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Sponsors San Diego Jewish BookFair 2011 - Nov 3-10, 14, 15

 

All events are at the JCC - unless noted

Thursday, November 3

LUNCH & TALK

12:00 p.m.. .......... Alison Pick, Far to Go

Seacrest Village,
211 Saxony Road,
Encinitas, CA 92024

Alison Pick Centering on both the story of Pavel and Anneliese Bauer—Czechoslovakian victims of the Holocaust—and the present-day narrative of the historian unraveling their tragic tale, Alison Pick's latest novel is both heart-rending and poetic. Start this year's Book Fair a little early, lunching with an award-winning author, a deft, engaging storyteller whose own story—she converted to Judaism during the course of writing this novel—is as enthralling as her prose.

Admission: $14.00/Member; $17.00/Non-Member

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Community Outreach Partner: Brandeis University Women's Committee

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SPECIAL EVENT

7:30 p.m.. .......... General Orders No. 11

General Orders No. 11 When General Ulysses S. Grant banishes Jews from his military district on 24 hours' notice, 30 families from Paducah, Kentucky, flee upriver to Cincinnati, not knowing if they'll ever see their homes again.

Join the San Diego Jewish Book Fair and the Performing Arts Series, Straight From the Page, in this collaborative event merging theatre and literature. Commemorating the Civil War Sesquicentennial, this program will include a staged reading by professional actors and a facilitated discussion with Dr. Joellyn Zollman, Historian. Explore many more stories of Jews and the Civil War at our Book Store.

Admission: $14.00/Member; $17.00/Non-Member

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OPENING NIGHT! ~ Saturday, November 5

EVENING TALK

7:30p.m. .......... Gilad Sharon, Sharon:The Life of a Leader

Gilad Sharon Soldier, statesman, Prime Minister… and father. Ariel Sharon's son Gilad tells the remarkable story of his father, which is in essence the story of modern- day Israel itself. While his father was in office, Gilad Sharon was more than just a devoted son, he was also one of his father's closest confidants. Meet the author as he shares the story behind this galvanizing biography and memoir that examines the life of a man whose policies, values, and beliefs continue to shape the future of Israel and the Middle East.

Admission: $14.00/Member; $17.00/Non-Member

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Sponsored by: U.S. Trust Bank of America Private Wealth Management

Community Outreach Partner: Anti-Defamation League

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Sunday, November 6

Morning Coffee Conversation

10:00 a.m ..........Andrew Winer, The Marriage Artist

Andrew Winer Put some mystery into your morning with author Andrew Winer as he shares the story behind his exciting new novel, The Marriage Artist. His latest book, a work of mystery/ romance and fictionalized art-history raises the question of how memory, identity, and love are entangled. The Marriage Artist is touted as "engrossing and haunting" (abcnews.com), and "a tour de force of provocative ideas" (Kirkus Reviews). Andrew Winer is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Fiction and his first novel, The Color Midnight Made, was a national bestseller. Don't miss an opportunity "to share a cup of coffee" with a rising literary star.

Admission: $7.00/Member; $9.00/Non-Member

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Lunch & Talk

12:00 p.m........... Susan Orlean, Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend

Susan OrleanIn her first original book since The Orchid Thief, Susan Orlean takes you into the factual history, enduring legend, and iconography of one of the world's most famous canines, Rin Tin Tin. Learn about the dog discovered on a battlefield in WWI, the first of the many Rin Tin Tins, who became a bona fide Hollywood star in the '20s, moved on to radio in the '30s, and was forever stamped into the American psyche in TV in the '50s. Join the author as she discusses Rin Tin Tin and the everlasting human-animal bond.

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Sports Talk

5:30 P.M.......... Douglas Stark, The SPHAS: The Life and Times of Basketball's Greatest Jewish Team

Douglas StarkJoin Douglas Stark as he inte rweaves sports anecdotes with personal histories to tell the story of a team that—while winning games on the court—was overcoming challenges off it as well. The first people to truly excel at basketball were inner-city Jews, and none were greater than the SPHAS, the Sou th Philadelphia Hebrew Associa tion basketball team. St arting as a clubteam in 1918, by the '30s, they were regarded as one of the nation's top basketball squads in the American Basketball League despite prevailing Anti-Semitism. He ar the story of these true champions–on and off the court.


PLUS... Aaron Pribble, Pitching in the Promised Land

Aaron PribbleFor one brief shining season, there was professional baseball in Israel. The Israel Baseball League had its first game in June of '07 and its last that August, but that was enough time for Aaron Pribble—a former minor-leaguer from the States—to gain the story of a lifetime. Join the author as he recounts his summer playing ball in a league of ex-pats, upstarts, and even a 71-year-old left-hander from Brooklyn named Koufax (yes, THAT Koufax). Funny, heartfelt, and eye-opening, his remembrances are perfect proof of how baseball is more than a game: it's a way of life!

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Evening Talk

7:30 P.M.......... Adam Mansbach, Go the F*** to Sleep

Adam Mansbach"The cats nestle close to their kittens now/The lambs have laid down with the sheep/ You're cozy and warm in your bed, my dear/Please go the f*** to sleep…" If you're a parent who has ever tried to get your restless child to bed, this phrase—or a PG-rated version of it—has undoubtedly entered your head at one time or another. Join author Adam Mansbach (Angry White Black Boy, The End of the Jews) as he shares the story behind his "children's book for adults"—which began as a frustrated facebook post and became a viral sensation and Amazon #1 bestseller—Go the… well, you know the rest.

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NOTE: THIS TALK CONTAINS STRONG LANGUAGE

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Monday, November 7

Morning Coffee Conversation

10:00 A.M. ....... Marc Agronin M.D., How We Age: A Doctor's Journey into the Heart of Growing Old

Marc AgroninAs Director of Mental Health and Clinical Research at the Miami Jewish Health Systems, and a board-certified geriatric psychiatrist, Dr. Marc Agronin has more hands-on clinical experience with aging than just about anyone else in the country. His remarkable stories—gathered from his patients—are nothing short of illuminating and inspiring. Dr. Agronin's ground-level view of aging just might change the way you look at this provocative topic.

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Community Host: Jewish Family Service

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Lunch & Talk

12:00 P.M. ....... Randy Susan Meyers, The Murderer's Daughter

Randy Susan MeyersEnjoy a lunch and talk with Randy Susan Meyers whose novel was selected by the LA Times for its "Knock-Out Debuts" list and hailed by the Boston Globe as "…an impressively executed novel, disturbing and convincing." Part of what makes this book and this author appealing to many readers is the unusual approach she took in giving her story two narrators. Sisters Merry and Lulu may have grown up together, but the domestic violence they witnessed as children sadly forced them apart and shattered their entire family. This will provide you with a singular opportunity to meet a young novelist who is just starting to make waves in the book world.

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Community Host: Project SARAH


Talks @ 2

2:00 P.M. .......... Alicia Oltuski, Precious Objects: A Story of Diamonds, Family, and a Way of Life

Alicia OltuskiAlicia Oltuski is a child of New York City's famed Diamond District, primarily 47th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues. Roughly 90% of all diamonds in America have made their first stop somewhere along these streets, but what does that entail? What really happens behind these endless rows of closed doors? At this facinating behind the scenes talk, the author will dovetail personal and family history with that of the industry, the neighborhood, and the culture both from which it grew.

Admission: Free

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TEA & TALK

4:00 P.M. .......... Myla Goldberg, The False Friend

Myla GoldbergHer first novel, Bee Season, was a critical and popular success, spawning a movie of the same name and earning Myla Goldberg legions of fans. Her latest novel has got the critics buzzing, too: A "Fascinating and fresh" (Washington Post) novel by "…a smart, witty, highly observant writer [whose] prose is as exceptional as ever" (Dallas Morning News). It tells the story of Celia Durst, a woman in her 30s returning to her hometown after many years away and on a mission to un-do a tragic wrong. Meet one of contemporary literature's brightest stars and hear about her latest book—a tale she describes as being "…about memory, hometowns and the adults children turn into."

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EVENING TALK

7:30 P.M. .......... Thanassis Cambanis, A Privilege to Die: Inside Hezbollah's Legions and Their Endless War Against Israel

Thanassis CambanisJournalist and foreign correspondent, Thanassis Cambanis covered the Middle East and Iraq as a bureau chief for The Boston Globe for four years. In his talk he will explore the people who drive, are driven by, and are tragically used by Hezbollah. Cambanis provides a gripping street level view of Hezbollah that is both Illuminating and terrifying. Don't miss this eye-opening discussion with a man who has experienced Hezbollah first-hand.

Admission: $14/Member; $17/Non-Member

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Tuesday, November 8

Morning Coffee Conversation

10:00 A.M. ....... Iris Krasnow, The Secret Lives of Wives: Women Share What It Really Takes to Stay Married

Iris KrasnowWe know why people get divorced: financial reasons, infidelity, just growing apart, and so on. But why and how do people stay together for decades and literally "until death do them part?" Find out during morning tea and discussion with the author of the bestselling book, Surrendering to Marriage. Iris Krasnow interviewed more than 200 wives whose marriages lasted 15 years or more, asking them, "What's your secret?" Krasnow shares their bold, brave, and fearlessly honest answers on how to make marriage last a lifetime.

Admission: $7/Member; $9/Non-Member

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Community Host: Jewish Women's Foundation

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Lunch & Talk

12:00 P.M. ....... Jonathan Spyer, The Transforming Fire: The Rise of the Israel-Islamic Conflict

Jonathan SpyerIn the early 90s, he served in the IDF. In 2006, he fought in the war in Lebanon. From 1996-2000, he worked in Israel’s Prime Minister’s office. Author Jonathan Spyer has seen the Israel-Islamic conflict up close—both on the battlefield and in the boardrooms, and his book is a vivid tour rich in journalistic analysis (the author, a contributor on CNN, BBC, and even Al-Jazeera, is a regular on Israel Channel 1). Join him as he shares both his own dramatic story and the modern history of this ongoing, yet ever-changing war. You’ll find this session to be edifying, enlightening, and inspirational.

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Community Host: Project SARAH


Talks @ 2

2:00 P.M. .......... Joseph Braude, The Honored Dead: A Story of Friendship, Murder, and the Search for Truth in the Arab World

NORTH COUNTY, DOVE LIBRARY
1775 Dove Lane
Carlsbad, CA 92011

Joseph BraudeIt's a true-life detective story about a murder in Casablanca. Author and journalist Joseph Braude—the first Western journalist to embed with Arab security forces—shares the true story of a Moroccan man fighting a shady, authoritarian system as he strives to uncover what really happened the night his best friend was killed, and searches for justice in a land where people "come to make fortunes, jihad, and trouble" (Amazon Reviews). Learn about this case and about Morocco's place from a man who knows a thing or two about conspiracies and cover-ups, having worked counter-terrorism cases for the FBI.

Admission: Free

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TEA & TALK

4:00 P.M. .......... Haley Tanner, Vaclav & Lena

Haley TannerSet in NYC's Brighton Beach, Vaclav & Lena is the tale of two children, both Russian immigrants, as they move from their precocious childhood into young adulthood. Swearing they will be together forever as Coney Island's celebrated magic act, Vaclav the Magnificent and his assistant, the Lovely Lena, the young lovers capture your heart. The New York Times says "Ms. Tanner is such a strong storyteller, and her distinctive voice engulfs you immediately." Join the author as she moves you with this stirring, romantic, and ultimately heartbreaking novel.

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EVENING TALK

7:30 P.M. .......... Rabbi Mark Glickman, Sacred Treasure: The Cairo Genizah

NORTH COUNTY, DOVE LIBRARY
1775 Dove Lane
Carlsbad, CA 92011

Rabbi Mark GlickmanIt's not quite Indiana Jones, but, as far as Jewish scholars are concerned, it's pretty close. Rabbi Mark Glickman will take you inside one of the greatest discoveries in Jewish history, an historical bounty of manuscripts and texts, many more than 1000 years old, uncovered in the genizah in the Ben Ezra Synagogue in Cairo. A genizah is the name given to a storage place for sacred texts. The author shares what makes these particular texts so crucial to our contemporary understanding of Jewish history.

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Wednesday, November 9

Morning Coffee Conversation

10:00 A.M. ....... Michael Krasny, Spiritual Envy: An Agnostic's Quest

As the host of one of National Public Radio's most popular interview programs, Michael Krasny has spent decades leading conversations on every imaginable topc and discussing lifes most important questions with the foremost thinkers of our time. Now he brings his wide-ranging knowledge and perspective intelligence to a thoughtful and thought-providing exploration of belief- and lack of belief. In Spiritual Envy, Krasny helps believers and nonbelievers alike understand their own questions about faith and religion, about G-d and human responsibility.

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Lunch & Talk

12:00 P.M. ....... Charles Fox, Killing Me Softly: My Life in Music

Charles FoxYou may not know his name, but you definitely know his songs. Here's a sample: "Sunday, Monday, Happy Days… we're gonna do it our way, yes, our way…the loooove boat…" But, he wrote more than just unforgettable TV theme songs. Also to his credit is the Grammy-winning classic, "Killing Me Softly with His Song." This musical memoir takes us through the composer's formal education in Paris in the late '50s to working with some of the biggest names in the business—Lena Horne, Fred Astaire, Barry Manilow. In an event ideal for music lovers, you'll learn the life-story of a man who had "…one of the most interesting and successful careers in American music history" (AOL News ).

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Community Host: Seacrest Village

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Talks @ 2

2:00 P.M. .......... Geila Hocherman, Kosher Revolution: New Techniques and Great Recipes for Unlimited Kosher Cooking

Geila HochermanKeeping kosher does not mean sacrificing taste or new culinary experiences. According to chef and author Gelia Hocherman, it can be a launching pad for creative cooking, as it's often when human beings are working (or, in this case, cooking) within fixed parameters that their creativity blooms. The author will share tips she learned as she was putting her cookbook together, and teach you all you need to know about kosher cooking. You'll also learn how to transform most any recipe into a kosher one.

Admission: Free

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TEA & TALK

4:00 P.M. .......... Rabbi Jamie Korngold, The God Upgrade: Finding Your 21st Century Spirituality in Judaism's 5,000-Year-Old Tradition

Rabbi Jamie KorngoldFounder of the "Adventure Rabbi" a Boulder, CO program combining religion and nature, Rabbi Korngold is on a mission to preserve Jewish spiritual traditions while embracing a contemporary notion of God. Her thought-provoking book continues the discussion on the nature of God, while also delivering "a fresh view of God… [that] can resonate with people of all faiths as they struggle to reconcile science and religion" (Publishers Weekly).

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Community Host: Waters of Eden/San Diego Community Mikvah and Education Center

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EVENING TALK

7:30 P.M. .......... Adam Chester, S'Mother: The Story of a Man, His Mom, and the Thousands of Altogether Insane Letters She's Mailed Him

Adam ChesterMake a night of it, have a laugh and a look back with Adam Chester—a professional singer, songwriter, and Elton John "stand-in" as he reads from his "…absurdist reminder to all of us to turn down our throbbing angst" [North Shore News]. For 30 years, Adam saved the letters his mother would send him—letters filled with not-so-necessary news, outrageous opinions, and advice no one could really use… but now, Adam provides a perspective that makes these often "insane letters" more entertaining than endangering, comedic, therapeutic, and endearing.

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Co-sponsored by In the Mix and YAD

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Thursday, November 10

Morning Coffee Conversation

10:00 A.M. ....... Kathy Kacer, Restitution: A Family's Fight for their Heritage Lost in the Holocaust

Temple Solel
3575 Manchester Avenue,
Cardiff By Sea, CA 92007

Kathy KacerJoin acclaimed author Kathy Kacer as she tells the true story of the Reesers, a family that fled Czechoslovakia on the eve of the Holocaust, and then returned years after the war to recover four treasured paintings, and something even more valuable: their family heritage. Kacer's re-telling of this family's search takes us into a labyrinth of bureaucratic corruption and deep-rooted prejudices, where one of the few honest people the Reesers meet happens to be a smuggler. Hear a unique and compelling story that blends historical records with personal histories. Ideal for art lovers and history buffs alike!

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Lunch & Talk

12:00 P.M. ....... Alice Hoffman, The Dovekeepers

Alice HoffmanIf you're a fan of modern literature, then you know the name Alice Hoffman. Through books such as Blue Diary, Practical Magic, and Here on Earth she has enchanted millions across the world. She is by all accounts, one of modern literature's most transcendent storytellers. The Dovekeepers, a tour de force set in ancient Israel, is perhaps her finest work ever. Nobel Laureate in Literature, Toni Morrison, calls it "beautiful, harrowing, a major contribution to twenty-first century literature." Wally Lamb (She's Come Undone) says the novel is "…the pinnacle of Hoffman's extraordinary body of work."

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Community Host: Hadassah

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Talks @ 2

2:00 P.M. .......... Anna Solomon, The Little Bride

Anna SolomonSet in the Great Plains in the mid nineteenth century, Anna Solomon's page-turning historical novel shares a newly imagined story of Jewish immigration, inspired by dozens if not hundreds of true stories, one where Jews skip the Lower East Side of New York and go straight into the heartland. Meet the author, a Pushcart Prize winner (former Pushcart standouts include Joyce Carol Oates, Junot Diaz, and Raymond Carver), as she shares a story about desire, despair, and determination.

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TEA & TALK

4:00 P.M. .......... Ariel Sabar, Heart of the City

Ariel SabarThe subtitle of Ariel Sabar's latest is Nine Stories of Love and Serendipity on the Streets of New York, and it presents varied locations throughout New York City—such as Central Park, the Liberty Island Ferry, and even the subway—as though they were designed by Cupid himself. Described as "love among the landmarks" (New York Daily News) and "a sparkling love letter to the city" these "cozy, seductive narratives" (Kirkus) will fill your heart with delight. Join the author as he takes you on a romantic tour of the city, telling the true stories of nine couples who would not have found love had they not found New York first.

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EVENING TALK

7:30 P.M. .......... Wendy Mogel, Blessing of a B Minus: Using Jewish Teachings to Raise Resilient Teenagers

Wendy MogelThe Blessing of a Skinned Knee, gave over-parenting parents the antidote they so desperately needed. In her latest book, she extends these teachings into adolescence where the pressures on children increase tenfold and the need to be able to transform supposed disappointments into opportunities for growth and personal development is ever more pressing. Rabbi Harold Kushner calls her book, "…a treasury of common sense for anyone dealing with adolescents."

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Master Partner with the Author, La Jolla Country Day School

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Friday, November 11

Morning Coffee Conversation

10:00 A.M. ....... Katherine Ellison, Buzz: A Year of Paying Attention

Katherine EllisonSpend your morning with Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Katherine Ellison as she digs into the medical facts on the unfortunate falsehoods around, and her own experiences with, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Originally begun as a mother's story (her son Buzz was diagnosed with ADHD) this "absorbing, sharply observed memoir" is also her own story, as she learned that Buzz was not the only person in her family with ADHD—she, too, received the diagnosis. Learn how living with ADHD with grace and even humor (Ms. Ellison is as funny as she is insightful) can bring life into a surprisingly sharp focus.

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Lunch & Talk

12:00 P.M. ....... Mary-Lou Weisman, Al Jaffee's MAD Life

Mary-Lou WeismanBorn in Savannah, Georgia, uprooted to a Lithuanian shtetl, and—eventually—gone stark, raving MAD (MAD magazine, that is), Al Jaffee has led a singular life. His story is recounted on the page and in person by Mary-Lou Weisman, whose page-turning biography of the page-folding artist is an uproarious and engaging look at a cultural icon. Have your lunch with the biographer and learn more about an artist Stan Lee calls "incredibly creative, supremely talented… Al Jaffee is right up there at the top of the list."

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Saturday, November 12

Exclusive Underwriter Reception..............6:00 P.M.

PRELUDE TO YOM LIMMUD EVENING TALK

7:30 P.M. .......... Martin Fletcher, The List

Martin FletcherHis previous book, Walking Israel, won the Jewish National Book Award, and in his latest, NBC correspondent Martin Fletcher melds his own family history, with dramatic events in London and the Middle East following WWII, to create a novel like no other. Join us for an evening reading and Q&A with Martin Fletcher whose list of awards and honors is virtually endless: five Emmy awards, the duPont from Columbia University, five Overseas Press Club awards, several Edward R. Murrows awards, a Hugo gold medal for a documentary on Israel, and an award from the Royal Society of Television in Britain. Be there when he shares his story.

Admission: $16/Member; $19/Non-Member

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Master Partner with the Author, La Jolla Country Day School

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San Diego Jewish BookFair 2011 - Nov 3-10, 14, 15