Cel­e­brate Jew­ish Book Month with #30days30authors! In hon­or of the 90th anniver­sary of Fan­ny Gold­stein’s trib­ute to Jew­ish books in the West End’s branch of the Boston Pub­lic Library, Jew­ish Book Coun­cil invit­ed 30 lead­ing authors, one for each day of the month, to answer a few ques­tions.

Mat­ti Friedman’s work as a reporter has tak­en him from Lebanon to Moroc­co, Cairo, Moscow and Wash­ing­ton, D.C., and to con­flicts in Israel and the Cau­ca­sus. He grew up in Toron­to and lives in Jerusalem.The Alep­po Codex, his first book, was pub­lished in May 2012 by Algo­nquin Books of Chapel Hill. It won the 2014 Sami Rohr Prize for Jew­ish lit­er­a­ture, was select­ed as one of Booklist’s top ten reli­gion books of the year, was award­ed the Amer­i­can Library Association’s Sophie Brody Medal and the Cana­di­an Jew­ish Book Award for his­to­ry, and was a final­ist in the Reli­gion Newswrit­ers Association’s award for best book of the year. Edi­tions have been pub­lished or are pend­ing in Israel, Aus­tralia, Hol­land, France, Ger­many, the Czech Repub­lic, Rus­sia and South Korea. 

His sec­ond book, Pump­kin­flow­ers: A War Sto­ry, will be pub­lished by Algo­nquin Books in April, 2016.