RIBALOW PRIZE TO BE AWARDED TO AUTHOR JOSEPH EPSTEIN
Hadassah Magazine Award Honors Outstanding Fiction on Jewish Theme, Nov. 30
(New York, NY -- October 14, 2004) -- Joseph Epstein, author of Fabulous Small Jews, has been selected as the winner of the 2004 Harold U. Ribalow Prize. Administered by Hadassah Magazine, the Ribalow Prize is awarded annually to an author who has created an outstanding work of fiction on a Jewish theme. This year’s panel of judges included Elie Wiesel, N. Scott Momaday and Jonathan Safran Foer, last year's Ribalow recipient.
Fabulous Small Jews, published by Houghton Mifflin in 2003, is a collection of eighteen short stories, most revolving around male characters at turning points in their lives. Using fine detail and a wry sense of humor, Epstein creates stories about crossroads and the philosophical issues involving one’s past and future. He addresses universal themes of identity, motivation, family and love through a Jewish framework and the occasional Yiddish twist of grammar. Epstein is the author of the best-selling Snobbery: The American Version, among other books, and has contributed to numerous publications.
Ruth G. Cole, chair of Hadassah Magazine, comments, "Hadassah Magazine is proud to honor Joseph Epstein and the other outstanding authors who write about Jewish themes who we have recognized since this award was established in 1983 in honor of the memory of Harold U. Ribalow. We hope that this recognition continues to encourage talented writers throughout the Jewish community."
The awards ceremony will be held on Tuesday, November 30, at The Players in New York City. Neal Kozodoy, editor of Commentary, will be the keynote speaker, and he will talk about "The Stories Jews Tell, and the Jews They Tell Them About."