Finalists for the Jewish Book Council's $100,000 Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature are:
Stations West by Allison Amend (LSU Press)
The Cosmopolitans by Nadia Kalman (Livingston Press)
The Invisible Bridge by Julie Orringer (Knopf)
The Jump Artist by Austin Ratner (Bellevue Literary Press) --Winner!
A Curable Romantic by Joseph Skibell (Algonquin Books) --Runner-up!
The finalists will meet with the fiction judges on March 15, and the winner, as well as the $25,000 Choice Award given to the first runner-up, will be announced shortly thereafter. The 2011 award ceremony will be held May 31.
From Jewish Book Council Blog accessed 3/14/10
2010 finalists for the fourth annual Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature are:
Lila Corwin Berman–Speaking of Jews: Rabbis, Intellectuals, and the Creation of an American Public Identity
Ari Y. Kelman – Station Identification: A Cultural History of Yiddish Radio in the United States
Kenneth B. Moss – Jewish Renaissance in the Russian Revolution -Winner!
Danya Ruttenberg – Surprised by God: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Religion
Sarah Abrevaya Stein – Plumes: Ostrich Feathers, Jews, and a Lost World of Global Commerce -Winner!
Sana Krasikov's debut short story collection, One More Year: Stories, has won the 2009 $100,000 Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature for emerging writers.
The $25,000 Sami Rohr Prize Choice Award went to Dalia Sofer, author of The Septembers of Shiraz.
In 2008, Lucette Lagnado was awarded the first non-fiction Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature for her book The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit: A Jewish Family’s Exodus from Old Cairo to the New World.
Tamar Yellin for her novel The Genizah at the House of Shepher