Clearly, 'tis the season (!) for awards. Up next: Five fiction writers have been chosen for the 2009 Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature, which comes with an impressive $100,000 award.
The finalists are:
Sana Kraskikov, One More Year
Anne Landsman, The Rowing Lesson
Dalia Shofer, The Septembers of Shiraz
Anya Ulinich, Petropolis
The winner will be announced later this spring. Last year's winner was Lucette Lagnado, author of the memoir The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit.