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MJCCA Book Fest Opens This Month

More than 13,000 visitors are expected to attend the 24th Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta (MJCCA) Book Festival November 5 – 22. One of the community’s most anticipated cultural events, this year’s festival will feature “In Conversation,” interviews between more than 40 authors and local journalists, engaging speaker programs, book signings, panel discussions, The Family Reading Festival, and more.

Book Festival Co-Chair Susan Tourial says, “For 18 days, we invite people from across the Southeast to meet these renowned authors, and enjoy unique programs, including an evening of comedy, a delicious luncheon prepared by an award-winning chef, a one-man-show by a founding member of a famous 60’s rock band, and much more.”

Book Festival Co-Chair Deborah Jacobs adds, “We are thrilled to offer special author events for artists and musicians, families and book clubs, scholars and historians. Authors will discuss books with topics including Israel, religion, political satire, humor, mystery, and popular fiction. Our Book Festival truly has something to offer all book lovers.” With such a wide variety of topics and genres, attendees are sure to recognize a few names as well as discover a few new ones.

Beloved author Judy Blume will talk about her latest release, In the Unlikely Event. Dr. Ruth Westheimer will share private stories from her past and her present, with her latest book The Doctor Is In: Dr. Ruth on Love, Life, and Joie de Vivre. Local media personality Mara Davis will converse with Arlene and Alan Alda about Just Kids From the Bronx. Author of My Grandfather Would Have Shot Me: A Black Woman Discovers Her Family’s Nazi Past, Jennifer Teege will converse with actress, director and entertainer, Jasmine Guy, about discovering that her grandfather was Amon Goeth, the vicious Nazi commandant. Advocate for modern families and working fathers, journalist Josh Levs explores the changing face of fatherhood and what it means for our individual lives, families, workplaces and society in All In: How Our Work-First Culture Fails Dads, Families, and Businesses–And How We Can Fix It Together. Forty-two-year veteran of ABC News, Ted Koppel will explain that a major cyberattack on America’s power grid is not only possible but likely, in his newest book Lights Out: A Cyberattack, A Nation Unprepared, Surviving the Aftermath. Shulem Deen will shed light on one of the most insular Hasidic sects in the United States, the Skverers, in All Who Go Do Not Return. That is only a fraction of the talent and events at this impressive book festival. Check the complete schedule on the website and mark your calendars so you don’t miss out!

Most events will be held at the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta (MJCCA), 5342 Tilly Mill Road, Dunwoody. For more information, complete listing schedule, and to purchase tickets, visit AtlantaJCC.org or call 678.812.4005.

On a personal note, I attended the festival for the first time in 2013 and sat enthralled while Lauren Weisberger chatted about Revenge Wears Prada: The Devil Returns, the follow-up to her smashing debut The Devil Wears Prada. Last year my favorite was Susan Jane Gilman speaking about The Ice Cream Queen of Orchard Street. This year I’m on pins and needles for Nomi Eve to tell me about writing Henna House.