Diane & Barry Wilen Jewish Book Festival


We have an amazing season in store for you. 

Save the dates to meet with and talk to these amazing authors.

Read more about our upcoming 2015-2016 season & purchase your tickets below.





What Are You Reading Now?
with Author Sue Monk Kidd


Thursday, October 29 • 7:30 p.m.
VIP Meet & Greet • 6:30 p.m.

Author of The Secret Life of BeesJoin us as we hear from author Sue Monk Kidd on 
The Invention of Wings, a powerful and sweeping historical novel, which begins,
fittingly, with an image of flight:Hetty "Handful," who has grown up as a slave in
early nineteenth century Charleston, recalls the night her 
mother told her that her
ancestors in Africa could fly over trees and clouds. That day, Handful's mother,
Charlotte, gave her daughter the gift of hopethe possibility that someday she
might regain her wings and fly to freedom. Throughout Kidd's exquisitely written
story, Handful struggles, sometimes with quiet dissidence, 
sometimes with open
rebellion, to cultivate a belief in the invincibility of her spirit and in the sacred
truth that 
one does not need actual wings in order to rise.

General Admission
Tickets: $25
(Includes author presentation, book signing after presentation & dessert)

VIP Admission
Tickets: $36
(Includes author presentation, meet & greet with book signing before presentation & dessert)


*ADVANCED TICKETING ONLY - there will be no ticket sales at the door.




Opening Night with Author Andy Cohen


Saturday, November 7 • 8:30 p.m.
VIP Meet & Greet • 7:00 p.m.

Talk Show Host of Bravo's "Watch What Happens Live" and author of The Andy Cohen
- A Deep Look 
At A Shallow Year. As a TV Producer and host of the smash
late night show, "Watch What Happens Live," 
Andy Cohen has a front row seat to an
exciting world not many get to see. In this dishy, detailed diary of 
one year in his
life, Andy goes out on the town, drops names, hosts a ton of shows, becomes
with Real Housewives, makes trouble, calls his mom, drops some more
names, and, while searching for love, 
finds it with a dog. Throughout, Andy tells us
not only what goes down, but exactly what he thinks about it 
in this honest,
irreverent, and laugh-out-loud funny book, a one-of-a-kind account of the whos
and whats 
of pop culture in the 21st Century.

General Admission - still available!
DPJCC Members $35 • Community $40
(Includes signed book & author presentation)



VIP Admission

DPJCC Members $70 • Community $75
(Includes book, one (1) drink, meet & greet and advanced book signing
& author presentation)


Sponsored by:

*ADVANCED TICKETING ONLY - there will be no ticket sales at the door.



Keynote Speaker: Author Dave Barry


Thursday, November 12 • 7:30 p.m.
VIP Meet & Greet • 6:30 p.m.

Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Live Right and Find Happiness (Although Beer is
Faster: Life Lessons and
Ravings. In brilliant, brand-new, never-before-
published-pieces, Dave passes on home truths to his new grandson and to his
daughter Sophie, who will be getting her learner's permit in 2015 ("So 
about to start driving! How exciting! I'm going to kill myself").
He explores the 
hometown of his youth, where the grown-ups were supposed
to be uptight fifties conformists, 
but seemed to have a lot of un-Mad Men-like
fun, unlike Dave's own Baby Boomer 
generation, which was supposed to be
wild and crazy, but somehow turned into neurotic 
hover-parents. He dives into
everything from the inanity of cable news and the benefits of 
Google Glass,
to the loneliness of high school nerds ("You will never hear a high school girl 
say about a boy, in a dreamy voice, 'He's so sarcastic!'"), from the perils of
home repair to 
firsthand accounts of the soccer craziness of Brazil and a lot
more besides. By the end, if you 
do not feel wiser, richer in knowledge,
more attuned to the universe ... we wouldn't be at all 
But you'll have had a lot to laugh about!

General Admission
DPJCC Members $18 • Community $22
(Includes author presentation, lite snack & book signing)

VIP Admission
DPJCC Members $30 • Community $34
(Includes author presentation, meet & greet and book signing prior to presentation, 
& light snack)

Sponsored by:



Author: Shulem Deen


Thursday, November 19 • 7:30 p.m.

Shulem Deen was raised to believe that questions are dangerous. As a member of
the Skverers, one of the most insular Hasidic sects in the US, he knows little
about the outside world--only that it is to be shunned. His marriage at eighteen
is arranged and several children soon follow. Deen's first transgression--turning
on the radio--is small, but his curiosity leads him to the library, and later the
internet. Soon he begins a feverish inquiry into the tenets of his religious beliefs,
until several years later, his faith unravels entirely. Now a heretic, he fears being
discovered and ostracized from the only world he knows. His relationship with his 
family at stake, he is forced into a life of deception, and begins a long struggle to
hold on to those he loves most: his five children. In All Who Go Do Not Return, 
Deen bravely traces his harrowing loss of faith, while offering an illuminating look
at a highly secretive world.

General Admission
DPJCC Members $10 • Community $12

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Community Read with Jim Shepard

Thursday, December 3 • 7:30 p.m.

Jim Shepard is the author of six novels, including most recently Project X, and four
story collections, including most recently the forthcoming You'd Think That's Bad.
His third collection, Like You'd Understand, Anyway, was a finalist for the National
Book Award and won The Story Prize. His short fiction has appeared in, among
other magazines Harper's, McSweeney's, The Paris Review, The Atlantic Monthly, 
Esquire, DoubleTake, the New Yorker, Granta, Zoetrope:All-Story, and he was a
columnist on film for the magazine The Believer. Four of is stories have been
chosen for the Best American Short Stories, and one for a Pushcart Prize. He
teaches at Williams College and in the Warren Wilson MFA program, and lives in
Williamstown with his wife Karen, his three children and two beagles.

General Admission
DPJCC Members $10 • Community $12

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Conversation with Barney Frank

Thursday, January 7 • 7:30 p.m.
VIP Meet & Greet • 6:00 p.m.

How did a disheveled, intellectually combative gay Jew with a thick accent become
one of the most effective (and funniest) politicians of our time? In this feisty and
often moving memoir, Frank candidly discusses the satisfactions, fears, and
grudges that come with elected office. He recalls the emotional toll of living in the
closet and how his public crusade against homophobia conflicted with his private
accommodation of it. He discusses his painful quarrels with allies; his friendships
with public figures, from Tip O'Neill to Sonny Bono; and how he found love with
his husband, Jim Ready, becoming the first sitting member of Congress to enter
a same-sex marriage. He also demonstrates how he used his rhetorical skills to
expose his opponents' hypocrisies and delusions. Through it all, he expertly
analyzes the gifts a successful politician must bring to the job, and how even
Congress can be made to work. Frank is the story of an extraordinary political
life, an original argument for how to rebuild trust in government, and a guide to
how political change really happens--composed by a master of the art.

General Admission
DPJCC Members $18 • Community $22

VIP Admission
DPJCC Members $50 • Community $55

(Includes meet & greet + book signing at private home prior to presentation,
& author presentation)




Author: Thane Rosenbaum

Thursday, January 14 • 7:30 p.m.

Set in Miami Beach, Florida in 1972, the novel follows the Posner family--two
Holocaust survivors, Sophie and Jacob, and their son, Adam--doing everything
they can to avoid one another in a city with an infinite supply of colorful
diversions. In this year, Miami Beach was the site of both the Republican and
Democratic political conventions, and saw the rise of the counterculture,
the Cold War, and the desegregation of the old South. The novel is enriched
by the presence of historical characters such as Jackie Gleason, Frank Sinatra,
Muhammad Ali, I. B. Singer, Meyer Lansky and comical crew of fading
gangsters. There is even a sighting of Fidel Castro. For these two Holocaust
survivors and their son, Miami Beach was to be their salvation.
Where better to blend in, regain one's sanity, and live their lives?
Instead what they discover is that Miami Beach is not a place of
camouflage--all that sunshine highlighted the very things they wished to
forget, and the abundant sun turned their lives into a Disney World of
funhouse mirrors and chaotic rides, giving them a front row seat through a
transformational year in American culture, politics and world history.

General Admission
DPJCC Members $10 • Community $12

(Includes author presentation & book signing)