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2013 Jewish Book Festival
The JCA takes pleasure in bringing outstanding authors to Jacksonville with its 17th Annual Jewish Book Festival from November 4 to 14 This year’s festival will cover a wide variety of topics, from the issue of teenage sexuality to the cultural history of Superman, and features authors and books that relate to Jewish history and culture.
The book festival will open with a special event featuring Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz Oct. 17 at 7 p.m. She will discuss her new book, For The Next Generation: A Wake Up Call To Solving Our Nation’s Problems. The event is free and open to the entire community.
This year’s featured speaker is author Matthew Levitt, author of Hezbollah: The Global Footprint of Lebanon’s Party of God. Levitt, a senior fellow and director of The Washington Institute for Near East Policy’s Stein Program on Counterterrorism and Intelligence, is considered a subject matter expert on Hezbollah and has written extensively on terrorism and countering violent extremism. He’ll speak at the JCA on Sunday, Nov. 10 at 7 p.m.
The JCA would like to thank this year's Jewish Book Festival chairmen Lonnie Steinberg and Cecelia Cristol. All books will be available for sale and signing. Events, except for the Patrons' Cocktail Hour, are free and open to the whole community.
The Book Festival is made possible by the support of patrons. Won't you plan to contribute so we can continute to bring outstanding authors like these to Jacksonville? Your contributions are tax deductible.
Publisher - $1,000 to $2,500
Editor - $500 to $999
Proofer - $250 to $449
Reader - $100 to $249
For more information on becoming a patron, please call Thelma Nied at 730-2100 ext. 227.
The festival will include the following events.
Congresswoman Wasserman Schultz was the youngest woman elected to the Florida state legislature and the first Jewish congresswoman ever elected from Florida. Wife, mother of three, and breast cancer survivor, she is currently the Chair of the Democratic National Committee. In For the Next Generation, she and her co-writer Julie M. Fenster discuss immigration, women’s rights, health care and the economy. The evening will feature a question and answer session, and her book will be available for sale and signing.
Dr. Sederer is Medical Director of the New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH), the nation's largest state mental health system, and an Adjunct Professor at the Columbia/Mailman School of Public Health. He has published seven books for professional audiences and two books for lay audiences, as well as over 350 articles in medical journals and non-medical publications like TheAtlantic.com, The New York Times, The International Herald Tribune, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Commonweal Magazine, and Psychology Today.
His new book, The Family Guide to Mental Health Care is for families of people with mental illness. His even newer book, co-authored with Jay Neugeboren and Michael Friedman, is The Diagnostic Manual of Mishegas (The DMOM), a parody on the DSM.
This evening with Dr. Sederer is co-sponsored by River Garden Senior Services.
Long-time comedian and even longer-time screenwriter Marion Grodin shares intimate and always comedic details of her life—the good, bad and the ugly—in her new book, Standing Up: A Memoir of a Funny (Not Always) Life. Daughter of comedian Charles Grodin, Marion was her father’s comedic apprentice until she bit the bullet and began stand-up some 15 years ago. In her memoir, Marion shares her ups and downs, including her childhood, marriage, divorce, and battles with breast cancer and addiction.
With a sharply funny honesty, Marion brings laughter to the darkest of life experiences, and shows readers that there’s a light at the end of the tunnel if you’re willing to see it. Join us for a girls' night out!
Four years ago, John Schwartz, a national correspondent at The New York Times, got the call that every parent hopes never to receive: his thirteen-year-old son, Joe, had tried to commit suicide. Hours before, he had come out to his classmates— and was met by dismay and confusion. After school he took an overdose of pills.
This event will be a brown bag dairy luncheon and is co-sponsored by Jewish Family and Community Services.
Sun, Nov 10 at 6 pm – Patrons’ Cocktail Hour with Matthew Levitt, author of Hezbollah: The Global Footprint of Lebanon’s Party of God. Book Festival patrons will have the opportunity to meet Author Matthew Levitt at an exclusive cocktail hour just prior to his speaking event. For more information about becoming a Book Festival Patron, please contact Thelma Nied at 904-730-2100 or Thelma.Nied@jcajax.org.
Sun, Nov 10 at 7 pm – Matthew Levitt, author of Hezbollah: The Global Footprint of Lebanon’s Party of God. Matthew Levitt is a senior fellow and director of The Washington Institute for Near East Policy's Stein Program on Counterterrorism and Intelligence. Previously, Dr. Levitt served as the deputy assistant secretary for Intelligence and Analysis at the US Department of the Treasury, as an FBI counterterrorism analyst, and as an adviser on counterterrorism to the US State Department.
His new book, Hezbollah: The Global Footprint of Lebanon's Party of God, breaks new ground with his thorough examination of this organization’s covert operations beyond Lebanon's borders. Drawing on extensive field research, including interviews with intelligence and law enforcement officials around the world, newly declassified intelligence material, court documents, and official reports, Levitt traces Hezbollah's beginnings with its first violent forays in Lebanon. He then investigates its terrorist activities and criminal enterprises abroad in Europe, the Middle East, South America, Southeast Asia, Africa, and finally in North America, concluding with a look at Hezbollah's position as Iran’s most trusted, professional, and deniable proxy. A topic of tremendous relevance to current events, understanding the threat posed by Hezbollah today could not be more pressing.
It's July 4, 2005, and the Frankel family is descending upon their beloved summer home in the Berkshires. They have gathered to memorialize Leo, the youngest of the four siblings and an intrepid journalist killed on that day in 2004, while on assignment in Iraq. But Leo’s parents are adrift in a grief that’s tearing apart their forty-year marriage, his sisters are struggling with their own difficulties, and his widow has arrived from California bearing a secret. Here award-winning writer Joshua Henkin unfolds this family story, as, over the course of three days, the Frankels contend with sibling rivalries and marital feuds, with volatile women and silent men — and, ultimately, with the true meaning of family.
This event will be a brown bag dairy luncheon.
Eric Goldman is Adjunct Associate Professor of Cinema at Yeshiva University and the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City. His book examines an industry strongly influenced by Jewish filmmakers who made and continue to make the decisions as to which films are produced, the complex and evolving nature of the American Jewish condition has had considerable impact on American cinema and, in particular, on how Jews are reflected on the screen. This groundbreaking study analyzes select mainstream films from the beginning of the sound era to today to provide an understanding of the American Jewish experience over the last century.
Seventy-five years after he was born, Superman remains America's most enduring hero. In this first full-fledged history of the Man of Steel, New York Times bestselling author of Satchel Larry Tye shows how Superman has tapped into the American psyche in a way that reveals something essential, not just about him but about us. Superman's story is both surprising and fun—it will reel back aging devotees, draw in new ones and reveal why the Man of Tomorrow is timeless as well as ageless. But this is not only the tale of an American icon. Tye uses Superman as a lens through which we can understand our best selves and aspirations. Author Larry Tye was an award-winning journalist at The Boston Globe and a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. A lifelong Superman fan, Tye now runs a Boston-based training program for medical journalists. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller Satchel, as well as The Father of Spin, Home Lands, and Rising from the Rails, and co-author, with Kitty Dukakis, of Shock.