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December 2020

Leibovitz, Butnick and Oppenheimer

December 12 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Join authors Liel Leibovitz, Stephanie Butnick and Mark Oppenheimer as they present their book The Newish Jewish Encyclopedia: From Abraham to Zabar's and Everything in Between   From the hosts of Tablet magazine’s wildly popular Unorthodox podcast, The New Jewish Encyclopedia is an edifying, entertaining, and thoroughly modern introduction to Judaism. It offers everything: from an illustrated guide to determining different Hasidic sects based on their garb to practical advice for throwing an unconventional Jewish wedding to humorous, accessible explanations of…

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Miriam Udel

December 13 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Join author Miriam Udel as she presents her book Honey on the Page: A Treasure of Yiddish Children’s Literature An unprecedented treasury of Yiddish children’s stories and poems enhanced with original illustrations Honey on the Page lays out a feast of nearly fifty stories and poems for children, translated from the original Yiddish.  Arranged thematically—from school days to the holidays—the book takes readers from Jewish holidays and history to folktales and fables, from stories of humanistic ethics to multi-generational family…

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David Schoenbaum

December 13 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join author David Schoenbaum as he presents his book The Lives of Isaac Stern   A centennial celebration of the career and legacy of the first made-in-America violin virtuoso and one of the twentieth century’s greatest musicians.   David Schoenbaum is the author of seven books, including Hitler’s Social Revolution, The United States and the State of Israel, and The Violin. Formerly a professor of history at the University of Iowa, he has also written for The New York Times, Washington…

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Myla Goldberg

December 14 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Join Author Myla Goldberg as she presents her book Feast Your Eyes: A Novel (Paperback edition) “A daringly inventive parable of female creativity and motherhood” (O, The Oprah Magazine) from Myla Goldberg, the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of Bee Season, about a female photographer grappling with ambition and motherhood—a balancing act familiar to women of every generation. Myla Goldberg is the bestselling author of Feast Your Eyes, The False Friend, Wickett’s Remedy, and Bee Season, which was a New…

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Eshkol Nevo

December 14 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Join author Eshkol Nevo as he presents his book The Last Interview: A Novel   From the internationally best-selling author of Three Floors Up, a literary page-turner that delves into the deepening cracks in a carefully constructed public persona. A writer tries to answer a set of interview questions sent to him by a website editor. At first, they stick to the standard fare: Did you always know you would be a writer? How autobiographical are your books? Have you written…

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David Hopen

December 15 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Join author David Hopen as he presents his book The Orchard   Mesmerizing and playful, heartrending and darkly romantic, The Orchard probes the conflicting forces that determine who we become: the heady relationships of youth, the allure of greatness, the doctrines we inherit, and our concealed desires.   David Hopen is from Hollywood, Florida. He studied at Yale University and earned his master’s degree in Law and Literature from the University of Oxford. The Orchard is his debut novel.   Register for David Hopen…

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Sarah Stein

December 15 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join author Sarah Stein as she presents her book Family Papers: A Sephardic Journey Through the Twentieth Century For centuries, the bustling port city of Salonica was home to the sprawling Levy family. As leading publishers and editors, they helped chronicle modernity as it was experienced by Sephardic Jews across the Ottoman Empire. The wars of the twentieth century, however, redrew the borders around them, in the process transforming the Levys from Ottomans to Greeks. Family members soon moved across boundaries…

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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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Esther Safran Foer

December 17 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Join author Esther Safran Foer  as  she presents her book I Want You To Know We’re Still Here: A Post-Holocaust Memoir   I Want You to Know We’re Still Here is the poignant and deeply moving story not only of Esther’s journey but of four generations living in the shadow of the Holocaust. They are four generations of survivors, storytellers, and memory keepers, determined not just to keep the past alive but to imbue the present with life and more life.…

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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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