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PALM BEACH GARDENS (August 14, 2013) – During the past 19 years, the JCC of the Greater Palm Beaches has become recognized for creating one of the area’s most prominent cultural events: its Annual Book Festival, which hosts stimulating, heart-warming and entertaining authors at venues ranging from the elegant Kravis Center to gorgeous private homes. Last year, the 18th Annual Book Festival welcomed thousands with a passion for learning through impactful storytelling, two cornerstones of Jewish culture. This year’s festival, co-chaired by Phyllis Hoffman and N. Deborah Stapler, is destined to be one of the best yet.

“We have a spectacular lineup of celebrated authors for the 2013-2014 JCC Book Festival that we are confident the community will enjoy,” commented N. Deborah Stapler, co-chair of the Book Festival Committee.

The 19th Annual Book Festival, which runs from October 2013 to March 2014, will include 16 author events on a broad range of topics from love, health and sisterhood to comedy and more. 

The Festival kicks off with an expansive Breast Cancer Awareness event on Monday, Oct. 14, 2013 at 7 p.m. at the Mandel JCC. The event features author Letty Cottin Pogrebin, who wrote How to be a Friend to a Friend Who’s Sick and co-founded Ms. Magazine with Gloria Steinem.  The author penned the book after she noticed during her recent bout with breast cancer that many of her closest friends and family didn’t know what to say; so she spoke to fellow patients and dozens who have battled serious illness to learn what sick people  wished those closest could say or do to best comfort them. The event is being held during Breast Cancer Awareness Month in partnership with Jupiter Medical Center, and will also feature an impressive medical panel to discuss subjects from genetic testing for the BRCA mutations to reconstructive surgery.

The festival also features the Signature Book Luncheon, this year with Leslie Maitland, author and former award-winning investigative reporter for the New York Times, on Wednesday, November 20, 2013 at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts.  The co-chairs of the 2013 Book Luncheon are Edie Broida and Carol Pressler. The Honorary Chair for the Book Luncheon is Zelda Mason. 

For more information about Mandel JCC book festival, including the signature book luncheon, please contact Lisa Blumberg at [email protected] Register for the events online at, and read the books before you hear the author. Featured books are available for purchase at JCConline/books. Buy the book now, and have it signed at the event.


Breast Cancer Awareness Author Event
Monday, October 14, 2013; 7 pm
Mandel JCC, Palm Beach Gardens
Guest Author: Letty Cottin Pogrebin
How to Be a Friend to a Friend Who’s Sick 

Inside the Food Network
Sunday, November 3, 2013; 4 pm
Mandel JCC, Palm Beach Gardens
Guest Author: Allen Salkind
From Scratch: Inside the Tumultuous Billion-Dollar World of the Food Network

Book Fair
November 4 to 15, 2013; 9:00 am – 4:30 pm daily
Mandel JCC, Palm Beach Gardens
Get a jump start on your Hanukkah shopping with the latest Jewish-themed literary offerings. Browse more than 300 titles, for every interest and age.

Book Festival Luncheon
Wednesday, November 20, 2013; 11 am
Kravis Center for the Performing Arts
Guest Author: Leslie Maitland
Crossing the Borders of Time: A True Story of War, Exile, and Love Reclaimed

Celebrating Sisterhood: Community Author Brunch
Monday, December 9, 2013; 10 am
Temple Emanu-El, Palm Beach
Guest Author: Lynn Povich
The Good Girls Revolt: How the Women of Newsweek Sued Their Bosses and Changed the Workplace

Tuesday, December 25, 2013; 6:30 pm
Mandel JCC, Palm Beach Gardens
Guest Author: Marion Grodin,
Standing Up: A Memoir of a Funny Life

Listen to some of today’s top Jewish writers in the intimate setting of a beautiful local home, as well as at our new home, the Mandel JCC.

The Columbus Affair by Dara Horn
Monday, January 13, 2014; 2:30 pm
Margot by Jillian Cantor
Wednesday, February 5, 2014; 2:30 pm

Joe Jo by Sally Weiner Grotta
Wednesday, March 5, 2014; 2:30 pm

The Wanting by Michael Lavigne
Wednesday, April 9, 2014; 2:30 pm

Historical Author Event, Sponsored by US Bank
Thursday, February 20, 2014; 5:30 pm
Mandel JCC, Palm Beach Gardens
Guest Author: Scott Berg; Wilson

JCC at the Norton
Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014; 11:30 am
Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach
Guest Author: B.A. Shapiro; The Art Forger

Bagel Breakfast Author Event
Sunday, March 2, 2014; 10:00 am
Mandel JCC, Palm Beach Gardens
Guest Author: Mark Federman, Russ & Daughters

Business Author Event
Mandel JCC, Palm Beach Gardens
Guest Author: Mort Mandel; It’s All About the Who

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