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Celebrity Authors in Your Living Room: Annabelle Gurwitch

Annabelle Gurwitch, You're Leaving When? Adventures in Downward Mobility | In Conversation with Dave Barry, NYT Bestselling Author | ZOOM Webinar Author Talk + Q & A

From the New York Times bestselling author of I See You Made an Effort comes a timely and hilarious chronicle of downward mobility, financial and emotional. With signature “sharp wit” (NPR), Annabelle Gurwitch gives irreverent and empathetic voice to a generation hurtling into their next chapter with no safety net and proving that our no-frills new normal doesn’t mean a deficit of humor.

In these essays, Gurwitch embraces homesharing, welcoming a housing-insecure young couple and a bunny rabbit into her home. The mother of a college student in recovery who sheds the gender binary, she relearns to parent, one pronoun at a time. She wades into the dating pool and flunks the magic of tidying up.

You’re Leaving When? is for anybody who thought they had a semblance of security but wound up with a fragile economy and a blankie. Gurwitch offers stories of resilience, adaptability, low-rent redemption, and the kindness of
strangers. Even in a Zoom.

Annabelle Gurwitch is the author of I See You Made an Effort (a New York Times bestseller and Thurber Prize finalist); Wherever You Go, There They Are; You Say Tomato, I Say Shut Up (coauthored with Jeff Kahn); and Fired! (also a Showtime Comedy Special). She's written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, Los Angeles Times, and Los Angeles Magazine, and was a regular contributor to NPR. The longtime cohost of Dinner & a Movie, she performs with the Moth Mainstage and at arts centers around the country. She lives with her child—a college graduate of the COVID class of 2020—a cat, and an assortment of tenants and their comfort animals in Los Angeles.

Presented in partnership with the National JCC Literary Consortium

Upon purchasing your ticket, you will receive a confirmation email from Showclix that will have your Zoom link in it. Additionally, you will receive two reminder emails, 24 hours and again 1 hour before the program. Please search your inbox for those emails from The Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta. If you don’t see the emails, please check your spam/junk folder. Still have questions? Please email book.festival@atlantajcc.org.

All books include shipping to the US and Canada only. Books will be shipped after the event and can take 7 - 10 business days to receive due to Covid-related USPS delays!

Virtual ticket $6, Virtual ticket and book $35

Click here to register

Thu, Mar 11
8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Call For Info
40BKAG01W1


Thu, Mar 11
8:00 PM - 9:00 PM


Call For Info
40BKAG01W1

For information, please email bookfestival@atlantajcc.org

Sunday of Strong Women

Hear the voices of three strong women with unique stories to tell. Audacious and tenacious, three women authors will engage, enlighten and entertain.

One of our most popular events is re-imagined to suit our times. Though we won't be doing this event in person, the heart of this wonderful day will be the same.

This year's authors are: 

Janice Kaplan: The Genius of Women: From Overlooked to Changing the World
Even in this time of rethinking women's roles, we define genius almost exclusively through male achievement. New York Times best­selling jour­nal­ist, Kaplan will discuss the pow­er­ful forces that have rigged the sys­tem, and cel­e­brate the women genius­es past and present who have tri­umphed any­way.  

Rachel Beanland: Florence Adler Swims Forever 
Based on a true story from Rachel Beanland’s family, this debut novel begins with a shocking tragedy, and tells the story of how three generations of the Adler family grapple with heartbreak, romance, and the weight of family secrets.

Eilene Zimmerman: Smacked: A Story of White-Collar Ambition, Addiction, and Tragedy
After finding her ex-husband dead, Zimmerman learned that he, a senior partner at a prominent law firm, was a drug addict. She realized that while he was alive, she lacked the confidence to question him and push back. Finding her voice, she tells the story of how competition and ambition can drive addiction and unhappiness. 

Ticket includes a treatbox* of homemade baked goods which will be delivered to your home** to enjoy during the program.
*treatbox is not certified Kosher
**treatbox only available to homes within the delivery zone. Call 201.408.1456 for further info. 

Event sponsors: Kim and Marc Harrison, Lisa Beth and Greg Meisel, Ilisa and David Lansey

Supported in part by the James H. Grossmann Memorial Jewish Book Endowment Fund

Registration deadline is Monday, March 15. 

Sun, Mar 21
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Register
$25.00 Member
$30.00 Public
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Sun, Mar 21
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM


Register
$25.00 Member
$30.00 Public
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For information, please email kgraff@jccotp.org

Celebrity Authors in Your Living Room: Lisa Scottoline

Lisa Scottoline, Eternal: A Novel | ZOOM Webinar Author Talk + Q & A

Eternal is the culmination of a lifetime of work: a sweeping historical epic fueled by devastating true events. Named for Rome, the Eternal City, this moving novel lifted from the pages of history is the book that Scottoline was born to write. It will be forever etched in the hearts and minds of readers, as will the powerful truth it asserts—what war destroys, only love can heal.

Set in Rome during the ventennio, the twenty years of Mussolini’s rise and fall, Eternal centers on Elisabetta, Marco, and Sandro, who grew up as the best of friends despite their differences. Elisabetta is a feisty beauty who dreams of becoming a novelist; Marco, a brash and athletic son in a family of professional cyclists; and Sandro, a Jewish mathematics prodigy, kindhearted and thoughtful, the son of a lawyer and a doctor. Their friendship blossoms to love, with both Sandro and Marco hoping to win Elisabetta's heart.

Now, their relationships are changing—as is the world around them. In the autumn of 1937, Mussolini asserts his power, aligning Italy's Fascists with Hitler's Nazis and changing the very laws that govern Rome. The Nazis invade and occupy Rome, perpetrating new atrocities against the city's Jews, culminating in a final, horrific betrayal. Against this backdrop, the intertwined fates of Elisabetta, Marco, Sandro, and their families will be decided. Unfolding over decades, Eternal is a saga of loyalty and loss, family and food, love and hate—all set in one of the world's most beautiful cities at its darkest moment.  

Lisa Scottoline is the #1 bestselling and Edgar Award–winning author of thirty-three novels. She has over thirty million copies of her books in print in the United States and has been published in thirty-five countries. Scottoline also writes a weekly column with her daughter, Francesca Serritella, for the Philadelphia Inquirer, which have been adapted into a series of memoirs. She has served as President of the Mystery Writers of America and has taught a course she developed, “Justice in Fiction,” at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, her alma mater. She lives in the Philadelphia area. Visit her at: www.scottoline.com

Presented in partnership with the National JCC Literary Consortium

Upon purchasing your ticket, you will receive a confirmation email from Showclix that will have your Zoom link in it. Additionally, you will receive two reminder emails, 24 hours and again 1 hour before the program. Please search your inbox for those emails from The Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta. If you don’t see the emails, please check your spam/junk folder. Still have questions? Please email book.festival@atlantajcc.org.

All books include shipping to the US and Canada only. Books will be shipped after the event and can take 7 - 10 business days to receive due to Covid-related USPS delays!

Virtual Ticket $6, Virtual ticket and book $36

Click here to register

Sun, Mar 21
8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Call For Info
40BKLS01W1


Sun, Mar 21
8:00 PM - 9:00 PM


Call For Info
40BKLS01W1

For information, please email bookfestival@atlantajcc.org

Celebrity Authors in Your Living Room: Tim Shriver

The Call to Unite | In Conversation with Dr. Deepak Chopra, NYT Bestselling Author; Founder, The Chopra Foundation and Chopra Global | Zoom Author Talk & Q & A

At the beginning of last year, the world began facing a public health crisis, the scope of which not seen in a century. As COVID-19 rapidly reached every corner of the globe, chaos and fear spread with it. Yet, as the crisis continued, billions of people also decided to respond with love, care, and compassion. Even though we were separated physically, people were connecting and reaching out more than ever.

Tim Shriver saw this as an opportunity for people to come together and organized the Call to Unite event in May, which featured nearly 300 participants, raised more than $85 million dollars towards relief, and reached tens of millions of viewers in all fifty states.

The Call to Unite: Voice of Hope and Awakening captures the spirit and goal of that event and features words of hope, wisdom, and inspiration from all walks of life: doctors, nurses, activists, religious leaders, former presidents, and artists. There are over one hundred contributors, including: bestselling authors Elizabeth Gilbert and TD Jakes, Arianna Huffington, Krista Tippett, Chef José Andrés, Van Jones, Deepak Chopra, Amy Grant, and more

With poems, essays, prayers, and insightful conversations, The Call to Unite offers solace and guidance not only to help us get through a crisis, but help us get through it together, happier, stronger, and more hopeful.

Tim Shriver is the founder of UNITE, the long-time Chair of Special Olympics, a bestselling author, a former teacher, a founding force of the social and emotional learning movement, a film producer, a husband, father, and grandfather, and a seeker of unity in society and in himself.

Deepak Chopra MD, FACP, is a world-renowned pioneer in integrative medicine and personal transformation.  Chopra is a Clinical Professor of Family Medicine and Public Health at the University of California, San Diego. TIME magazine has described Dr. Chopra as “one of the top 100 heroes and icons of the century.”

Presented in partnership with the National JCC Literary Consortium
 
Upon purchasing your ticket, you will receive a confirmation email from Showclix that will have your Zoom link in it. Additionally, you will receive two reminder emails, 24 hours and again 1 hour before the program. Please search your inbox for those emails from The Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta. If you don’t see the emails, please check your spam/junk folder. Still have questions? Please email book.festival@atlantajcc.org.

A book purchase is required to access the Zoom stream. Books include signed bookplate! A Cappella Books is the official bookseller of the National JCC Literary Consortium. All books include shipping to the US and Canada only. Books will be shipped after the event and can take 7 - 10 business days to receive due to Covid-related USPS delays!

Virtual ticket and book $32

Click here to register. 

Mon, Mar 22
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Call For Info
40BKTS01W1


Mon, Mar 22
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM


Call For Info
40BKTS01W1

For information, please email book.festival@atlantajcc.org

Celebrity Authors in Your Living Room: Sue Monk Kidd

Sue Monk Kidd, The Book of Longings | NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER! | In Conversation with Greg Changnon, Former Book Club Columnist, Atlanta Journal Constitution, and Playwright | Zoom Author Talk & Q&A

Sue Monk Kidd, celebrated novelist and #1 New York Times bestselling author, has written that “the aim of the novelist is not only to hold up a mirror to the world, but to imagine what’s possible.” Now available in paperback, The Book of Longings, Kidd employs her extraordinary storytelling gifts and takes an audacious approach to history in giving voice and life to Ana, the wife of Jesus.

We first encounter Ana at age fourteen; raised in a wealthy family, she is rebellious and ambitious with a brilliant, curious mind and a daring spirit. Longing for the freedom to bring forth what she calls the “largeness” in herself, she defies the expectations placed on women in 1st century Galilee and engages in secret scholarly pursuits and writes narratives about neglected and silenced women. When she meets eighteen-year-old Jesus, he awakens her heart, and each is drawn to and enriched by the other’s spiritual and philosophical ideas. Their marriage unfolds with uncommon love, ordinary tensions, humor and pathos in Nazareth where they live for nearly a decade until Ana’s life becomes imperiled and she finds it necessary to seek refuge in Egypt shortly before Jesus’ public ministry begins. While there, she is introduced to an order of Jewish contemplative philosophers, the Therapeutae, where she will eventually find a sense of belonging and a way to express her full self.
 
How would the world be different if Jesus had had a wife who had been part of the story? Would western culture and Christianity have evolved somewhat differently? Would women and their stories have found more inclusion and equality? The Book of Longings invites readers to contemplate these questions, and reconsider the story we thought we always knew.
 
Presented in partnership with the National JCC Literary Consortium

Book purchases include signed bookplate! A Cappella Books is the official bookseller of the National JCC Literary Consortium. All books include shipping to the US and Canada only. Books will be shipped after the event and can take 7 - 10 business days to receive due to Covid-related USPS delays!

Upon purchasing your ticket, you will receive a confirmation email from Showclix that will have your Zoom link in it. Additionally, you will receive two reminder emails, 24 hours and again 1 hour before the program. Please search your inbox for those emails from The Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta. If you don’t see the emails, please check your spam/junk folder. Still have questions? Please email book.festival@atlantajcc.org.

Virtual ticket $11, virtual ticket plus paperback copy of book $25

Click here to register

Thu, Mar 25
8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Call For Info
40BKSK01W1


Thu, Mar 25
8:00 PM - 9:00 PM


Call For Info
40BKSK01W1

For information, please email book.festival@atlantajcc.org

Celebrity Authors in Your Living Room: Brooke Baldwin

CNN Anchor Brooke Baldwin, Huddle: How Women Unlock Their Collective Power | In Conversation with CNN's Holly Firfer| Zoom Author Talk & Q & A

After more than 20 years in a male-dominated industry, often reporting on the world’s most powerful men, veteran journalist and CNN anchor Brooke Baldwin spent two days back-to-back covering the 2017 presidential inauguration and the historic Women’s March in D.C. The experience changed her perspective and led to the question: what happens when women huddle? Baldwin wanted to learn from women who were forming change movements, or who were supporting each other in the workplace whether it be the courthouse, a Hollywood writer’s room, or on the sports field. But most of all, she wanted to learn what happens when women harness each others’ power by gathering together—either in person or virtually—to huddle.

Baldwin’s new book, Huddle: How Women Unlock Their Collective Power  is a blend of journalism and personal narrative examining how women have come together in a wide variety of times and places, to provide each other with support, empowerment, inspiration, and the strength to solve problems or enact meaningful change. 

Fascinated by this huddle phenomenon, Baldwin used her journalistic curiosity to explore:
-The benefits of all-girls learning environments, such as Karlie Kloss’s Kode with Klossy and Reese Witherspoon’s Filmmaker Lab for Girls in which young women are given the freedom to make mistakes, and find their confidence.
-The wisdom from trusted pioneers such as Gloria Steinem, Billie Jean King, and Madeleine Albright as well as contemporary trailblazers like Stacey Abrams and Ava DuVernay.
-The ways huddles of women can make seismic change, including the huddle of Indigenous women saving the planet, the women who founded Black Lives Matter, the mothers fighting for sensible gun laws, America’s favorite female athletes (Megan Rapinoe, Hilary Knight, and Sue Bird to name a few) agitating for equal pay, and female teachers rallying to improve working conditions for all educators.
-How women are choosing to become more intentional about the life-saving power of friendship, including the bonds between military wives, new moms, and nurses getting through the time of COVID-19.

Along the way, readers learn about Baldwin’s personal journey of growing up in the South during a time of relative “huddle drought” and climbing the ladder of the male-dominated television news industry. 
 
Presented in partnership with the National JCC Literary Consortium

Upon purchasing your ticket, you will receive a confirmation email from Showclix that will have your Zoom link in it. Additionally, you will receive two reminder emails, 24 hours and again 1 hour before the program. Please search your inbox for those emails from The Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta. If you don’t see the emails, please check your spam/junk folder. Still have questions? Please email book.festival@atlantajcc.org

Book purchases include signed bookplate! A Cappella Books is the official bookseller of the National JCC Literary Consortium. All books include shipping to the US and Canada only. Books will be shipped after the event and can take 7 - 10 business days to receive due to Covid-related USPS delays!

Virtual ticket FREE, Book and free ticket $36

Click here to register

Wed, Apr 7
8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Call For Info
40BKBB01W1


Wed, Apr 7
8:00 PM - 9:00 PM


Call For Info
40BKBB01W1

For information, please email book.festival@atlantajcc.org.

Celebrity Authors in Your Living Room: Tovah Feldshuh

A Very Special Evening with Tovah Feldshuh,  Lilyville: A Memoir | In Conversation with Holly Firfer, CNN Correspondent | Zoom Author Talk & Q & A

Iconic Broadway performer and four-time Tony, two-time Emmy nominee Tovah Feldshuh presents Lilyville, a heartwarming and hilarious memoir exploring the mother-daughter relationship that challenged shifting socio-cultural expectations of women and shaped a magnificent career.

Calling Tovah a master performer would be akin to dismissing a tornado as a stiff breeze. Her first major role in Yentl earned her multiple awards and a Tony nomination, paving the way for a robust theater career and acclaimed television performances in Holocaust, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, and The Walking Dead. Yet, perhaps Tovah’s most influential, challenging, and, eventually, fulfilling role was one she never auditioned for: Lily Feldshuh’s daughter.

In her own way, Lily was a force of nature too. As the epitome of a 1950s housewife—impeccably dressed, a master of etiquette, and completely devoted to her husband—she expected perfection from her only daughter and often believed that as a mother, it was her duty to point out Tovah’s every mistake. Tovah, headstrong and free-spirited, found herself constantly torn between living a life on her own terms and a desperate need to gain her mother’s approval. Despite all of Tovah’s success on-stage and on the screen, it ultimately would take the birth of her own children and the death of her beloved father to truly bring the two women together.

In Lilyville: Mother, Daughter, and Other Roles I’ve Played, Tovah Feldshuh reflects on her extraordinary life in the best way she knows how: as a play. Tovah immerses readers in a journey through the acts and scenes of her personal and professional life, from her tomboy childhood in the refined community of Scarsdale, New York, to becoming Broadway royalty alongside Christopher Plummer and Barbra Streisand—all held together by the twisting thread of her often-complicated relationship with Lily.

Presented in partnership with the National JCC Literary Consortium

Books include signed bookplate! A Cappella Books is the official bookseller of the National JCC Literary Consortium. Book purchases include shipping to the US and Canada only. Books will be shipped after the event and can take 7 - 10 business days to receive due to Covid-related USPS delays!

Upon purchasing your ticket, you will receive a confirmation email from Showclix that will have your Zoom link in it. Additionally, you will receive two reminder emails, 24 hours and again 1 hour before the program. Please search your inbox for those emails from The Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta. If you don’t see the emails, please check your spam/junk folder. Still have questions? Please email book.festival@atlantajcc.org.

Book and virtual ticket $36

Click here to register. 

Thu, Apr 15
8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Call For Info
40BKTF01W1


Thu, Apr 15
8:00 PM - 9:00 PM


Call For Info
40BKTF01W1

For information, please email bookfestival@atlantajcc.org