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December 2020

Raffi Berg

December 4 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Join author Raffi Berg as he presents his book Red Sea Spies: True Story of the Mossad's Fake Diving Resort Detroit Jewish Book Fair Partnership Event Presented by the Detroit Jewish Book Fair In the early 1980s on a remote part of the Sudanese coast, a new luxury holiday resort opened for business. Catering for divers, it attracted guests from around the world. Little did the holidaymakers know that the staff were undercover spies, working for the Mossad – the…

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Jonathan Kaufman

December 4 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Join author Jonathan Kaufman as he presents his book The Last King of Shanghai: The Rival Jewish Dynasties That Helped Create Modern China Detroit Jewish Book Fair Partnership Event Presented by the Detroit Jewish Book Fair By the 1930's, the Sassoons had been doing business in China for a century, rivaled in wealth and influence by only one other dynasty--the Kadoories. These two Jewish families, both originally from Baghdad, stood astride Chinese business and politics for more than one hundred seventy-five…

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Jill Wine-Banks

December 6 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join Jill Wine-Banks as she presents her book The Watergate Girl: My Fight for Truth and Justice Against a Criminal President Detroit Jewish Book Fair Partnership Event Presented by the Detroit Jewish Book Fair Obstruction of justice, the specter of impeachment, sexism at work, shocking revelations: Jill Wine-Banks takes us inside her trial by fire as a Watergate prosecutor. It was a time, much like today, when Americans feared for the future of their democracy, and women stood up for equal…

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Maurice Samuels

December 9 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Join author Maurice Samuels as he presents his book The Betrayal of the Duchess: The Scandal That Unmade the Bourbon Monarchy and Made France Modern   "In July 1830, a revolution ousted the Bourbon monarchy from France. The royal family was in exile. From a drafty Scottish castle, the Duchess of Berry hatched a plot to restore the dynasty and, after two years of careful planning, she launched a civil war to reclaim the throne for her eleven-year-old son. She instantly…

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Andrei Markovits and Kenneth Garner (Local Authors Night)

December 10 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

LOCAL AUTHORS Please join authors Andrei Markovits and Kenneth Garner as they present their book The Boundaries of Pluralism: The World of the University of Michigan's Jewish Students from 1897 - 1945    The book depicts in great detail what student life was like at the University of Michigan in the first four decades of the 20th century. It describes how Jewish students lived at the University of Michigan, how they were integrated by and large, how they made this a…

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Steven Levy (Sponsor Night)

December 16 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

SPONSOR NIGHT Join author Steven Levy as he presents his book Facebook: The Inside Story   The definitive history, packed with untold stories, of one of America’s most controversial and powerful companies: Facebook As a college sophomore, Mark Zuckerberg created a simple website to serve as a campus social network.   Today, Facebook is nearly unrecognizable from its first, modest iteration. In light of recent controversies surrounding election-influencing “fake news” accounts, the handling of its users’ personal data, and growing…

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Jonathan Sarna

December 17 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Join author Jonathan Sarna as he presents his book Cosella Wayne: Or, Will and Destiny   Published serially in the spiritualist journal Banner of Light in 1860, Cosella Wayne: Or, Will and Destiny is the first coming-of-age novel, written and published in English by an American Jewish woman, to depict Jews in the United States and transforms what we know about the history of early American Jewish literature. The novel never appeared in book form, went unmentioned in Jewish newspapers of…

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Andrew Blauner

December 21 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join author Andrew Blauner as he presents his book The Peanut Papers: Writers and Cartoonists on Charlie Brown, Snoopy & the Gang, and the Meaning of Life   Over the span of fifty years, Charles M. Schulz created a comic strip that is one of the indisputable glories of American popular culture--hilarious, poignant, inimitable. Some twenty years after the last strip appeared, the characters Schulz brought to life in Peanuts continue to resonate with millions of fans, their beguiling four-panel adventures and television…

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