Hanukkah Lights 2002

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NPR's annual literary celebration of Hanukkah continues with a new crop of fiction inspired by the Jewish festival of lights.

NPR's Susan Stamberg and Murray Horwitz of the AFI Silver Theater read stories by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, Simone Zelitch, Anne Roiphe, Leslie Epstein and Mark Helprin.


Amy Krouse Rosenthal
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'Interview with God' and 'A Hanukkah Quiz' by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

Rosenthal is also the author of The Mother's Guide to the Meaning of Life and The Book of Eleven: An Itemized Collection of Brain Lint.


Simone Zelitch
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'I Had a Little Dreydle' by Simone Zelitch

Zelitch's 2000 novel, Louisa, was a recent winner of the Goldberg Prize. She is also the author of Moses in Sinai and Confession of Jack Straw.


Anne Roiphe
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'The Demon Foiled' by Anne Roiphe

A modern fable that takes an often wry look at a family gathering touched by big-city politics. Yet, under the spell of Hanukkah, even political spin can become an enlightening truth. Roiphe is author of Up the Sandbox and My Real Life as a Mother.


Mark Helprin
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'Hanukkah in the Age of Guys and Dolls' by Mark Helprin

A helping of Damon Runyon from this respected writer. A contributing editor for The Wall Street Journal, Helprin's novels include A Soldier of the Great War, and Winter's Tale.


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'A Hollywood Hanukkah' by Leslie Epstein

His father and uncle, Philip and Julius Epstein, wrote many classic films of the late thirties and forties, including Arsenic and Old Lace, Mr. Skeffington, and Casablanca. Epstein himself has written eight books of fiction, including King of the Jews, Pinto and Sons, and Goldkorn Tales.

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