Bonny V. Fetterman is a freelance editor and agent with special expertise in books of Jewish interest. She has edited books on Jewish history, Bible, Jewish literature, Judaism, Holocaust studies and memoirs, modern Israel, and Jews in popular culture. She was awarded the Jewish Book Council’s 2021 Carolyn Starman Hessel Award for Mentorship.
As an independent editor and publishing consultant for more than two decades, Bonny has provided authors with editorial help on manuscripts, book proposals, and promotional materials; placed book projects with publishers; reviewed contracts; and consulted on publicity and promotion. She earned her BA in history from the University of Rochester and her MA in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies from Brandeis University. She studied at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Jewish Theological Seminary.
Bonny was senior editor and director of Judaica at Schocken Books for fifteen years where acquired and published over 200 critically-acclaimed books of Jewish interest including: The Book of Legends/Sefer Ha-Aggadah, H.N. Bialik and Y.H. Ravnitsky, eds.; Exploring Exodus by Nahum M. Sarna; The Five Books of Moses, Everett Fox, trans.; I Never Saw Another Butterfly / U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum; Jewish Meditation by Aryeh Kaplan; The Sunflower by Simon Wiesenthal; What Do Jews Believe? by David Ariel; Women and Jewish Law by Rachel Biale; and The Schocken Library of Yiddish Classics Series. She commissioned translations of works by S.Y. Agnon, Martin Buber, and Gershom Scholem. For twelve years she was literary editor of Reform Judaism magazine, where she wrote book reviews and travel features.
Recent projects that Bonny edited and placed: What Remains: Selected Poems by David Curzon (Ben Yehuda Press); Growing Up Below Sea Level: A Kibbutz Memoir by Rachel Biale (Mandel-Vilar Press); A Passion for Israel: Adventures of a Sar-el Volunteer by Mark Werner (Gefen Publishing House); The Night the Referee Hit Back: Memorable Moments from the World of Boxing by Mike Silver (Rowman & Littlefield); Left to the Mercy of a Rude Stream: The Bargain That Broke Adolf Hitler and Saved My Mother by Stanley Goldman (Potomac Books). Other projects Bonny edited and placed: Raising Secular Jews: Yiddish Schools and Their Periodicals for American Children by Naomi Prawer Kadar (Brandeis University Press); Stars in the Ring: Jewish Champions in the Golden Age of Boxing by Mike Silver (Lyons Press); Holocaust, Genocide, and the Law by Michael Bazyler (Oxford University Press; National Jewish Book Award); Exit Berlin: How One Woman Saved Her Family from Nazi Germany by Charlotte Bonelli (Yale University Press); Commodore Levy: A Novel of Early American in the Age of Sail by Irving Litvag (Texas Tech University Press); Crossing Cairo: A Jewish Woman’s Encounter with Egypt by Ruth Sohn (Gaon Books); Max Lilienthal: The Making of the American Rabbinate by Bruce Ruben (Wayne State); Journey to Heaven: Exploring Jewish Views of the Afterlife by Leila Bronner (Urim); Yiddishlands: A Memoir by David G. Roskies (Wayne State); After Emancipation: Jewish Religious Responses to Modernity by David Ellenson (HUC Press); Forgotten Trials of the Holocaust by Michael Bazyler and Frank Tuerkheimer (NYU).
Bonny welcomes challenging projects of intellectual integrity, literary merit, and value to the Jewish community. Her article on publishing for the Jewish market appears in Editors on Editing by Jerry Gross.