National Jewish Book Awards announced

National Jewish Book Awards announced

Prize ceremony in March will honor works about Jews in New York City, sports and early America

JTA — A three-volume history of New York Jewry took Jewish Book of the Year honors at the 2012 National Jewish Book Awards.

“City of Promises: A History of the Jews of New York,” which was published by the New York University Press and edited by Deborah Dash Moore, won the Everett Family Foundation Jewish Book of the Year Award, the Jewish Book Council announced Jan. 15.

Author and Nobel Prize-winning neuropsychiatrist Eric Kandel was the recipient of the Jewish Book Council’s Lifetime Achievement Award and will deliver the keynote address at the awards event on March 14 at the Center for Jewish History in New York.

Another winning anthology was “Jewish Jocks: An Unorthodox Hall of Fame,” edited by Franklin Foer and Marc Tracy.

In the American Jewish Studies category, Laura Arnold Leibman’s “Messianism, Secrecy and Mysticism: A New Interpretation of Early American Jewish Life” took top honors, while Brandeis University professor Jonathan Sarna was among the finalists for his book “When General Grant Expelled the Jews.”

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