Today the Jewish Book Council today revealed the five finalists for the 2011 Sami Rohr Prize in fiction for Jewish Literature. The winner will recieve $100,000 and the first runner-up will get $25,000.
The winners will be revealed next month and honored at a May 31st awards ceremony in New York City. Below, we’ve listed the winners and linked to excerpts of their work–one of our many free book sample mixtapes.
Allison Amend – Stations West (Louisiana State University Press)
Nadia Kalman– The Cosmopolitans (Livingston Press)
Julie Orringer—The Invisible Bridge (Knopf)
Austin Ratner – The Jump Artist (Bellevue Literary Press)
Joseph Skibell –A Curable Romantic (Algonquin Books)
Here’s more from the release: “Hailed as a transformative award for emerging writers, the annual Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature honors the contribution of contemporary writers in the exploration and transmission of Jewish values and is intended to encourage and promote outstanding writing of Jewish interest in the future. Fiction and non-fiction books are considered in alternate years.”