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  Celebrate books this Spring. Here are some wonderful interviews and other book info from the Jewish Book Carnival Bloggers.

The Fig Tree Books blog presents Dinah Fay’s review of Amy Bloom’s Away and notes a new professional role for Bloom with The New York Times Magazine.

On My Machberet, Erika Dreifus recommends Lesléa Newman’s I Carry My Mother as a most moving (and poetically instructive) read for National Poetry Month.

At The Whole Megillah, Barbara Krasner interviews author Devra Lehmann and namelos editor Karen Klockner about the National Jewish Book Award winner, Spinoza: The Outcast Thinker. Two-in-One Notebook Special:Spinoza: the Outcast Thinker with Author Devra Lehmann and Editor Karen Klockner

Lorri M. Writings reviews Safekeeping, : A Novel by Jessamyn Hope

Freelance writer and editor Deborah Kalb interviews a wide range of authors—fiction, nonfiction, children’s—including writers on Jewish themes, on her blog. Please take a look at her Q&A with Shulem Deen about Deen’s new memoir, All Who Go Do Not Return, which recounts his departure from the Hasidic Jewish community in which he had lived for many years.

Jill at Rhapsody in Books and also Legal Legacy reviewed, for Legal Legacy, “My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel” by Ari Shavit. This book, by a leading Israeli journalist, provides a recent history of Israel and discusses the political and philosophical issues raised the actions of, and even the very existence of, the Jewish state.

2 blogs  on Sandra Bornstein’s site. The first includes an interview with Rabbi Jamie Korngold. The second reviews 3 of her children’s books. Please feel free to link to one or both. Each has internal links that link back to the other as well as related blogs. http://www.sandrabornstein.com/q-a-with-jamie-korngoldhttp://www.sandrabornstein.com/3-jewish-picture-books-by-rabbi-jamie-korngold

And on http://jodiebooks.com/interviews/ an interview with Janet Ruth Heller about writing Modern Midrash.