About Peter Manseau

Peter Manseau is the author most recently of the novel, Songs for the Butcher's Daughter.

Why Fact Needs Fiction

By January 26, 2009

Many in the publishing world will caution a writer with an interest in both fiction and non-fiction to pick one genre and stick with it, as if a journalist writing a novel was somehow akin to a chiropractor taking a … Read More

Missionary Yiddish

By January 22, 2009

When I worked in the Jewish world, I was at first surprised, then annoyed, and eventually amused to find that my motives for being there were often suspect. People sometimes wondered if I was some kind of missionary, which to … Read More

Life as a Non-Jewish Jewish Novelist

By January 21, 2009

In my last post I wondered if my unlikely career as a non-Jewish Jewish novelist began with the religious environment in which I was raised: with parents who broke one of the Catholic Church’s most distinctive rules simply by bringing … Read More

How a Priest’s Kid Won a Jewish Book Award

By January 20, 2009

Peter Manseau, author of Songs for the Butcher’s Daughter, is guest blogging this week as one Jewcy‘s Lit Klatsch bloggers. Peter’s book is about a fictional Yiddish poet born in Moldova at the turn of the 20th Century. If there … Read More