2017-18 JCC Book Fest & Author Series

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Event Dates
Sunday and Thursday from Sunday, October 22, 2017 through Sunday, January 14, 2018
Event Location
JCC of Greater Albuquerque
5520 Wyoming Blve NE
Albuquerque, NM
Contact
Ellen Goldstein,
elleng@jccabq.org
505-348-4518

The five authors and books in this year’s series highlight Jewish themes with universal appeal in fiction, memoir, cuisine and history.

LAUREN BELFER, AND AFTER THE FIRE (New York City)

Sun 10/22·3pm Opening Wine and Cheese Reception

This National Jewish Book Award winner returns with a deeply researched, evocative, compelling work of historical fiction which resonates with emotion and immediacy. Interweaving the stories of Susanna and Sara with J.S. Bach’s mysterious choral masterpiece, this family saga traverses history from the eighteenth century through the Holocaust and into today.

TOVA MIRVIS, THE BOOK OF SEPARATION: A Memoir (Newton, MA)

Thurs 10/26· 7pm Coffee/Tea and Sweets What does it mean to heed your inner compass at long last? In The Book of Separation, Tova Mirvis tells the courageous story of leaving her Orthodox faith and her marriage and setting out to navigate the terrifying, liberating terrain of a newly mapless world.

JEREMY DAUBER, JEWISH COMEDY: A SERIOUS HISTORY (New York City)

Sun 10/29·11am Bagels and Lox Brunch

Jeremy Dauber traces the origins of Jewish comedy from biblical times to the age of Twitter. Organizing his book thematically into what he calls the seven strands of Jewish comedy (including the Satirical, the Witty, and the Vulgar), Dauber explores the ways Jewish comedy has dealt with persecution and assimilation through the ages. He explains the rise and fall of popular comic archetypes such as the Jewish mother, the JAP, and the schlemiel. Dauber is a Columbia University professor of Yiddish Language, Literature and Culture.

BRUCE HENDERSON, SONS AND SOLDIERS (Menlo Park, CA)

Sun 11/5·3pm Wine and Cheese

Bruce Henderson is an American journalist and author of more than 20 nonfiction books, including a #1 New York Times bestseller, And the Sea Will Tell, which was made into a highly-rated TV miniseries. Sons and Soldiers is an epic story of heroism, courage and patriotism that tells the little-known saga of The Ritchie Boys, young German Jews who fled Nazi Germany in the 1930’s and returned at enormous personal risk as members of the U.S. Army to play a key role in the Allied victory.

JOAN NATHAN, KING SOLOMON’S TABLE (Washington, DC)

Sun 1/14/18·2pm “NOSH TALK” at 1st ABQ NoshFest at Embassy Suites

Gorgeously illustrated and filled with fascinating historical details, personal histories, and 170 delectable recipes, King Solomon’s Table showcases the dazzling diversity of a culinary tradition more than three thousand years old from Italy to Israel to India and beyond. Six years in the making, this is the crowning achievement of the “Queen of American Jewish Cooking”.

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