Five authors named finalists for Sami Rohr Prize

(JTA) — Five authors and their works were named finalists for the 2014 Sami Rohr Prize for Non-Fiction.

The finalists for the $100,000 literary prize were announced Monday by the Jewish Book Council. The winner will be announced in November; the runner-up receives $25,000.

They are Sarah Bunin Benor, author of “Becoming Frum”; Marni Davis, “Jews and Booze”; Matti Friedman, “The Aleppo Codex”; Nina Spiegel, “Embodying Hebrew Culture”; and Eliyahu Stern, “The Genius.”

The Rohr Prize has been given annually since 2007 and considers works of fiction and nonfiction in alternating years.

It was created by the late businessman and philanthropist Sami Rohr to recognize emerging writers who articulate the Jewish experience as determined by a specific work, as well as the author’s potential to make significant ongoing contributions to Jewish literature.

Francesca Segal won the prize last year for her novel “The Innocents.”