Novelist Austin Ratner (pictured, via) has won the Jewish Book Council’s $100,000 2011 Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature in fiction for his debut novel The Jump Artist (Bellevue Literary Press).
This small press has had a great year. Last April, Bellevue author Paul Harding won the Pulitzer Prize for his novel Tinkers. Runner up Joseph Skibell (A Curable Romantic) will receive the $25,000 Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature Choice Award.
The three Sami Rohr Prize finalists are listed below. Here’s more about the award: “Established in 2006, the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature is the largest monetary award of its kind given to writers of exceptional talent and promise in early career.”