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Literatour: 2011 Jewish Book Festival

2011 Jewish Book Festival Offers Nine Acclaimed Authors

During Jewish Book Month in November, The Springfield Jewish Community Center will host a lineup of nationally acclaimed authors as part of the community Jewish Book Festival, Literatour.
The book release party and children’s program for “The Shabbat Princess” by Northampton author Amy Meltzer will be held on Sunday, Oct. 30 at 10:30 a.m. at the Springfield JCC. Geared to families with children ages 2 to 7, this event is sponsored by The PJ Library and is free for JCC members and PJ Library families, and $5 for the general public. RSVP to Deb Cohen (413) 739-4715 or at dcohen@springfieldjcc.org.
Longmeadow native Jennifer Gardner Trulson, daughter of Ed and Linda Radding, will kick off the adult author lineup for the 2011 Literatour: Springfield Jewish Book Festival. Jennifer will be speaking at the JCC about her newly released book, “Where You Left Me” on Tuesday, Nov. at 7:30 p.m. Jennifer’s husband, Doug was killed in the attacks on the World Trade Center. “Where You Left Me” is an unlikely love story and is proof that second chances are possible. Sponsored by Sinai Temple thanks to a gift from Joel Cohen in memory of his wife, Marilyn. A dessert reception will follow. The program is free of charge for JCC and Sinai Temple members and $5 for the general public.
Mad Magazine illustrator Al Jaffee will be joined by “Al Jaffee’s Mad Life” author Mary-Lou Weisman on Sunday, Nov. 6 at 2 p.m. at the Storrs Library, 693 Longmeadow St., Longmeadow. Jaffee is best known for his trademark feature, the MAD Fold-In, which remains a regular in the magazine. This program is open to the public and free of charge.
On Wednesday, Nov. 9 at noon, Temple Beth El and The Anna P. Housen Desk of The Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts will sponsor a talk by Joan Leegant, author of “Wherever You Go,” a story set in Jerusalem, New York, and the hardline settlements in the West Bank.
This program, part of the Temple’s Lunch and Learn program, will be held at Beth El, 979 Dickinson St., Springfield. This program is free of charge for JCC and Temple Beth El members and $5 for the general public.
Tom Fields-Meyer, author of “Following Ezra: What One Father Learned About Gumby, Otters, Autism, and Love from His Extraordinary Son “ will speak on Monday, Nov. 14 at 7 p.m. at the JCC. This program is sponsored by PLACE, (Parents of Longmeadow Advisory Council for Education) and is free for JCC and PLACE members and $5 for the general public.
Sponsored by Baystate Health, author Ken Farbstein will speak about his book “Getting Your Best Health Care: Real-World Stories for Patient Empowerment” at the JCC on Sunday, Nov. 20 at 10:30 a.m. The event is free for JCC members and Baystate Health Senior Class members. There will be a $5 charge for all others at the door.
On Monday, Nov. 28, at 7 p.m., Kenneth Ginsburg, author of “Letting Go with Love and Confidence: Raising Responsible Self-Sufficient Teens in the 21st Century” will speak about his book, which offers practical advice on everyday challenging decisions. Part of the “Today’s Teens: Growing Towards Tomorrow” series of Sinai Temple, Temple Beth El, Springfield JCC and JFS. The program is free of charge.
On Wednesday, Nov. 30 at 7 p.m. Alyson Richman will talk about her book, “The Lost Wife.” As the threat of WWII looms over Prague, Lenka and Josef marry, are subsequently separated during the war and believe that each has died. After 60 years, at a chance meeting, they meet again. This program is free of charge for JCC members and $5 for the general public.
“A Conversation with best-selling author Anita Diamant” will take place on Sunday, Dec. 4 at 9 a.m. for a breakfast program at the Springfield JCC and at 3:30 p.m. at Congregation B’nai Israel, 253 Prospect St. Northampton.  Diamant is the author of 11 books including six non-fiction guides to contemporary Jewish life and she will offer parenting advice for both Jewish and interfaith families.  Childcare will be available and this program is free and open to the community.  Co-sponsored by Try A Synagogue (a program of Congregation B’nai Torah, Sinai Temple, Temple Beth El, the Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts, (funded by a grant from the Harold Grinspoon Foundation), JFS of Western Massachusetts, and the Springfield JCC.  The Northampton event is co-sponsored by the Upper Valley Synagogue Collaborative (Congregation Ahavas Achim, Congregation Beit Ahavah, Congregation B’nai Israel, Congregation Rodphey Shalom, Congregation Sons of Zion, Jewish Community of Amherst, Temple Israel, and a grant from the Harold Grinspoon Foundation).
The final Literatour event on Thursday, Dec. 8 at 7 p.m. will feature Thanassis Cambanis, author of “A Privilege to Die: Inside Hezbollah’s Legions and Their Endless War Against Israel.”  The event, to be held at the JCC, is sponsored by The Anna P. Housen Desk of The Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts.
All Literatour authors’ books will be sold in The Literatour Book Store from Sunday, Oct. 30 through Tuesday, Nov. 14. All books will be sold and signed at each author event. All author events, unless otherwise noted, will be held at The Springfield JCC, Neal Webber Building, 1160 Dickinson St. Pre-registration is recommended, but not required. Call the JCC at (413) 739-4715 to register. For more information, visit www.springfieldjcc.org

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