Bonny V. Fetterman is a freelance editor, writer, and book critic with special expertise in Jewish studies and books of Jewish interest. She has edited popular and academic books on Jewish history, Judaism, biblical studies, rabbinics, literary studies, Holocaust studies and memoirs, Israel, Jewish culture(s), and Jews in popular culture.
As an independent editor and publishing consultant since 1999, Bonny has provided clients with editorial help on manuscripts, book proposals, and promotional materials; placed projects with agents and publishers; reviewed and negotiated contracts; and consulted on publicity and promotion. She has a wide range of contacts in the Jewish community (rabbinic, academic, and organizational) and an academic background in Jewish studies. She earned her BA in history from the University of Rochester and her MA in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies from Brandeis University. She also studied at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Jewish Theological Seminary.
During her fifteen-year tenure as senior editor and director of Judaica at Schocken Books, Bonny acquired, edited, 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.; Entering Jewish Prayer by Reuven Hammer; 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; On Being a Jewish Feminist by Susannah Heschel; The Sunflower by Simon Wiesenthal (she is co-author of the revised edition); 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. She also served for twelve years as literary editor at Reform Judaism magazine, where she wrote book reviews, travel features, and author interviews.
Among recent freelance projects that Bonny edited and placed are: 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); 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; National Jewish Book Award); 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.