For all you book lovers, the 2012 JCC Book Fest & Author Series begins Sunday, Oct. 21 and runs for a full week ending Sunday, Oct. 28. The JCC Book Fest & Author Series is in its fifth year of bringing to the Albuquerque community new authors of high quality and importance.
Reservations may be made and books purchased at the JCC or by calling Robyn at 348-4518.
Eric Greitens: Education of a Humanitarian, the Making of a Navy SEAL
At Congregation Albert 3800 Louisiana NE
Sun, 10/21/2012, 1pm
$10 prepaid; $15 day of the event; Students $5 with ID
When he was a Rhodes scholar at Oxford, Eric Greitens felt he had an obligation to be part of a military capable of preventing genocide, and that he had an obligation to help restore lives, livelihoods and purpose to those who had been mangled by the machinery of war. The NavySEALS was his "fist" and The Mission Continues, a non-profit he started to challenge returning vets to serve and lead, is his "heart." As a person who has "walked the walk," his message is particularly meaningful for young people.
Devan Sipher: Former NYT "Vows" Columnist Shares the Antics of Wedding Couples
Lunch Wed, 10/24/2012, 11:30am
Reservation required: $25
Devan Sipher is a journalist who lived and breathed everything wedding for five years as writer of The New York Times "Vows" column. Funny, engaging and wonderfully entertaining, Sipher's novel takes an ever so slightly irreverent look at a very serious subject from the male point of view. We follow the main character, Gavin Greene, on his quest to find the girl of his dreams while writing about the romantic dreams of others.
Comedy Night! Enjoy Wickedly Funny Stand-up Comedian and Novelist Karen Bergreen
Thu, 10/25/12, 7–9pm
$10 prepaid; $15 evening of the event
Kate Alger has finally found the cure for her post-partum depression. After years of suffering, all it takes to bring this mommy back to life are a few gruesome homicides! When someone starts offing the alpha-moms from Kate's daughter's preschool, Kate—who worked as an Assistant District Attorney before she had Molly—realizes it's time to get out of bed, dust off the skills and find out who is killing all the mommies she loves to hate.
Anouk Markovits: Novel Takes a Rare Look at a Closed Hasidic Community through the Eyes of a Former Insider
Sun, 10/28/2012, 10:30am
$10 prepaid; $15 morning of the event
Book Lover's Bagel Breakfast!
The Satmar community is reclusive, insulated by design and fiercely loyal to their Rebbe. They shun interaction with any outsiders, but the secrets and sins of those within become an onerous burden that can't be contained within self-imposed walls. Anouk Markovits is a masterful story teller who brings the reader into the heart of this religious community, shedding light on their motivations, their fears, and their profound trust in the wisdom of one man.