WSJ Writer Wins $100K


Lucette Lagnado, a former editor of The Forward, has won the 2008 Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature. From Emily Meredith of The New York Press:

”Lagnado, who works as a reporter for The Wall Street Journal, then sent an email to the Jewish Book Council, which administers the prizes, just to make sure. They replied, confirming the earlier telephone conversation.

”As the night went on, her doubts grew stronger. ‘I literally did not believe by the end of the night that I had won.’ Only after the organization sent out its press release, did Lagnado really believe it.

”’I think if one focuses on prizes you kind of lose your way. I have a theory that what you come to expect you don’t often get.’

”Lagnado said the award money, which is 10 times that for a Pulitzer Prize, will allow her to travel and research for another book without worrying about finances.”

The Sami Rohr Prize confers $100,000 to the winner. Ms. Lagnado won the prize for her memoir ”The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit: My Family’s Exodus From Old Cairo to the New World”

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