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JCC Book Festival
Book Festival Events
The Mandel JCC Book Festival showcases Jewish authors and/or books of Jewish content. In so doing, the Festival promotes awareness, appreciation, and pride in the diversity of the Jewish people; strengthens community consciousness of Jewish identity, history, and culture; and provides a community forum to stimulate dynamic and provocative dialogue.
Book Festival Signature Luncheon
In The Debt of Tamar, Selim Osman meets Hannah, the daughter of a Holocaust survivor and an artist striving to understand a father she barely knows. Unaware the connection they share goes back centuries, the two feel an immediate pull to one another. But as their story intertwines with that of their ancestors, the heroic, but ultimately tragic decision that bound two families centuries ago ripples into the future, threatening to tear Hannah and Selim apart.
Nicole Dweck holds a BA in Journalism and a Master's Degree in Global Affairs from NYU. When the Debt of Tamar, her debut novel, was self- published, it was a USA Today bestseller and received honorable mention in Writer's Digest's Self- Published Book Awards.
>Wednesday, Nov 11, 11:00 AM
Locations: Kravis Center, West Palm Beach
Co-Chairs: Beryl Schneider & Cynthia Liebman
Shulem Deen was raised to believed 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.
Shulem Deen is a former Skverer Hasid, and the founding editor of Unpious. His work has appeared in the The Jewish Daily Forward, Tablet, and Salon.
>Tuesday, January 12; 10:00 AM
Location: Mandel JCC Boynton Beach
Chair: Cathy Einhorn
Boynton Book Festival Luncheon
In Playing with Fire, violinist Julia Ansdell happens upon a curios piece of music the Incendio waltz- and is immensely entranced by its unusual composition. Julia is determined to master the complex work and make its melody heard. Back home in Boston, from the moment Julia's bow moves across the strings, drawing the waltz's fiery notes into the air, something strange is stirred-and Julia's world comes under threat. The music has a terrifying and inexplicable effect on her young daughter, who seems violently transformed. Convinced that the hypnotic strains of Incendio are weaving a malevolent spell, Julia sets out to discover the man and the meaning behind the score.
Internationally bestselling author Tess Gerritsen has written 3 bestsellers in the United States. Her series of novels featuring homicide detective Jane Rizzoli and medical examiner Maura Isles inspired the TNT television series "Rizzoli & Isles" starring Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander.
>Tuesday, Feb 23: 11:00 AM
Location: Indian Spring Country Club
11501 El Clair Ranch Road, Boynton Beach
Chairperson: Claire Sirof
Danny Johnson, a writer who career never materialized, moves with his wife and children to Cascade Falls, a water- filled, golf community in the bone-dry desert outside of Phoenix. Grudgingly going to work for his father Ted, the Elmer Gantry of home development, Danny's quest for stability ultimately comes up short.
Bruce Ferber, before publishing his debut novel Elevating Overman, built a long and successful career as a television comedy writer and producer. A multiple Emmy and Golden Globe nominee, Globes, his credits include "Bosom Buddies," "Growing Pains," "Sabrina, the Teenage Witch," "Coach," and "Home Improvement," where he served as Executive Producer and show runner.
>Tuesday March 22; 10:00 AM
Location: Mandel, JCC Boynton Beach
Chairperson: Cathy Einhorn