Library Programs and Lectures


AUTHORS AT THE ASTOR

A Far Piece to Canaan: A Novel of Friendship and Redemption
by Sam Halpern

Sunday, May 11, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.
Lawrence Family JCC, Astor Judaica Library

Inspired by Sam Halpern’s childhood in rural Kentucky, A Far Piece to Canaan tells the story of Samuel Zelinsky, a celebrated but troubled former professor who reluctantly returns after his wife’s death to the Kentucky hills where he lived as a child to reconnect with long-buried memories and make good on a forgotten promise. It is a tale of superstition, secrets, and heroism in the postwar South. Book purchase and signing follow the program.

Price: $10; JCC Member Price: $8
For Information: Susan Hagler, 858.362.1150

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The Art of Rube Goldberg (a) Inventive (b) Cartoon (c) Genius
by Jennifer George

Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.
Lawrence Family JCC, Astor Judaica Library

Not many of us make it into the dictionary as an adjective. But then again, Rube Goldberg was no ordinary noun. He was a cartoonist, humorist, sculptor, author, engineer, and inventor, and in a 72-year career he wrote and illustrated nearly 50,000 cartoons. Goldberg (1883–1970) was the most famous cartoonist of his time, best known for his comical inventions, which were syndicated in daily newspapers throughout the world. Book purchase and signing follow the program.

Price: $10; JCC Member Price: $8
For Information: Susan Hagler, 858.362.1150

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JEWISH POETS, JEWISH VOICES

Jewish Poets—Jewish Voices will continue in the Astor Judaica Library for the sixth year with three Tuesday evenings. These programs of poetry readings are open to the public at no charge.

The first hour features selected poets, followed by a half hour of open mic, which audience members may sign up for as they enter the library. Light refreshments are served afterwards.

NEXT PROGRAM

MAY 6, 2014, 7:00 pm
Featured Poets: Myla Lichman-Fields, Lee Ben-Yehudah, Steven Schorr




PAST PROGRAMS

February 18, 2014
Featured Poets: Penni Rubin, Thea Iberall, Rae Rose

March 11, 2014
Featured Poets: Students From Our Local Jewish Day Schools

For Information: Susan Hagler, 858.362.1150