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Austin Ratner wins Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature

23rd March 2011

Austin Ratner has been awarded the Jewish Book Council's USD 100,000 (GBP 61,113) Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature for his debut novel The Jump Artist.

This centres on the true story of Phillipe Halsman, a Latvian-born American portrait photographer who put Marilyn Monroe on the cover of Life magazine.

The Jewish Book Council also named Joseph Skibell, author of A Curable Romantic, as the runner-up.

Skibell's work was honoured with the USD 25,000 Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature Choice Award.

The other finalists competing for the prize were Allison Amend, for her novel Stations West, Nadia Kalman, who wrote The Cosmopolitans, and Julie Orringer, writer of The Invisible Bridge.

Aiming to honour work that explores Jewish values, the prize was established in 2006 on the 80th birthday of Sami Rohr, a philanthropic real-estate mogul and lover of Jewish literature.

Last year, the prize was won by Kenneth B Moss for his book Jewish Renaissance in the Russian Revolution. 

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