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Book Festival

The Alper JCC Presents The 39th Annual Berrin Family Jewish Book Festival & Women's Day Luncheon

September 10, 2019 – August 30, 2020

Purchase Book Festival event tickets at the links below or contact Marcy at 305.271.9000 x269 or mlevitt@alperjcc.org.

Click here for the 2019 Book Festival brochure 

 
 

Tuesday, July 7th • 8:00pm

ALPER JCC BOOK FEST IN YOUR LIVING ROOM PRESENTS
ZOOM Author Talk + Q & A
An Evening with LISA TADDEO and CHELSEA HANDLER
New York Times Bestselling Authors of Three Women and Life Will Be the Death of Me…and you too
 
In Partnership with the JCCs of Atlanta, Boulder, Dallas, Ft. Lauderdale, Indianapolis, Miami, and St. Louis 
 
Tickets: Free with pre-registration
 
Join us for an evening of intimate and fascinating conversation with two of today’s most dynamic women, New York Times bestselling authors Lisa Taddeo and Chelsea Handler. 
 
 
About Three Women
When Lisa Taddeo’s Three Women hit bookstore shelves last summer, it became an instant #1 New York Times bestseller and one of the most talked-about books of the year. Three Womenis, without a doubt, “the most in-depth look at the female sex drive that’s been published in decades” (New York) and a “groundbreaking...breathtaking…staggeringly intimate” (Entertainment Weekly) look at the sex lives of three real American women—based on nearly a decade of reporting.

Hailed as “a dazzling achievement” (Los Angeles Times) and “riveting page-turner that explores desire, heartbreak, and infatuation in all its messy, complicated nuance” (The Washington Post), Lisa Taddeo’s Three Women has captivated readers, booksellers, and critics—and topped bestseller lists—worldwide.

In suburban Indiana we meet Lina, the homemaker and mother of two whose marriage, after a decade, has lost its passion. Starved for affection, Lina battles daily panic attacks and, after reconnecting with an old flame through social media, embarks on an affair that quickly becomes all-consuming. In North Dakota we meet Maggie, the seventeen-year-old high school student who allegedly has a clandestine physical relationship with her handsome, married English teacher; the ensuing criminal trial will turn their quiet community upside down. Finally, in the northeast we meet Sloane, the successful, refined restaurant owner whose husband enjoys watching her have sex with other men and women.

Based on years of immersive reporting and told with astonishing frankness and immediacy, Three Women is both a feat of journalism and a triumph of storytelling, brimming with nuance and empathy. “A work of deep observation, long conversations, and a kind of journalistic alchemy” (Kate Tuttle, NPR), Three Women introduces us to three unforgettable women—and one remarkable writer—whose experiences remind us that we are not alone.
 
About Life Will Be the Death of Me…and  you too
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Chelsea Handler comes the funny, sad, super-honest, all-true story of her year of self-discovery—featuring a nerdily brilliant psychiatrist, a shaman, four Chow Chows, some well-placed security cameras, various family members (living and departed), friends, assistants, and a lot of edibles.
 
From In a haze of vape smoke on a rare windy night in L.A. in the fall of 2016, Chelsea Handler daydreams about what life will be like with a woman in the White House. And then Donald Trump happens. In a torpor of despair, she decides that she’s had enough of the privileged bubble she’s lived in—a bubble within a bubble—and that it’s time to make some changes, both in her personal life and in the world at large.

At home, she embarks on a year of self-sufficiency—learning how to work the remote, how to pick up dog poop, where to find the toaster. She meets her match in an earnest, brainy psychiatrist and enters into therapy, prepared to do the heavy lifting required to look within and make sense of a childhood marked by love and loss and to figure out why people are afraid of her. She becomes politically active—finding her voice as an advocate for change, having difficult conversations, and energizing her base. In the process, she develops a healthy fixation on Special Counsel Robert Mueller and, through unflinching self-reflection and psychological excavation, unearths some glittering truths that light up the road ahead. 

Thrillingly honest, insightful, and deeply, darkly funny, Chelsea Handler’s memoir keeps readers laughing, even as it inspires us to look within and ask ourselves what really matters in our own lives.
 
About the Authors
Lisa Taddeo has contributed to New York magazine, EsquireElleGlamour, and many other publications. Her nonfiction has been included in the Best American Sports Writing and Best American Political Writing anthologies, and her short stories have won two Pushcart Prizes. She is the author of Three Women. She lives with her husband and daughter in New England.
 
Chelsea Handler is a five-time New York Times bestselling author with titles, including My Horizontal Life (2005), Are You There, Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea (2008), Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang (2010), Lies That Chelsea Handler Told Me (2011), and Uganda Be Kidding Me (2014). In 2012, Time named her one of the most influential people in the world as part of its annual “Time 100.”
 
 
Please support our book community partner Books&Books
 
 

 

ThursdayJuly 9 • 1:00pm

Lynda Loigman The Wartime Sisters in conversation with Hollywood City Commissioner Caryl Shuham

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Part of the Virtual Summer Author Series at the J in collaboration with JCCs.
 
"Loigman’s strong voice and artful prose earn her a place in the company of Alice Hoffman and Anita Diamant, whose readers should flock to this wondrous new book." —Pam Jenoff, New York Times bestselling author of The Orphan’s Tale

"The Wartime Sisters shows the strength of women on the home front: to endure, to fight, and to help each other survive.” —Jenna Blum, New York Times and international bestselling author of The Lost Family and Those Who Save Us

Two estranged sisters, raised in Brooklyn and each burdened with her own shocking secret, are reunited at the Springfield Armory in the early days of WWII. While one sister lives in relative ease on the bucolic Armory campus as an officer’s wife, the other arrives as a war widow and takes a position in the Armory factories as a “soldier of production.” Resentment festers between the two, and secrets are shattered when a mysterious figure from the past reemerges in their lives.
 

About the Author

Lynda Cohen Loigman grew up in Longmeadow, Massachusetts. She received a B.A. in English and American Literature from Harvard College and a law degree from Columbia Law School. Lynda practiced trusts and estates law in New York City.  Lynda participated in the Alper JCC Berrin Family Jewish Book Festival for  The Two-Family House which was chosen by Goodreads as a best book of the month for March, 2016, and was nominee for the Goodreads 2016 Choice Awards in Historical Fiction. The Wartime Sisters is her second novel. 
 

Please support our local book partner Books&Books by clicking here. If you purchase a book upon check-out in message section please list Alper JCC.

 

ThursdayJuly 9 • 8:00pm  

ZOOM Author Talk/Q & A
Barry Sonnenfeld, Barry Sonnenfeld, Call Your Mother
In Conversation with Holly Firfer, CNN Journalist
 
In Partnership with the JCCs of Atlanta, Cherry Hill (NJ) Dallas, Indianapolis, Miami, Rochester (NJ), and Seattle

Barry Sonnenfeld, one of Hollywood’s biggest film and television directors, brings us his outrageous and hilarious memoir tracing his idiosyncratic upbringing in New York City, his breaking into film as a cinematographer with the Coen brothers, and his unexpected career as the director behind such huge film franchises as The Addams Family and Men in Black, and beloved work like Get ShortyPushing Daises, and A Series of Unfortunate Events.

Sonnenfeld's philosophy is, "Regret the Past. Fear the Present. Dread the Future." Told in his unmistakable voice, Barry Sonnenfeld, Call Your Mother is a laugh-out-loud memoir about coming of age. Constantly threatened with suicide by his over-protective mother, disillusioned by the father he worshiped, and abused by a demonic relative, Sonnenfeld somehow went on to become one of Hollywood's most successful producers and directors.

Sonnenfeld was one of Letterman's favorite guests, and has appeared on Fresh Air, Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me, and many other shows. The stories he can regale you with include surviving a plane crash, his Bar Mitzvah in a Catholic Church, the unique challenges of meeting with Warren Beatty, and what it was like to work for Penny Marshall and trade jokes with Robin Williams. Sonnenfeld was a longtime tech columnist for Esquire, carries a photo of a perfectly cooked steak in his wallet to show waiters, and has challenged and beaten many notable celebrities in something he calls leg wrestling.

Written with poignant insight and real-life irony, the book follows Sonnenfeld from childhood as a French horn player through graduating film school at NYU, where he developed his talent for cinematography. His first job after graduating was shooting nine feature-length pornos in nine days. From that humble entrée, he went on to form a friendship with the Coen Brothers, launching his career shooting their first three films. Though Sonnenfeld had no ambition to direct, Scott Rudin convinced him to be the director of The Addams Family. It was a successful career move. He went on to direct many more films and television shows. Will Smith once joked that he wanted to take Sonnenfeld to Philadelphia public schools and say, "If this guy could end up as a successful film director on big budget films, anyone can." This book is a fascinating and hilarious roadmap for anyone who thinks they can't succeed in life because of a rough beginning.

About the Author 
Barry Sonnenfeld is an American filmmaker and television director. He originally worked as a cinematographer for the Coen brothers before directing films such asThe Addams Family and its sequel, Addams Family Values alongside the Men in Black trilogy, Wild Wild West and Get Shorty.
 
Event is free with pre-registration:
 
Please support our local book partner Books&Books by clicking here. If you purchase a book upon check-out in message section please list Alper JCC.

 

 

Wednesday, July 15th • 8:00pm

Zoom Author Talk + Q & A
DANIEL SILVA, THE ORDER
In conversation with Jamie Gangel, CNN Special Correspondent
 
In Partnership with the JCCs of Atlanta, Baltimore, Indianapolis, Rochester, and Books&Books
 
THIS IS A TICKETED EVENT!
Tickets: $36 includes a copy of the book with access for one household into the virtual event on Zoom. Books will be shipped AFTER the event.
 
PLEASE NOTE: CUSTOMERS WILL RECEIVE THE LINK TO THE ZOOM EVENT A FEW DAYS AFTER THEIR BOOK PURCHASE. THIS IS  A ONE-TIME USE LINK AND NOT SHAREABLE.
 
Join us for an entertaining evening with internationally acclaimed #1 New York Times bestselling author Daniel Silva, in conversation with his wife, Jamie Gangel. The two will host a lively discussion  about Silva’s new thriller, The Order, featuring the continuing adventures of the legendary art restorer and spy, Gabriel Allon.
 
It was nearly one a.m. by the time he crawled into bed. Chiara was reading a novel, oblivious to the television, which was muted. On the screen was a live shot of St. Peter’s Basilica. Gabriel raised the volume and learned that an old friend had died …
 
Gabriel Allon has slipped quietly into Venice for a much-needed holiday with his wife and two young children. But when Pope Paul VII dies suddenly, Gabriel is summoned to Rome by the Holy Father’s loyal private secretary, Archbishop Luigi Donati. A billion Catholic faithful have been told that the pope died of a heart attack. Donati, however, has two good reasons to suspect his master was murdered. The Swiss Guard who was standing watch outside the papal apartments the night of the pope’s death is missing. So, too, is the letter the Holy Father was writing during the final hours of his life. A letter that was addressed to Gabriel.
 
While researching in the Vatican Secret Archives, I came upon a most remarkable book…
 
The book is a long-suppressed gospel that calls into question the accuracy of the New Testament’s depiction of one of the most portentous events in human history. For that reason alone, the Order of St. Helena will stop at nothing to keep it out of Gabriel’s hands. A shadowy Catholic society with ties to the European far right, the Order is plotting to seize control of the papacy. And it is only the beginning.
As the cardinals gather in Rome for the start of the conclave, Gabriel sets out on a desperate search for proof of the Order’s conspiracy, and for a long-lost gospel with the power to put an end to two thousand years of murderous hatred. His quest will take him from the Ponte Vecchio in Florence, to a monastery in Assisi, to the hidden depths of the Secret Archives, and finally to the Sistine Chapel, where he will witness an event no outsider has ever before seen—the sacred passing of the Keys of St. Peter to a newly elected pope.
 
Swiftly paced and elegantly rendered, The Order will hold readers spellbound, from its opening passages to its breathtaking final twist of plot. It is a novel of friendship and faith in a perilous and uncertain world. And it is still more proof that Daniel Silva is his generation’s finest writer of suspense and international intrigue. 
 
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Daniel Silva is the award-winning, #1  New York Times bestselling author of The Unlikely SpyThe Mark of the AssassinThe Marching SeasonThe Kill ArtistThe English AssassinThe ConfessorA Death in ViennaPrince of FireThe MessengerThe Secret ServantMoscow RulesThe DefectorThe Rembrandt AffairPortrait of a SpyThe Fallen AngelThe English GirlThe Heist, The English Spy, The Black Widow, House of Spies and The Other Woman.  He is best known for his long-running thriller series starring spy and art restorer Gabriel Allon. Silva’s books are critically acclaimed bestsellers around the world and have been translated into more than 30 languages. He resides in Florida with his wife, television journalist Jamie Gangel, and their twins, Lily and Nicholas. For more information visit www.danielsilvabooks.com
 
ABOUT THE INTERVIEWER
Jamie Gangel is the award-winning Special Correspondent for CNN covering politics and breaking news. Before joining CNN, Gangel worked for more than three decades at NBC News covering politics and as the National Correspondent for the TODAY show. Over the course of her career she has interviewed Presidents, First Ladies as well as artists and actors like Tom Hanks, Clint Eastwood, Barbra Streisand, Yo Yo Ma, Andrew Wyeth, Eric Clapton, Sean Connery, 50 Cent and Henry Winkler.  Gangel is married to #1 New York Times best-selling novelist Daniel Silva. The couple lives in Florida with their twins Lily and Nicholas.
 
 
 
Thursday, August 13th • 1:00pm
 
Adeena Sussman in Conversation with Lee Schrager 
 
To register, click here

Please support our local book partner Books&Books by clicking here. If you purchase a book upon check-out in message section please list Alper JCC.

In collaboration with the South Florida JCCs
 
In an Israeli cookbook as personal as it is global, Adeena Sussman celebrates the tableau of flavors the region has to offer, in all its staggering and delicious variety

In Hebrew (derived from the original Arabic), sababa means "everything is awesome," and it's this sunny spirit with which the American food writer and expat Adeena Sussman cooks and dreams up meals in her Tel Aviv kitchen. Every morning, Sussman makes her way through the bustling stalls of Shuk Hacarmel, her local market, which sells irresistibly fresh ingredients and tempting snacks--juicy ripe figs and cherries, locally made halvah, addictive street food, and delectable cheeses and olives. In Sababa, Sussman presents 125 recipes for dishes inspired by this culinary wonderland and by the wide-varying influences surrounding her in Israel.
 
Adeena Suss­man has co-authored eleven cook­books, includ­ing the New York Times #1 best­seller Crav­ings—and its best­selling fol­low-up Hun­gry for More—with Chris­sy Teigen. She is also the author of Tahi­ni. She moved to Israel in 2015 and lives foot­steps from Carmel Mar­ket. She has writ­ten about Israeli food for Food & Wine, The Wall Street Jour­nal, and many others.
 
Adeena Suss­man has co-authored eleven cook­books, includ­ing the New York Times #1 best­seller Crav­ings—and its best­selling fol­low-up Hun­gry for More—with Chris­sy Teigen. She is also the author of Tahi­ni. She moved to Israel in 2015 and lives foot­steps from Carmel Mar­ket. She has writ­ten about Israeli food for Food & Wine, The Wall Street Jour­nal, and many others.

 

POSTPONED!! New date in November TBD!

Wednesday, May 13 • 7:30pm at Alper JCC

Steve Madden • The Cobbler: How I Disrupted an Industry, Fell From Grace, and Came Back Stronger Than Ever

 

Tickets: $30 - includes 1 guest, talk and signage, 1 ticket for drink, gift bag and copy of book  

 Everyone knows Steve Madden’s name and his shoes, but few are familiar with his story. Over the past thirty years Steve Madden has taken his eponymous shoe company from the fledgling start-up he founded with a mere $1,100 to a global, multi-billion dollar brand. But Madden’s mistakes, from his battle with addiction to the financial shortcuts that landed him in prison, are as important to his story as his most iconic shoes. In this raw, intimate, and ultimately inspiring book, Madden holds nothing back as he shares what it took to get here and the lessons he’s learned along the way. From his unconventional hiring strategies to his slavish devotion to product, Madden offers a business perspective that is as unique as his styles. In The Cobbler, readers are treated to the wild ride though his rise, fall, and comeback. But they will also walk away uplifted by a man who has owned up to his mistakes and come back determined to give back and use his hard-won platform to create positive change.

Listen to Steve Madden's episode of How I Built This with Guy Raz here

Purchase tickets here:  https://tickit.alperjcc.org

 

 
 

 

 

Click Here to Purchase Tickets for all Book Festival Events | For tickets & more information call 305.271.9000 ext. 268 

2019 BOOK FESTIVAL STEERING COMMITTEE

Women’s Day Luncheon Chairs: Shelly Brodie, Alexis Brodie & Rooney Brodie

Executive Committee: Nadine Barocas, Carole Bernstein, Shani Brenner, Renee Greenstein, Elaine Katz, Anne Sheldon, Susan Spatzer

Director of Literary & Performing Arts: Marcy Levitt

Keith Ginsburg, JCC Board Chair

Arnie Sohinki, Chief Executive Officer

Irene Tzanani, Assistant Executive Director

Suzy Breitner, Director of Visual Arts

Annette Santana, Cultural Arts Administrator

 

The 39th Annual Alper JCC Berrin Family Jewish Book Festival has been made possible through the generous support of: Allegro:Inspired Senior Living; Baron Estate Sales; City of Coral Gables; Coral Gables Country Club; In Memory of Hillelene Lustig; Israel, Rose, Henry and Robert Weiner Charitable Foundation, Inc. in Memory of Hermine Wiener; Israel Bonds; JCC Neshama Society; The Sue and Leonard Miller Center for Contemporary Judaic Studies at the University of Miami; The Zelda and John Schwebel Family Foundation in Memory of John M. Schwebel and an Anonymous sponsor. The Jewish Book Festival and Cultural Arts programs are also made possible with the support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners. Sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.

We would like to thank our Community Partners: Ahavat Olam; Beth David Congregation; Bet Shira Congregation; CAJE - Center for the Advancement of Jewish Education Florence Melton Adult Mini-School; Chabad of Kendall & Pinecrest; Consulate General of Israel; Jewish Community Services of South Florida; Miami-Dade County Public Schools Div. of Social Science; Sunset Corners Wine and Liquors; Temple Beth Am; Temple Beth Or; Temple Judea; Young Israel of Kendall. Many of the author appearances are arranged through the Jewish Book Council’s Jewish Book Network, of which the Alper JCC is a member.

The Dave and Mary Alper JCC thanks the co-sponsoring organizations for their participation in the 39th Alper JCC Berrin Family Jewish Book Festival. Co-sponsorship does not imply the endorsement of opinions expressed by the guest authors. All opinions and ideas expressed by the authors are solely their own and do not express the positions or opinions of the Dave and Mary Alper JCC leadership, Book Festival Committee, staff or the co-sponsoring agencies. The Dave and Mary Alper Jewish Community Center on The Jay Morton-Levinthal Campus is a beneficiary agency of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation, United Way of MiamiDade County and a member agency of the JCC Association.

How to help support the Jewish Book Festival:

LITERARY CIRCLE FRIEND receives a Ticket to Women’s Day Luncheon and two General Admission tickets to ten requested Book Festival events (excluding Alice Hoffman and Naomi Nachman events). $200

LITERARY CIRCLE PATRON receives a Patron Ticket to Women’s Day Luncheon and 2 Reserved Seats to all requested Book Festival events and 1 ticket to Alice Hoffman with book. $360

NESHAMA – A Women’s Giving Circle that helps to perpetuate the richness of our Jewish heritage through art, music and literature. Neshama members receive a Patron Ticket to Women's Day Luncheon, 2 Reserved Seats to all requested Book Festival events, 1 Reserved ticket to Naomi Nachman with cooking demo, 1 ticket with book to Alice Hoffman, invitations to all Opening Receptions of the Futernick Family Art Gallery and the Lisa Ann Watson Children's Discovery Museum, two preferred tickets to Shesh Besh, JCC movies, and 1 ticket to Dance Now! Miami. Members’ names are inscribed on the Neshama Wall in the lobby of the Sablotsky Cultural Arts Center. $1000. For information about Neshama or to join, call Ann Horenstein at 305-271-9000 x 253.

Literary Circle Friend - $200  |  Literary Circle Patron - $360  |  Neshama - $1,000

For information on how you can support the Annual Berrin Family Jewish Book Festival, please call 305.271.9000 x268 or email asantana@alperjcc.org

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If you would like to volunteer at the book festival, please contact Marcy Levitt, mlevitt@alperjcc.org or 305.271.9000 x269. 

Many of the author appearances are arranged through the Jewish Book Council’s Jewish Book Network, of which the Alper JCC is a member.

The Dave and Mary Alper Jewish Community Center on The Jay Morton-Levinthal Campus is a beneficiary agency of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation, United Way of Miami-Dade County and a member agency of the JCC Association.

 

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