Hadassah

Molly Antopol Named 2015 Ribalow Prize Winner By Hadassah Magazine

Wednesday, Oct 7 2015

Molly Antopol, 2015 Ribalow Prize Winner

NEW YORK–Hadassah Magazine is pleased to announce that Molly Antopol, author of the acclaimed short story collection The UnAmericans, is the winner of the 2015 Harold U. Ribalow Prize for Jewish fiction. For the past 31 years, Hadassah Magazine has awarded the Ribalow prize annually to an author who has created an outstanding work of fiction on a Jewish theme. Antopol will be honored at a ceremony in early December in New York.

"We are delighted to honor Molly Antopol," said Marcie Natan, National President of Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America. "Her honest, witty, heartbreaking and deeply satisfying stories make one nostalgic for another era of short fiction. We look forward to more works from this gifted writer, buoyed by our magazine’s prestigious award.”

In her first story collection, Antopol explores the everyday anxieties and complex past lives of immigrant, imperfect and inconforming characters from New York to California, from Prague to Tel Aviv. “In these stories, Antopol depicts with bold strokes and uncanny intelligence the intimate links between family, history, and politics, never failing to capture the grit and hurt of intergenerational confrontation,” wrote Diego Báez in Booklist.

Antopol’s book, published by W.W. Norton, was one of three nominated for this year’s Ribalow Prize. The other nominees were The Mathematician’s Shiva by Stuart Rojstaczer (Penguin/Random House) and The Betrayers by David Bezmozgis (Back Bay Books/Little Brown).The independent panel of judges for the prize consisted of Pulitzer Prize winner N. Scott Momaday, who has been on the panel for 15 years; 2014 Ribalow Award winner Helene Wecker; and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Elie Wiesel, who has served on the panel for 30 years.

“I am thrilled to be this year's recipient of the Ribalow Prize,” said Antopol. “Many of the previous winners are among the writers whose books have been very meaningful to me over the years, and I greatly admire the work of the two other finalists. Enormous thanks to the Ribalow family and everyone at Hadassah, an organization whose important work I very much respect. Finally, thank you to the judges — the fact that such extraordinary writers connected to my stories is deeply moving, and a tremendous honor.”

About the Author:

Molly Antopol’s debut story collection,The UnAmericans, won the New York Public Library’s Young Lions Fiction Award, a “5 Under 35” Award from the National Book Foundation, and the Ribalow Prize. The book was longlisted for the National Book Award and was a finalist for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction, the Barnes & Noble Discover Award, the National Jewish Book Award, the California Book Award, the Sami Rohr Prize and the Edward Lewis Wallant Award. Her writing has appeared in many journals and magazines and won a 2015 O. Henry Prize. She’s the recipient of a Radcliffe Institute Fellowship at Harvard and a Stegner Fellowship at Stanford, where she currently teaches.

About the Award:

Hadassah Magazine's annual literary award was established in 1983 by the friends and family of the late Harold U. Ribalow, an editor, writer and anthologist known for his passion for Jewish literature and his interest in promoting the work of many now-famous writers. Ribalow was inducted posthumously into the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in 2009 for his contributions to society through sports writing.

W. W. Norton & Company is the nation’s largest independent, employee-owned book publishing house. Founded by William Warder Norton in 1923, the firm now publishes approximately 450 books annually in its combined divisions and continues to adhere to its original motto, “Books that Live,” striving to publish works of enduring distinction in the areas of nonfiction, fiction, poetry, and textbooks.

Comments

No comments yet.
First Name
Email
Comment
Enter this word:

Related Stories

alt_text Fighting Anti-Semitism: Update

In the wake of frequent anti-Semitic attacks across the country, Hadassah members are speaking out and getting involved in national and local efforts to fight anti-Semitism, hate, and white supremacy.

READ MORE ›
alt_text

Wednesday, May 15 2019

Hadassah Announces 2019 Leaders of Tomorrow Scholarship Recipients

Hadassah has named the recipients of its 2019 Leaders of Tomorrow Award for Young Women scholarship, announced Ellen Hershkin, National President, Hadassah, The Women's Zionist Organization of America, Inc. (HWZOA). This is a highly selective, merit-based competition.

READ MORE ›
alt_text

Wednesday, May 1 2019

Hadassah Signs onto Letter Condemning Anti-Semitic Cartoon in the NY Times

In response to the outrageous anti-Semitic cartoons in the NY Times, yesterday Hadassah, The Women’s Zionist Organization of America, Inc. (HWZOA), signed onto a letter initiated by the Jewish Council of Public Affairs (JCPA) on Monday, April 29, demanding a response from the newspaper.

READ MORE ›
alt_text

Sunday, Apr 28 2019

Hadassah Statement on the San Diego Chabad Shooting

Hadassah mourns, with the worldwide community, the tragic loss of Lori Gilbert-Kaye z”l, a beloved member of the Bat Harim group of Hadassah San Diego

READ MORE ›

Donation Questions

donorservices@hadassah.org

(800) 928-0685

Membership Questions

membership@hadassah.org

(800) 664-5646

Missions Department

missions@hadassah.org

(800) 237-1517

Contact Us

40 Wall Street

New York, NY 10005

support@hadassah.org

More ›

Show More