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BOROWITZ /
1973
LITERARY AWARD WINNERS
two years.
The Upstairs Room
is a memorable book that reflects
a spirit of optimism that transcended the horrors of the frighten-
ing war. I t merits wide reading not only by children but I would
even say by adults.
H A R R Y AND FLORENCE KOVNER MEMOR IAL AW ARD
Last year the Harry and Florence Kovner Memorial Award was
presented for a volume of Hebrew poetry and the previous year
for a volume of English Jewish poems. This year it is being given
to a Yiddish poet. The late Harry Kovner, in whose memory
and that of his wife the award is being given, was a Jewish poet
of the past generation. The judges for this award were Hyman
B. Bass, executive director of the Congress for Jewish Culture
and a past president of the Jewish Book Council, and Eliezer
Greenberg, the noted Yiddish writer whose English anthologies
of Yiddish literature have become classics.
The judges have selected for the award Meir Sticker for his
book
Yidishe Landshaft
which was published by the Peretz Farlag
in Tel Aviv. For many years Mr. Sticker was the news editor of
the
Jewish Morning Journal
and later the
Jewish Day-Morning
Journal.
At present he is the news editor of the
Forward
and also
writes a weekly column of essays on literary themes. Many of his
poems have been translated into Hebrew and English. Some
English translations of his writings have appeared in
A Treasury
of Yiddish Poetry,
edited by Irving Howe and Eliezer Greenberg.
The author of four books of poetry in Yiddish, he has translated
from English and other languages into Yiddish such works as
the poems of Heinrich Heine, Nellie Sachs, and other American
and English poets; he also did a translation of
The Old Man of
the Sea,
by Ernest Hemingway. Some years ago he received the
Lamed Award for Jewish literature and today he is receiving the
Kovner award for
Yidishe Landshaf t.
W ILL IAM AND JANICE EPSTEIN AW ARD
The William and Janice Epstein Award is being presented for a
book of Jewish fiction. Mr. Epstein is the president of Bookazine,
one of the largest book wholesalers in the country, and a member
of the Executive Board of the Jewish Book Council. He is also
the publisher of
Judaica Book News,
an excellent resource for