PRESENTING authors and books that stimulate learning and community conversation
PROMOTING reading, writing, and awareness of books, both fiction and non-fiction
OFFERING a variety of rich and stimulating in-person author programs with wide appeal
Event Reservations may be made and books purchased: online, using links below; in person at the JCC membership office; by phone: 505-348-4518 or 505-348-4500.
Ticket package available: 5 events for $50 including luncheon
Ina's Kitchen: Memories and Recipes from the Breakfast Queen
Wed 10/26 11:30 am
Luncheon $25 (reservations required); book $16, Author is visiting from Chicago
Equal parts cookbook and memoir, Ina's Kitchen combines thirty-nine of the Chicago culinary icon's favorite recipes with milestone moments. Ina weaves her three life strands — Jewish Brooklyn upbringing, paralytic polio, and disapproved intermarriage — with her midlife career choice of becoming a chef and restauranteur. Displaying full command of the kitchen and entertaining, Ina shares cooking secrets, savory dishes, and irresistible desserts. Sample some of Ina's to-die-for recipes at this year's luncheon.
Plus One: A Novel
Thu 10/27 7 pm
$10 prepaid, $15 at door; book $16; Author is visiting from Los Angeles
Plus One is a laugh-out-loud, big-hearted novel about a young, hard-working Los Angeles family suddenly struck by entertainment industry good fortune (loosely based on Jenji Kohan, creator of Weeds and Orange is the New Black). Noxon, an accomplished journalist, writes a story of this family, from the father's viewpoint, as he scrambles to find his place as 'domestic first responder'. Noxon "reveals the inner workings of that [Plus One] role with wit, warmth and candor." New York Times Sunday Book Review
The Devil's Diary: Alfred Rosenberg and the Stolen Secrets of the Third Reich
Sun 10/30 3 pm
$10 prepaid, $15 at door; book $28; Author is visiting from Philadelphia
The Devil's Diary teams New York Times bestselling author Robert K. Wittman with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Kinney. They recount the riveting real-life detective story that led to the discovery of the long-lost diary of one of the key architects of Nazi ideology and the Final Solution. This groundbreaking book mines those long-hidden pages to deliver a fresh, eye-opening account of the Nazi rise to power and the genesis of the Holocaust.
Corinne Joy Brown
Wed 11/2 7 pm
$10 prepaid, $15 at door; book $19; Author is visiting from Denver
Focusing on a contemporary New Mexican Hispanic woman, this work of historical fiction reflects the history of Crypto-Jews. During the 15th and 16th centuries many Jews fled Spain and Portugal seeking haven in the Americas. They publicly practiced Catholicism in order to stay alive, while they secretly continued their practice of Judaism. Descendants often went through all or much of their lives unaware of their Jewish heritage. As an adult, the heroine of Hidden Star learns the secret of her identity and must decide what to do about it.
B. A. Shapiro
Sun 11/6 3 pm
$10 prepaid, $15 at door; book $16; Author is visiting from Boston
The New York Times bestselling author of the tour-de-force novel The Art Forger illuminates the art world of the 1940s in her latest fictional work. In The Muralist, Shapiro entwines the lives of both historical and fictional characters, and moves between the past and the present. She plunges readers into the divisiveness of pre-World War II politics. She captures the largely forgotten plight of European refugees refused entrance to the United States. Shapiro also shows both the inner workings of today's New York art scene and the beginnings of the vibrant and quintessentially American school of Abstract Expressionism