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A Peek Into the Jewish Book Council's Luscious New Literary Journal, 'Paper Brigade'.

Paper Brigade is a new annual literary journal published by the Jewish Book Council. The cover, depicting a Marla-Frazee-like assemblage of readers captivated by their books, is an indication of what's within: An older woman in pearls sips tea and reads The Puttermesser Papers as her dog naps at her feet; a dark-skinned, knee-socks-sporting young girl with a yellow book bag at her side is hunched on stone steps, utterly absorbed in All-of-a-Kind Family; a balding prepster/hipster in gray jeans and deck shoes, curved in on himself in a classic bentwood chair, pores over The Adventures of Kavalier and Clay; a bearded gentleman in a wool tartan cap crosses his legs in a silver bistro chair as he reads Night. Many kinds of readers, and many kinds of books, are depicted (by designer Katherine Messenger) in an approachable and unpretentious way.

The magazine is named after the group of Jewish writers in the Vilna Ghetto who secretly rescued and hid thousands of Jewish books that the Nazis were planning to destroy. The original Paper Brigade saved work by Maxim Gorky, Sholem Aleichem, Chaim Nachman Bialik, and Theodore Herzl. They salvaged a manuscript by the Vilna Gaon. They stashed away original drawings by Marc Chagall. Ultimately, most of the 40 members were murdered by the Nazis. But their work lives on.

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Author:Ingall, Marjorie
Publication:Tablet Magazine
Date:Dec 16, 2016
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