Paper Brigade is a new beautiful, annual literary journal from The Jewish Book Council that reflects the current Jewish literary landscape but is also rooted in history and tradition.
Paper Brigade contains “something for everyone”: articles, personal essays, poetry, and excerpts from 2017 fiction as well as visual elements: photography and illustrations. By combining past and present, the talented team behind Paper Brigade hopes the journals will become keepsakes that will remain relevant for years to come.
Paper Brigade is named in honor of the group of writers and intellectuals in the Vilna Ghetto who rescued thousands of Jewish books and documents from destruction by the Nazis.
The goal of the original Paper Brigade stood in direct opposition to Nazi propaganda—against the idea that only one voice and one perspective were permissible. “Today,” said Becca Kantor, managing editor at the Jewish Book Council, “it’s more important than ever to emphasize the international and multi-ethnic nature of Jewish literature. We aim to follow in the footsteps of our namesake by embracing the range and diversity of Jewish literary voices.”
I devoured the current issue in one sitting. (It’s that great.) There’s nothing quite like it in terms of reflecting the breadth and richness of Jewish books today. Below are some sample pages and illustrations from the current journal.
If you’re interested in reading about engaging, timely Jewish literature, Paper Brigade is for you. It also makes a terrific gift.