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Is Superman Circumcised? The Complete Jewish History of the World's Greatest Hero
Savannah Clemmons, McFarland
sclemmons@mcfarlandpub.com ǀ 336.246.4460 x122
mcfarlandbooks.com

The Darkness in Lee's Closet and the Others Waiting There
Jeffrey Collyer, Aelurus Publishing
jeff@aeluruspublishing.com ǀ +44(0)1388 768129
aeluruspublishing.com

Bio

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Roy Schwartz is the Diagram Prize-winning author of Is Superman Circumcised? The Complete Jewish History of the World's Greatest Hero and other books. He writes about pop culture for The Forward and CNN.com.

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Roy Schwartz is the Diagram Prize-winning author of Is Superman Circumcised? The Complete Jewish History of the World's Greatest Hero and The Darkness in Lee's Closet and the Others Waiting There. He’s written for a wide range of publications, including New York Daily News, Jerusalem Post and Philosophy Now. He writes about pop culture for The Forward and CNN.com. He can be found at royschwartz.com and on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook as @RealRoySchwartz.

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Roy Schwartz is the author of Is Superman Circumcised? The Complete Jewish History of the World's Greatest Hero and The Darkness in Lee's Closet and the Others Waiting There.

Is Superman Circumcised?
 won the 2021 international Diagram Prize for Oddest Book Title of the Year.

Roy has written for a wide range of publications, including New York Daily News, Jerusalem Post and Philosophy Now. He currently writes about pop culture for The Forward and CNN.com.

He received his BA in English from the New School University and interdisciplinary MA in English and social thought from NYU. He has taught English and writing at the City University of New York and is a former writer-in-residence fellow at the New York Public Library.

Roy can be found at royschwartz.com and on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook as @RealRoySchwartz.

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Roy is the author of Is Superman Circumcised? The Complete Jewish History of the World's Greatest Hero and The Darkness in Lee's Closet and the Others Waiting There.

Is Superman Circumcised? won the 2021 international Diagram Prize for Oddest Book Title of the Year.

Roy has written for a wide range of publications, including New York Daily News, Jerusalem Post and Philosophy Now. He currently writes about pop culture for The Forward and CNN.com.

His professional writing is similarly diverse, including educational organizations, law firms, tech companies, toy companies and production studios.

Roy has taught English and writing at the City University of New York and is a former writer-in-residence fellow at the New York Public Library.

He graduated magna cum laude from the New School University with a BA in English, majoring in creative writing with a minor in journalism, and cum laude from NYU with an interdisciplinary MA in English and social thought, focusing on 19th century British and 20th century American literature. He interned for Marvel Comics.

Originally from Tel Aviv, Israel, Roy grew up a voracious reader of everything from Israeli novels to British plays to American comic books. He taught himself English from comics and cartoons, which is why he's comfortable saying things like "swell."

Roy lives in Long Island, NY with his wife Kim, a bestselling author and editor, and their two children. He has a penchant for caffeine, candy and a quality-over-quantity wardrobe.

He can be found at royschwartz.com and on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook as @RealRoySchwartz.

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Is Superman Circumcised? The Complete Jewish History of the World's Greatest Hero

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SUPERMAN is the most famous character in the world. He’s the first superhero, an American icon—and he’s Jewish!

Introduced in June 1938, the Man of Steel was created by two Jewish teens, Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, the sons of immigrants from Eastern Europe. They based their hero’s origin story on Moses, his strength on Samson, his mission on the golem and his nebbish secret identity on themselves. They made him a refugee fleeing catastrophe on the eve of World War II and sent him to tear Nazi tanks apart nearly two years before the US joined the war.

In following decades Superman’s mostly Jewish writers, artists and editors continued to borrow Jewish motifs for their stories, basing Krypton’s past on Genesis and Exodus, its civilization on Jewish culture, the trial of Lex Luthor on Adolf Eichmann’s and a holiday celebrating Superman on Passover.

Exploring these underlying themes of a beloved modern mythology, Is Superman Circumcised? The Complete Jewish History of the World’s Greatest Hero is a fascinating and entertaining journey through comic book lore, American history and Jewish tradition, sure to give readers a newfound appreciation for the Mensch of Steel!

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Awards: 2021 international Diagram Prize for the Oddest Book Title of the Year.
Awarded by The Bookseller, UK’s oldest publishing trade

Target audience: adults with interest in Jewish culture, pop culture, comic books and Superman. Academics, educators, students, librarians.

Publisher: McFarland
Pub. date: May 5, 2021
Genre: nonfiction, history, cultural criticism, popular culture
Print: paperback, 374 pages
ISBN: 978-1476662909
Retail price: $45 ($38.49 Amazon)
eBook ISBN: 978-1476644417
Retail price: $27.99

The Darkness in Lee's Closet and the Others Waiting There

Lee just wants her dad back. But the land of the dead is a dangerous place.

When her father dies, Lee’s life is torn apart. The only comfort she finds is in the complete darkness of her closet, where she sleeps at night.

When she discovers the darkness leads to the afterlife, she hatches a plan—to find her dad and bring him back home.

With the help of four very talkative, very dead companions she finds trapped in the darkness, she sets off on a quest through the afterworlds.

But a little live girl does not belong there. Lee will have to face frightening dangers and use all her courage and cunning if she wishes to save her father, her friends, and herself.

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Awards: Amazon #1 New Release in two categories: Children’s Coming of Age Fantasy Books & Children’s Paranormal, Occult & Supernatural Books, Sep. 4–18, 2018.

Nominee, 2018 TCK Publishing Reader’s Choice Book Awards

Target audience: middle graders age 8–12, mature young readers, children of all ages. Teachers, librarians.

Publisher: Aelurus Publishing
Pub. date: August 28, 2018
Genre: fantasy fiction, illustrated chapter book, dark fantasy, macabre, action-adventure
Print: paperback, 256 pages
ISBN: 978-1912775033
Retail price: $11.95
eBook ISBN: 978-1912775026
Retail price: $4.95

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