Wicked Son is a new imprint for Jewish books at Post Hill Press under the leadership of publisher Adam Bellow and executive editor David S. Bernstein.

Publishing sharp-edged political and cultural commentary as well as history, fiction, philosophy and other books of Jewish interest, Wicked Son will feature authors from across the Jewish world — in the US, Israel and Europe. It will also include non-Jewish voices and publish books that have appeal beyond the Jewish readership.

Why “Wicked Son”? Adam Bellow explains: “The Wicked Son is everyone’s favorite character in the Passover Haggadah, and it is easy to see why. He is irreverent, witty, and sly, and while he reserves the right to evaluate Jewish tradition by his own lights, he asks the most challenging question. Wicked Son will embody this contrarian spirit by publishing books that grapple with big questions, advance unconventional views, and promote greater Jewish engagement with history, culture and ideas.”

Bellow sees Wicked Son as an opportunity to restore a level of cosmopolitan seriousness about ideas and issues that was the norm during the heyday of postwar Jewish intellectual and literary culture.

Wicked Son has already published several titles in 2020 and will release a dozen more in 2021. Our initial offerings include: The Night Archer and Other Stories by historian and diplomat Michael Oren; Holocaust Holiday: One Family’s Descent into Genocide Memory Hell by Shmuley Boteach; Free as a Jew, a memoir by Ruth R. Wisse; A Complicated Jew by translator and critic Hillel Halkin; Isaac’s Beacon, an epic novel of Israel’s founding by David L. Robbins; Yossi Shain’s The Israeli Century; Hesh Kestin’s The Wrong Jew; Georgette Bennett’s Thou Shalt Not Stand Idly By; and A Jew of Color by Hen Mazzig.

Wicked Son is particularly interested in bringing the vibrancy of Israel’s thriving literary and intellectual culture to American readers. Israel-based associate editor David Hazony will therefore acquire a wide range of books by Israeli authors whose work deserves a broader American audience.

Wicked Son is now accepting submissions from agents and authors. Inquiries may be sent to submissions@wickedsonbooks.com or to hazonybooks@gmail.com.