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Literatour to begin Oct. 27


SPRINGFIELD – The Springfield Jewish Community Center will present the Literatour Jewish Book Festival from Oct. 27 – Nov. 5, with another author set to appear in the spring.

Scheduled Literatour author appearances include:


orphan number eightKim van Alkemade
Orphan Number Eight
Tuesday, Oct. 27
1 p.m.
Location: Glenmeadow Retirement Community

Orphan Number Eight tells the story of a woman who must choose between revenge and mercy when she encounters the doctor who subjected her to medical experiments in a Jewish orphanage.



making davidJoshua Muravchik
Making David Into Goliath: How the World Turned Against Israel
Wednesday, Oct. 28
7 p.m.
Location: Sinai Temple

Making David into Goliath traces the material pressures and intellectual fashions that reshaped world opinion of Israel.



i carry my motherLesléa Newman
I Carry my Mother
Monday, Nov. 2
7 p.m.
Location: Springfield JCC

Noted author Lesléa Newman will read from her book, I Carry My Mother, a sequence of poems exploring the author’s journey through her mother’s illness and death and her own grief.



my fat dadDawn Lerman
Wednesday, Nov. 4, Noon, Location: Temple Beth El






one nationPeter Manseau
One Nation Under Gods: A New American History
Thursday, Nov. 5
7 p.m.
Location: Springfield JCC

Peter Manseau shows in detail how the nation was shaped by multiple religious traditions, a rich interplay of beliefs making up the fabric of American life.



saving sophieRonald Balson
Saving Sophie
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
7 p.m.
Location: Springfield JCC

Six-year-old Sophie has been kidnapped by her grandfather and taken to his compound in Hebron. Sophie’s father is missing – along with $80 million of his client’s money. Once We Were Brothers characters Liam and Catherine return and are tasked with investigating the embezzlement, recovering Sophie and trying to prevent a major terrorist operation from occurring.


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Literatour is supported through funding provided by the Posnick Family Endowment Fund and the Norman and Frances Cohen Fund for Adult Arts and Education, and is also supported by Glenmeadow, Sinai Temple and Temple Beth El. For more information, contact Carlin Trietsch, Literature Coordinator, at (413) 739-4715, ext. 329 or

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