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Sara Houghteling To Receive Harold U. Ribalow Prize

Author of "Pictures at an Exhibition" will receive annual literary award

NEW YORKHadassah Magazine will present the 2010 Harold U. Ribalow Prize at a 3:30 p.m. ceremony on January 31 in New York.  Every year, Hadassah Magazine honors an author who has created an outstanding work of fiction on a Jewish theme.

This year’s winner is Sara Houghteling, author of Pictures at an Exhibition, which was published in 2009.  Set in Paris in the 1930s and 1940s, Houghteling’s first book tells the story of Max Berenzon, the son of a French Jewish art dealer, as he searches the city for his father’s art, stolen by the Nazis during the Holocaust.

Houghteling was chosen by an independent panel of judges that included Elie Wiesel, N. Scott Momaday and Peter Manseau, the 2009 Ribalow Prize winner.  A nominating committee consisting of three members of the Ribalow family and three representatives from Hadassah Magazine identified the initial list of nominees, which was then sent to the judges.

“It’s a humbling honor to receive this award and to know that Dr. Wiesel read my novel – his writings have been a moving, powerful presence throughout my life,” Houghteling said.  “One of the wonderful aspects of receiving this award is that my parents and I have heard from our family and friends all over, some long-lost and far-flung.  It gives me a renewed sense of my connection to other members of the Jewish community.”

Among the writers who have received the prestigious Harold U. Ribalow Prize since its inception in 1983 are Aharon Appelfeld, Louis Begley, Joseph Epstein, Jonathan Safran Foer, Todd Gitlin, Dara Horn, Anne Michaels, Francine Prose and Tamar Yellin.

Media is invited to attend the ceremony and reception that follows.  Please RSVP to Rachel Schwartzberg by calling (212) 451-6289 or e-mailing rschwartzberg@hadassah.org.

WHAT: 2010 Harold U. Ribalow Prize ceremony

WHERE: 130 East 59th Street, New York, NY 10022

WHEN: Monday, January 31, 2011, from 3:30-5:30 p.m.

WHO: Honoring Sara Houghteling, for Pictures at an Exhibition

About the Author: Sara Houghteling, originally of Brookline, Mass., graduated from Harvard College, then received a master’s in fine arts from the University of Michigan.  She spent a year in Paris as a Fulbright scholar, and recently from a fellowship at the Camargo Foundation in Cassis, France.  Pictures at an Exhibition was a National Jewish Book Award finalist and was named a New York Times editors’ pick.  She is the recipient of the Moment Magazine Emerging Writer Award, a Wallant Award and first prize in the Avery and Jules Hopwood Awards, as well as a John Steinbeck Fellowship.  Her writing has appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle and the New York Times.  She currently lives in Berkeley with her husband, fellow author Daniel Mason. 

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

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