “A Fine September Morning,” focuses on the Russian Jewish experience in the early 20th century. His historical fiction follows a family torn apart by anti-Jewish riots and war, starting with the 1905 pogroms. This is Fleishman’s follow-up to his debut novel, “Goliath’s Head,” continuing the saga of the Russian Jewish immigration to America.

The San Carlos resident was moved to draw attention to the Russian Jewish immigrant story after a visit to his ancestral homeland in Ukraine.

Fleishman will appear at book talks around the Bay Area; the next one takes place at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 5 at the Belmont Library, 1110 Alameda de las Pulgas. A schedule of his upcoming appearances is listed on his website,

“A Fine September Morning” by Alan Fleishman (362 pages, B. Bennett Press, $34.99 hardcover, $15.99 paperback)

Elisa Adler, who divides her time between Marin and Plumas counties, takes on difficult issues in her memoir “I’ll Close My Eyes (But I Won’t Be Asleep).” The book is about “a Jewish daughter’s journey to accompany her mother to the edge of life,” Adler says. A former newspaper reporter, and college instructor of English and Spanish, Adler now spends most of her time on a farm in Northern California with her husband and daughter.

“I’ll Close My Eyes (But I Won’t Be Asleep)” by Elisa Adler (286 pages, Floating Island Publications, $14.95)