Diane & Barry Wilen Jewish Book Festival

Our 2016-2017 Diane & Barry Wilen jewish book festival is here!

We are excited to present the 29th year of the Diane & Barry Wilen Jewish Book Festival! This year, we are bringing authors to the J from all over the country for your enjoyment. Reserve your seat today! Become a Patron of the Arts to receive special discounts & perks for all of the incredible parts of our 2016-2017 Cultural Arts season!


Brad Meltzer
Keynote Author Event
Thursday, December 8, 2016 • 7:30 p.m.

Brad MeltzerFor his latest thriller, The House of Secrets, New York Times bestselling author Brad Meltzer joins forces with award-winning author Tod Goldberg to launch a new series. Featuring a fantastic female protagonist, Hazel Nash, the story has all the hallmarks from both authors — a quick-moving plot, compelling historical mysteries and fascinating, complex characters.  

Hazel Nash’s father is the host of America’s favorite conspiracy TV show. When he is murdered, Hazel has to solve the crime. She quickly realizes that all the secret stories her father told her as a child were real.  The novel is full of secret history and the coolest story ever about George Washington and Benedict Arnold.

Cost: DPJCC Members - $15 • Community - $18

Please Note: Online sales for Brad Meltzer have closed. Tickets will still be available at the door or by calling 954.434.0499, ext. 336.

Robert P. Watson
Thursday, January 19, 2017 • 7:30 p.m.

The Nazi Titanic by Robert P. WatsonIt was one of the world’s worst maritime disasters, claiming more than three times as many lives as the Titanic catastrophe.  But the story of the sinking of the Cap Arcona has practically been lost from history. From 1927 and for years thereafter, the German luxury liner, sailed with over 1,300 affluent travelers per voyage. With the advent of World War II, the Cap Arcona was converted into a floating Nazi barracks then transformed again into a floating concentration camp. In 1945 The Royal Air Force performed a general air strike off Germany’s coast, attacking ships believed carrying SS leadership. The strike sunk several ships including the Cap Arcona, which was carrying close to 4,500 concentration camp prisoners. Only 350 survived. 

In The Nazi Titanic, Robert P. Watson, a prominent historian, political commentator and author of 36 books, gives this tragic episode in Holocaust history the attention it has always deserved. 

Cost: DPJCC Members - $12 • Community - $15

Betsy Lerner
Tuesday, January 24, 2017 • 7:00 p.m.

The Bridge Ladies by Betsy LernerFor over 50 years, these five octogenarians gathered for lunch and bridge every Monday. As a child, Betsy Lerner was fascinated by their outfits, hairdos and accessories.  When circumstances take Lerner back to her hometown, she hopes to lessen the rift between her and her mother. She decides to learn bridge and get to know the ladies better—all women who came of age in the 1940s and ‘50s.  The Bridge Ladies is ultimately a heartwarming, funny memoir about the generational divide and “bridging” the gaps.  Betsy Lerner is an award-winning writer, poet, literary agent and blogger.

Cost: DPJCC Members - $12 • Community - $15

Note: This event takes place at the Stirling Road Library
3151 Stirling Road • Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312

Community Partner: The Friends of the Stirling Road Librar