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JEWISH BOOK ANNUAL
exercises are designed to honor the donors, the publishers and
the winners of the Awards. To this end, after citations are pre­
sented to each publisher and author by the president o f the
Jewish Book Council, the author is invited to address the large
and knowledgeable audience, the ranks of which it might be
added continue to increase each year.
On May 3, 1981, when the National Jewish Book Awards Cer­
emony was held, the winning authors delivered brief addresses
revealing the rich variety of their personal outlooks and the
colorful kaleidoscope of Jewish experience in general. Their sen­
sitive statements on their backgrounds, and on the sources of
their creativity as well as their personal philosophy, made the
occasion unforgettable for those present. We therefore decided
to throw open the pages of the
Jewish Book Annual,
the leading
publication devoted to Jewish books in the Diaspora if not in the
entire world, to selections from these addresses. We are grateful
to Prof. Jacob Kabakoff, dedicated editor of the
Jewish Book An­
nual,
for preparing these papers for publication and including
them in the
Annual
over the destinies o f which he has presided
with dedication and distinction. I believe our readers will be
grateful.
THE AWARD WINNERS
WILLIAM AND JANICE EPSTEIN AWARD
FOR JEWISH FICTION
JOHANNA K
a p l a n
,
for
O My America!,
Harper & Row, 1980.
GERRARD AND ELLA BERMAN AWARD
FOR A BOOK OF JEWISH HISTORY
MARKR.
C
o h e n
,
for
Jewish Self-Government in Medieval Egypt -The
Origins of the Office ofHead of theJews, ca. 1065 -1126 ,
Prince­
ton University Press, 1980.
LEON JOLSON AWARD
FOR A BOOK ON THE HOLOCAUST
RANDOLPH
L.
B
r a h am
,
for
The Politics of Genocide - The Holocaust
in Hungary, 2 vols.,
Columbia University Press, 1980.