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Welcome to the DPJCC's
26th Annual Jewish Book Festival 

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Reel Tales
Eric A. Goldman

The American Jewish Story Through Cinema
Thursday, January 30 • 7:30 p.m.

Like the haggadah, the traditional "telling" of the story of the Israelites' exodus from Egypt, cinema has helped us gain valuable insight into the social, political and cultural realites of Jews in America.  Eric A. Goldman's groundbreaking study offers us a sampling of important films like The Jazz Singer (1927), Gentleman's Agreement (1947), Crossfire (1947), The Young Lions (1958), The Way We Were (1973), The Prince of Tides (1991), Avalon (1990), Liberty Heights (1999) and Everything is Illuminated (2005) that provide an understanding of the American Jewish experience throughout the last century.  Analyzing plots and visual symbols from the films, Goldman delivers a captivating narrative of the ways that certain cinematic moments are part and parcel of a long and complex history of Jewish American identity-making.

 

Online ticket sales have closed. Tickets will be be available at the door one hour prior to the start of event. 
Community: $15 • DPJCC Members: $12
(Includes author presentation and book signing • Coffee Cart Available)

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This Season's Previous Events

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Opening Night
Marcia Clark

Killer Ambition
Saturday, October 19 • 8:00 p.m.

As the lead prosecutor in the O.J. Simpson "Trial of the Century" and author of the follow-up bestseller, Without a Doubt, Marcia Clark is uniquely qualified to write a stunning legal thriller.  In her latest novel, Killer Ambition, a daughter of a billionaire Hollywood director is found murdered after what appears to be a kidnapping gone wrong.  What ensues is an electrifying ride through the darker side of Tinseltown and a gripping courtroom drama.  Clark is a commentator who is constantly called upon by major media to discuss hot legal topics and has appeared on Oprah, Larry King Live and Today and is a special correspondent for Entertainment Tonight.  Killer Ambition is book three in her Rachel Knight, L.A. deputy DA, series.

 

Special Guest Michael Putney will lead author Marcia Clark in a stimulating, thought-provoking conversation about her career and her books.  Putney is an Emmy award-winning political and governmental reporter for Miami's ABC affiliate, WPLG-Channel 10, where he also hosts This Week in South Florida.


Community Partners: Nova Southeastern University · Alvin Sherman Library, Research and Information Technology Center & Temple Beth Israelhttps://asoft8219.accrisoft.com/posnackjcc/clientuploads/Adults/Jewish Book Festival Images/Jewish Book Council-2.jpg

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Afternoon Tea And Holiday Boutique
Dara Horn

A Guide for the Perplexed
Monday, October 21 • 2:30 p.m.

At the time Dara Horn was writing A Guide for the Perplexed, it was a work of pure fiction... today, not so much!  Her spellbinding page-turner tells the story of Josie, a brilliant software prodigy who creates Genizah, a combination of cutting-edge social media technology and the likes of Google Glass, that records everything its users do.  When an Egyptian library invites Josie to be a consultant, her jealous sister persuades her to go.  But in Egypt's post-revolutionary chaos, Josie is kidnapped—leaving her sister free to usurp Josie's life, including her husband and daughter.  Horn weaves stories from Genesis, medieval philosophy and the digital frontier, to create this multi-layered thriller.  She is one of Granta's "Best Young American Novelists" and winner of two National Jewish Book Awards.


(Includes author presentation, afternoon tea and book signing)
Community Partners: Florida Broward Region Hadassah

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Truth, Justice And The American Way
Celebrating 75 Years of America's First Superhero
Marc Tyler Nobleman

Boys of Steel: The Creators of Superman
Thursday, October 24 • 7:30 p.m.

Writer Jerry Siegel and artist Joe Shuster were teenagers when they created Superman, the world's first superhero, 75 years ago.  It took 3 1/2 years of rejections before a publisher expressed interest and similarly, author Marc Tyler Nobleman experienced 22 rejections before he found a publisher interested in his book (the first of its kind) about these cultural pioneers.  Nobleman will discuss his book, beginning with its conception, and include the surprising discoveries he made.  With a special focus on the Jewish aspects of the "Man of Steel," Nobleman debunks several Superman myths from the meaning of his Hebrew-sounding Kryptonian name, to the truth about Hitler banning Superman comics.

 

(Includes author presentation and book signing • Coffee Cart Available)
Community Partners: Temple Dor Dorim

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A Dazzling Debut
This evening is presented in loving memory of Rosalind & Eli Schneider.
Helene Wecker

The Golim and the Jinni
Sunday, October 27 • 7:30 p.m.

In her critically-acclaimed debut novel, Helene Wecker takes us on an enchanting journey that is part fantasy and part historical fiction.  The book opens in a European shtetl, where a young man pays an old rabbi to create a bride for him—a female golem who will do his bidding.  En route to America, the young man dies and the golem finds herself in turn-of-the-century New York City and a world she barely understands.  As a golem, she's supposed to fulfill her master's wishes—but without a master, she's directionless.  Across town, a Syrian tinsmith accidentally frees a jinni, hundreds of years old, who is equally unfamiliar with New World customs and uncomfortable with the demands of his new master.  Wecker's story is equal parts folktale, fable and adventure with something to savor on every page.

(Includes author presentation and book signing • Coffee Cart Available)
Community Partners: Temple Solel

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Morning Coffee
Louisa Shafia

The New Persian Kitchen

Jessica Soffer
Tomorrow There Will Be Apricots

Tuesday, October 29 • 10:30 a.m.

In her latest cookbook Chef Louisa Shafia takes her heritage's reverence for fresh fruits and vegetables, draws on traditional Persian ingredients and healthy cooking techniques, and creates a new Persian cuisine that's part contemporary America and part ancient Iran.  The 75 luscious recipes range from starters to sweets and employ simple techniques, making this ancient cuisine accessible to the home cook.  Shafia has cooked for The Colbert Report, Isabella Rossellini, billionaire tech investor Peter Thiel, the Cooking Channel's Taste in Translation series and in fine restaurants in San Francisco and New York.

 

In her timely, compelling debut novel, Jessica Soffer introduces us to Lorca, a troubled teen trying to win the love of her mother, a distracted chef, and 80-year-old Victoria, an Iraqi-Jewish widow with a secret.  Both women have lives built around food: Victoria ran an Upper West Side Iraqi-Jewish restaurant and Lorca wants to cook her mother's ideal meal.  These two strangers meet and come to suspect they may be connected in a more traditional way.  This heart-warming story is one of family, yearning and acceptance.  Soffer's father was an Iraqi-Jewish immigrant, and she knew she always wanted to write about his culture—a culture with little written about it in literature.


(Includes author presentation, light refreshments and book signing)
Community Partners: Temple Beth Emet

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An Evening Of Support And Wellness
Letty Cottin Pogrebin

How to Be a Friend to a Friend Who's Sick
Thursday, November 7 • 7:30 p.m.

Throughout her recent bout with breast cancer, Letty Cottin Pogrebin became fascinated by her friends' and family's reactions to her and her illness – the awkwardness, the misinterpretation of her needs, the obvious discomfort in not knowing what to say.  She began talking to fellow patients and dozens of veterans of serious illness to discover what sick people wished their friends knew about how best to comfort, help and talk to them.  Infused with sensitivity, warmth and humor, this candid guidebook is an invaluable tool to help us be our best self, even in the most uncomfortable situations.  Pogrebin, a founding editor of Ms. magazine, is a writer, lecturer, social justice activist and award-winning author of 10 books.


(Includes author presentation and book signing • Coffee Cart Available)
Community Partners: Debbie's Dream Foundation: Curing Stomach Cancer

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Book And Author Luncheon
Meg Wolitzer

The Interestings
Thursday, November 14 • 11:00 a.m.

From bestselling author Meg Wolitzer comes The Interestings, a masterful, sweeping novel about six teenagers who meet at a summer camp for the arts in 1974 and become lifelong friends.  This coming-of-age novel is set in a changing New York City in the 70s, 80s, 90s and onward.  It follows the lives of these complex and appealing characters from the height of youth through middle age and chronicles the roles that talent, class, money, power and envy can play in close friendships.  Wolitzer is also the author of The 10-Year Nap, The Wife, and The Uncoupling.  The Interestings, her ninth novel and an Amazon Best Book of the Month, is definitely Meg Wolitzer at her literary best.


(Includes author presentation, luncheon and book signing)

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The Art Of Deception Reception
B.A. Shapiro

The Art Forger
Monday, November 18 • 5:30 p.m.

An addictive mystery about fine art and foolish choices, B.A. Shapiro's novel The Art Forger involves the largest unsolved art theft in history.  Twenty-five years after the heist at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, one of the stolen Degas paintings is delivered to the Boston studio of young artist Claire Roth.  Claire has made a bargain with a powerful gallery owner and agreed to forge the Degas in exchange for a one-woman show in his trendy gallery.  But as she begins her work, she starts to suspect that this long-missing masterpiece may itself be a forgery.  Author of six novels and four screenplays, B.A. Shapiro began her writing career when she quit her high-pressure job to spend more time with her family.

 

(Includes author presentation, light refreshments and book signing)
Community Partners: Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale & Nova Southeastern University

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Issues And Answers
Debbie Wasserman Schultz

For the Next Generation: A Wake-Up Call for Solving Our Nation's Problems
Thursday, November 21 • 7:30 p.m.

At an early age Debbie Wasserman Schultz, congresswoman and chairperson of the Democratic National Committee, learned that family and service to others were essential for everyone wanting to lead a life that makes a difference.  In For the Next Generation, her first book, written with Julie M. Fenster, Schultz provides readers with an owner's manual for America's democracy, a how-to-tool kit to move America forward.  She explains the challenges facing America today, how we got here, and how we as a nation can and must move beyond our differences.  This book is not only a call to action, it is also a mother's challenge to her colleagues in Congress to adopt a parent's perspective for doing right by today's children—the next generation.

 

(Includes author presentation and book signing • Coffee Cart Available)
Community Partners: Broward Library Foundation · Daniel Cantor Wultz Foundation · National Council of Jewish Women, 
Hollywood/N. Dade

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For The Love Of The Game
Larry Ruttman

American Jews & America's Game: Voices of a Growing Legacy in Baseball
Tuesday, December 3 • 7:30 p.m.

The Jewish presence in baseball extends far beyond a few famous players such as Greenberg, Rosen, Koufax, Holtzman, Green, Youkilis, and Braun.  In fact, it extends to the baseball commissioner Bud Selig, owners Jerry Reinsdorf and Stuart Sternberg and even famous Jewish baseball fans like Alan Dershowitz and Barney Frank.  For American Jews and America's Game, Larry Ruttman spent more than five years interviewing these and many others, on and off the field, and compiled the life stories from nearly 50 in-depth interviews arranged by decade.  In each, the person talks about growing up Jewish and dealing with Jewish identity, assimilation, intermarriage, future viability, religious observance, anti-Semitism and Israel.  Their stories tell the history of the larger-than-life role of Jews in America's pastime. 

 

(Includes author presentation and book signing • Coffee Cart Available)
Community Partners: Broward Baseball Academy

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Community Read
This evening is presented in loving memory of Isaac Rosen, beloved husband, father and grandfather.
Ronald Balson

Once We Were Brothers
Thursday, December 12 • 7:30 p.m.

In his self-published, runaway sensation, Once We Were Brothers, Chicago lawyer Ronald Balson has written a powerful story of two boys and a family who struggle to stay alive in war-torn Poland and a young love that incredibly survives the unspeakable cruelty of the Holocaust and the emotional scars left behind.  Two lives, two worlds and 60 years converge in an explosive race to redemption—this time in the courtroom—that makes for an enthralling tale of love, survival and the triumph of the human spirit.  Balson was inspired to write this haunting story while on a business trip to Poland.  He formed his own company to publish the book and word of mouth catapulted it into a bestseller. 

(Includes author presentation and book signing · Coffee Cart Available)

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Cupcakes, Cosmos And Couture
Andrea Pomerantz Lustig

How to Look Expensive: A Beauty Editor's Secrets to Getting Gorgeous Without Breaking the Bank

Jane Gershon Weitzman
Art & Sole: A Spectacular Selection of More Than 150 Fantasy Shoes from the Stuart Weitzman Collection

Wednesday, December 18
Mix, Meet & Shop • 7:00 p.m.

Author Presentations • 7:45 p.m.

After 20 years as a beauty editor, Andrea Pomerantz Lustig combined her personal experience with the coveted secrets she learned from the experts to create How to Look Expensive—a must-have beauty encyclopedia for anyone looking to stage her own personal "celebrity makeover."  Pomerantz covers hair, beautiful skin, expensive looking makeup tips, plus personal grooming advice to deliver red carpet looks, without putting readers in the red.  Unlike generic beauty guides, How to Look Expensive gives readers specific product recommendations and actionable tricks to look enviably polished and self-confident on a realistic income. 

Since the boutique opened its doors nearly two decades ago, the windows of Stuart Weitzman's Madison Avenue flagship store have featured dazzling displays of one-of-a-kind art shoes, made of everything from Swarovski crystals to corrugated cardboard, in what was a labor of love by the designer's wife and close collaborator Jane Gershon Weitzman.  Throughout the years Weitzman found and commissioned more than 1,000 unique pieces of fantasy footwear from artists worldwide.  Art & Sole spotlights the very best from the collection and marks the first time these art shoes have ever been published in book form. 

In Jacob's Shoes Mitzvah Project
One child's necessities are another child's
 luxuries...
In 2008 Jacob S. Zweig tragically passed away at age 17.  During his short life Jacob touched and inspired many people.  In Jacob's memory, a foundation called In Jacob's Shoes was established to provide new and gently-worn shoes to disadvantaged youth.  We are asking those attending this program to please bring in pairs of new or gently-worn shoes of any kind.

(Includes author presentation, light refreshments and book signing)
Community Partners: Jewish Federation of Broward County/Women's Philanthropy

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