Every year, the Book Festival of the MJCCA has provided our community with a literary extravaganza, featuring an exciting lineup of exceptional authors, celebrities, and influencers. Be sure not to miss these six picks:

What Unites Us by Dan Rather

After a full career with CBS News as a reporter and anchor, in recent years Dan Rather has come to engage with a new audience through his social media. Now, through his collection of essays, Rather inspires conversation and listening, and reminds us of all the ways in which we are ultimately united.

The Gene Machine: How Genetic Technologies Are Changing the Way We Have Kids–and the Kids We Have 
by Bonnie Rochman

Genetic testing has forever changed medicine, bioethics, and the factors that shape a family. Award-winning journalist Bonnie Rochman explores the promise and peril of genetic tests and interventions, such as how much information doctors feel should be revealed; when it should be revealed; and the division of information between parents, children and additional family members.

The Arena: Inside the Tailgating, Ticket-Scalping, Mascot-Racing, Dubiously Funded, and Possibly Haunted Monuments of American Sport by Rafi Kohan

Sportswriter Rafi Kohan shares the history, behind-the-scenes logistics, and deeply ingrained traditions at several of America’s favorite sports stadiums, discovering who and what makes them tick. From controversial funding and political strong-arming to charming merchandise men and cutthroat ticket scalpers, Kohan cracks open a secret world of unforgettable characters.

Always a Bridesmaid (for Hire): Stories on Growing Up, Looking for Love, and Walking Down the Aisle for Complete Strangers by Jen Glantz

Jen Glantz stood as a bridesmaid for so many of her friends’ weddings that she decided to post an ad on Craigslist advertising her services as a professional bridesmaid. Her hilarious and insightful memoir shares what happened after the post went viral and she walked down the aisle at stranger after stranger’s wedding.

Beneath a Scarlet Sky by Mark T. Sullivan

Beneath a Scarlet Sky is based on the true story of Italian teenager Pino Lella. After being forced to enlist as a German soldier by his parents as an attempt at protection, Pino becomes an Allied spy when he becomes the personal driver for General Hans Leyers of the Third Reich.

Weight of Ink by Rachel Kadish

When a cache of seventeenth-century Jewish documents are discovered during a renovation by one of her graduate students, ailing historian Helen Watt embarks on one last project: a race against another team of historians to determine the identity of the documents’ scribe, the elusive “Aleph.”

Join thousands of your fellow book lovers November 4 – 20, to listen, meet and interact with your favorite authors in a variety of forums, including author meet-and-greets, book signings, a community read, panel discussions, and much more.