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
These visiting authors and their books highlight Jewish themes with universal appeal in fiction, memoir, history and cuisine.
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
All events at JCC except Joan Nathan, King Solomon’s Table, January 14, 2018 at ABQ NoshFest at Embassy Suites Hotel
AND AFTER THE FIRE
Sun October 22 at 3 pm
Opening Wine and Cheese Reception
This National Jewish Book Award winner returns with a deeply researched, evocative, compelling work of historical fiction which resonates with emotion and immediacy. Interweaving the stories of Susanna and Sara with J.S. Bach’s mysterious choral masterpiece, this family saga traverses history from the eighteenth century through the Holocaust and into today.
THE BOOK OF SEPARATION: A MEMOIR
Thurs October 26 at 7pm
Coffee, Tea and Sweets
What does it mean to heed your inner compass at long last? In The Book of Separation, Tova Mirvis tells the courageous story of leaving her Orthodox faith and her marriage and setting out to navigate the terrifying, liberating terrain of a newly mapless world.
JEWISH COMEDY: A SERIOUS HISTORY
Sun October 29 at 11am
Bagels and Lox Brunch
Jeremy Dauber traces the origins of Jewish comedy from biblical times to the age of Twitter. Organizing his book thematically into what he calls the seven strands of Jewish comedy (including the Satirical, the Witty, and the Vulgar), Dauber explores the ways Jewish comedy has dealt with persecution and assimilation through the ages. He explains the rise and fall of popular comic archetypes such as the Jewish mother, the JAP, and the schlemiel. Dauber is a Columbia University professor of Yiddish Language, Literature and Culture.
SONS AND SOLDIERS
Sun November 5 at 3pm
Wine and Cheese
Bruce Henderson is an American journalist and author of more than 20 nonfiction books, including a #1 New York Times bestseller, And the Sea Will Tell, which was made into a highly-rated TV miniseries. Sons and Soldiers is an epic story of heroism, courage and patriotism that tells the little-known saga of the Ritchie Boys, young German Jews, who fled Nazi Germany in the 1930s and returned at enormous personal risk as members of the U.S. Army to play a key role in the Allied victory.
KING SOLOMON’S TABLE
Sun January 14, 2018 at 2pm
“Nosh Talk” at 1st ABQ NoshFest at Embassy Suites.
VIP reserved seating plus entry in raffle to win free book.
Gorgeously illustrated and filled with fascinating historical details, personal histories, and 170 delectable recipes, King Solomon’s Table showcases the dazzling diversity of a culinary tradition more than three thousand years old from Italy to Israel to India and beyond. Six years in the making, this is the crowning achievement of the Queen of American Jewish Cooking.