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WINNERS OF THE 1969 LITERARY AWARDS OF
THE JEWISH BOOK COUNCIL OF AMERICA
By
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Following is the substance of the presentation of literary
awards by Dr. Nadich at annual meeting of the Jewish
Book Council of America on May 17, 1970, a t the Park
Avenue Synagogue, New York City.
Harry and Florence Kovner Memorial Award
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n p r e v io u s y e a r s
we presented three Harry and Florence Kovner
Memorial Awards—for poetry in English, Yiddish and Hebrew.
We have decided that a single poetry award will be given each
year, alternating among the three languages, and in a much more
substantial amount than heretofore. This year the award is for
Yiddish poetry. The judges for the award were the distinguished
authors and critics, Hyman B. Bass, director of the Congress for
Jewish Culture; Leon Rubinstein of the Farband Labor Zionist
Order; Dr. Yudel Mark, editor of
The Great Dictionary of the
Yiddish Language,
and Moshe Starkman of the
Day-Morning
Journal.
We are grateful for their effort in selecting the recipient
for this distinction: Eliezer Greenberg’s book
E ibiker Dorsht
(Eternal Thirst).
Author of six books on Yiddish poetry and three books of
literary criticism, Eliezer Greenberg co־edited with Irving Howe
A Treasury of Yiddish Stories
(1954) and
A Treasury of Yiddish
Poetry
that appeared last year. He was a recipient of the Harry
and Florence Kovner Memorial Poetry Award of the Council in
1953 for a book of poems and the Yaakov Fichman Poetry Award
in Israel in 1964 for general literary merit. He is at present one
of the editors of the oldest and most widely respected Yiddish
literary and cultural monthly,
D i Zukunft.
Charles and Bertie G. Schwartz Award
The Charles and Bertie G. Schwartz Juvenile Award was
established this year in memory of the late Charles Schwartz
and in honor of our energetic colleague, Mrs. Bertie Schwartz,
who has been active over the years on behalf of Jewish books.
The judges for the juvenile award were well known educators
and themselves authors of children’s books: Lloyd Alexander,
Dr. Morris Epstein, Deborah Pessin and Sylvia Rothchild. I
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