JBookFest Opens Minds and Imaginations of Readers
JBookFest is drawing crowds of readers at events all around Austin and you still have an opportunity to catch some of these inspiring authors.
It all began on October 21, with Laurie Frankel, author of the book "This is How it Always Is." This is the second JBookFest event underwritten by the Leslie S. Brittman Literary Fund, set up through the Shalom Austin Jewish Foundation. Frankel's book is a novel about revelations, transformations and family. The story follows the journey of Rosie and Penn, after their newest son decides he wants to be a girl.
JBookFest also brought to Austin, Sam Massell, author of "Play it Again Sam"; Ronald Balson, author of "The Trust"; Patricia Bernstein, author of "Ten Dollars to Hate"; Alexandra Silber, author of "After Anatevka"; and Amy Silverstein, author of "My Glory Was I Had Such Friends" who spoke at this year's Book Lovers Luncheon.
The book festival continues this month with two more events:
Sunday, November 5 | 11 AM
Texas Book Festival, State Capitol
Dinner at the Center of the Earth
Nathan Englander's story set with a background of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict flows smoothly between characters, time and space. The tale is woven around an American-Jewish Israeli who is now sitting in a secret prison where only a dying Prime Minister (Ariel Sharon) knows of his existence. Through the many Israeli and Palestinian characters, Englander gives us a glimpse of the love of country, the struggle of identity and the futility of trying to end this conflict. The author describes the book as "... a Turducken of a structure: it's a literary novel inside a spy thriller that's inside a love story that's tucked inside an allegory. Unless it's the other way around."
Monday, November 6 | 7 PM
Shalom Austin Jewish Community Center
My Jewish Year: 18 Holidays, One Wondering Jew
Abigail Pogrebin grew up following some holiday rituals, but realized how little she knew about their purpose and relevance. What kept these holidays alive and vibrant, in some cases for thousands of years? How do Jews find meaning in the holidays? She spent an entire year celebrating all of the Jewish holidays in the calendar, even the ones she never heard of. My Jewish Year is written with candor, humor, and a trove of information, capturing the arc of Jewish observance through the eyes of a relatable wandering - and wondering - Jew.
Note: Author is the daughter of Letty Cottin Pogrebin, previous AJBF author, prominent feminist, and a founder of Ms. Magazine. ■
For more information, visit shalomaustin.org/jbookfest.