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Literatour Announces Winter/Spring Lineup

SPRINGFIELD – Literatour, the Springfield JCC’s celebration of Jewish books and authors, has announced its Winter/Spring 2020 programming lineup. Literatour events take place in different locations throughout the area, welcoming a robust list of best-selling writers. 

“Our Winter/Spring season will be an opportunity to engage in conversation and enjoy a diverse slate of literary events,” said Deb Krivoy, the JCC’s Director of Cultural Arts and Education. “Literatour continues its proud tradition of showcasing Jewish authors who bring stories, wisdom, humor and inspiration to our community.”

Scheduled to appear from February through May are the following authors:


Jenna Blum
The Lost Family
Thursday, Feb. 13
7 p.m. at the Springfield JCC, 1160 Dickinson St.
Admission: FREE for JCC members, $7 general public

Peter Rashkin, an Auschwitz survivor and owner of a Manhattan restaurant, falls for June Bouquet, 20 years his junior. Peter had resigned himself to a solitary life consumed by guilt over surviving the Holocaust. When June becomes pregnant, Peter proposes, believing that a new family will allow him to let go of his past. But over the next two decades, the horrors of his past will overshadow Peter, June, and their daughter Elsbeth. 

Co-sponsored by Life Lessons: The William & Margery Sadowsky Center for Adult Learning


Alana Newhouse
The 100 Most Jewish Foods: A Highly Debatable List
Thursday, March 5
7 p.m. at Yiddish Book Center
Admission: FREE for JCC & Yiddish Book Center members; $7 general public

Tablet’s list of the 100 most Jewish foods is about the most significant foods culturally and historically to the Jewish people, explored deeply with essays, recipes, stories, and context. Informative, quirky, and rich with layers of tradition and history, this book celebrates the one unwavering constant of Jewish life: food. Alana Newhouse is the editor-in-chief and founder of Tablet.

Co-sponsored by the Yiddish Book Center


David R. Dow
Confessions of an Innocent Man
Thursday, April 30, 7 p.m., at Springfield JCC
Admission: FREE for JCC members; $7 general public

Bachelor Rafael Zhettah falls in love with Tieresse, a billionaire and philanthropist. When she is murdered, he is convicted of the crime and sentenced to death. But for Rafael, death row is not the end; it is only the beginning as he attempts to get justice. David R. Dow is a professor at the University of Houston Law Center, and founding director of the Texas Innocence Network.


B.A. Shapiro
The Collector’s Apprentice
Thursday, May 21
2 p.m. at Glenmeadow Retirement
Admission: FREE

Everyone in Belgium believes Paulien Mertens stole millions in a con perpetuated by her then-fiancé. Creating a new identity, she sets out to prove her innocence, working with eccentric art collector Edwin Bradley. She’s soon caught up in the Parisian world of post-Impressionists, expatriates and intrigue. B. A. Shapiro is the author of eight novels, including the award-winning New York Times bestseller The Art Forger and the bestseller The Muralist.

Co-sponsored by Glenmeadow Retirement

Books will be available for purchase at all events, and authors will sign books immediately following their presentations. Reservations are strongly recommended. To register for an event, email or call (413) 739-4715, ext., 308. Learn more at

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