CJN enters the world of book publishing | Culture


The Cleveland Jewish News is turning the page on a new chapter in its 56-year history with a foray into the world of book publishing.

The CJN is partnering with Gray & Company, publishers in Cleveland to publish “All the World’s a Stage Fright – Misadventures of a Clandestine Critic: A Novella”, written by CJN’s award-winning arts and entertainment critic Bob Abelman. Abelman has worked for the CJN since 2014. His columns are syndicated to the Lake County News-Herald in Willoughby and the Morning Journal in Lorain.

“We could not have found a more appropriate partner to enter into this exciting new venture than David and the team at Gray & Company,” said Kevin S. Adelstein, Publisher and CEO of Cleveland Jewish News and President of Cleveland Jewish. Publication. Company. “When you look at the gray imprint and the huge range of well-known local voices published under it, we couldn’t have found a more suitable publishing partner to help launch Bob’s short story. CJN readers know Bob Abelman as a very talented and gifted theater critic. His lyrics reach far beyond our audience and northeast Ohio and we are excited to work together to provide a home for his early days as a fiction writer.

The CJN will publish five excerpts in print and online.

Extract 1: “3 left 26 close to 0 pinch”

Excerpt 2: I’m afraid of Shakespeare

Excerpt 5: Lenny in the front row

The 128-page book is fun, fast-paced fiction about a theater critic named Asher Kaufman who takes on an acting role in a top theater company in order to write about the experience. He gets more of a story than he bargained for because the play will be “As You Like It” and Asher is – like many people – intimidated by Shakespeare’s plays.

Asher has a mind-numbing fear of Shakespeare. To add to his anxiety, he will share the stage with classically trained actors he has shot in the past and perform for other critics who will take great delight in his likely demise. The fictional memoir will delight theatergoers who have wondered what might be going on behind the scenes at a performance – or inside the mind of a theater critic. The book is set in Cleveland, the nation’s second-largest downtown theater district after New York City.

The book is available for CJN readers to pre-order for $14.95 at cjn.org/books. Autographed copies will be available for those who pre-order. The book will be available on amazon.com and in select bookstores from November 9.

“This partnership makes sense,” said David Gray, president of Gray & Company, Publishers. “We are always looking for new ways to connect authors and their books with readers. The Cleveland Jewish News has a devoted following that supports the arts. And Bob is a talented writer with a distinctive style well known to Cleveland Jewish News readers. This enthusiastic embedded audience gives the book a head start. Then we’ll build on that to reach a wider audience.

The CJN was founded in 1964 and since then the CJPC has expanded to include Columbus Jewish News, cjn.org, columbusjewishnews.com, e-newsletters, digital platforms, Jstyle, Bar•Bat Mitzvah Magazine, Source: An Annual Guide to Jewish Living in Northeast Ohio, Canvas and Balanced Family. Over the past few years, CJPC has entered into publishing agreements with a number of suburban municipalities to create a personalized publication for its residents and business owners. It also publishes South Euclid Magazine, Lyndhurst Life, University Heights Mosaic and has a partnership with Beachwood Buzz.

CJPC has a custom publishing division that produces specialty publications for events and organizations, and an events division that produces approximately a dozen events each year, including signature events such as CJN 18 Difference Makers and CJN 12 Under 36 to highlight notable people in northeast Ohio. and central Ohio. Other events feature guest speakers and premiere parties around its magazines.


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