Literature

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Florida JCCs Jewish Book Fest

Three weeks in October

  • Thursday, October 8, 7:30 pm: Thane Rosenbaum, Saving Free Speech … From Itself
  • Sunday, October 11, 7:30 pm: Jill Wine-Banks, The Watergate Girl: My Fight for Truth and Justice Against a Criminal President
  • Monday, October 12, 1:00 pm: Florida Author Spotlight
  • Monday, October 12, 7:30 pm: Cameron Douglas, Long Way Home and Dan Peres, As Needed for Pain: A Memoir of Addiction
  • Wednesday, October 14, 1:00 pm: Esther Amini, Concealed: Memoir of a Jewish-Iranian Daughter Caught Between the Chador and America and Jonathan Kaufman, The Last Kings of Shanghai
  • Sunday, October 18, 11:00 am: Michael Ian Black, A Better Man: A (Mostly) Serious Letter to My Son and Cleo Stiller, Modern Manhood
  • Sunday, October 18, 4:00 pm: Jo Ivestor, Once a Girl, Always a Boy and Mimi Lemay, What We Will Become
  • Tuesday, October 20, 12:00 - 4:00 pm: Fiction Forum: A Novel Idea...4 Hours! 8 Great Authors!
  • Tuesday, October 20, 7:30 pm: Erica Katz, The Boys' Club and Anna Solomon, The Book of V
  • Thursday, October 22, 7:30 pm: Ruth Behar, Letters from Cuba
  • Closing Event - Sunday, October 25, 4:00 pm: Brad Meltzer and Illustrator Christopher Eliopolos, I am Anne Frank | I am Benjamin Franklin
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Not included with virtual membership, $75 for the series, $10 per program
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A Literary Afternoon

Personal appearances by noted authors, discussions and book signings. Learn about their works and the creative process.

Tuesdays, 3:00 pm

  • November 17: Rachel Beanland, Florence Adler Swims Forever
  • December 15: Susan Jane Gilman, Donna Has Left the Building
  • January 19: Joanna Hershon, St. Ivo: A Novel
  • February 16: Heidi Pitlor, Impersonation
  • March 16: Ilana Masad, All My Mother's Lovers
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FREE for virtual members, $45 for series for non-members, $10 for individual programs for non-members
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This series is generously underwritten by Gerald Golden (of blessed memory), Charna Larkin, Elsa Sheldon, The Myrna Lippman Literary Fund and Boca Raton Regional Hospital. The Levis JCC is a member of the Jewish Book Network sponsored by the Jewish Book Council.

The Levis JCC Book Club

A monthly review and lively discussion of books.

Thursdays, 10:00 am

  • September 17: The Girl With the Louding Voice, Abi Dare
  • October 1: The Redhead by The Side of the Road, Anne Tyler
  • November 5: Florence Adler Swims Forever, Rachel Beanland
  • December 3: The Vanishing Half, Brit Bennett
  • January 7: Apeirigon, Colum McCann
  • February 4: The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek, Kim Michele Richardson
  • March 4: Swanplandia, Karen Russel
  • April 1: The Color of Water, James McBride
  • May 6: Hum if You Don’t Know the Words, Bianca Marais
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Levis JCC Book Festival in Your Living Room

Twelve author talks and Q & A events in September, October, and November Presented in partnership with the National JCC Literary Consortium

  • Wednesday, September 23, 8:00 pm, Jodi Picoult, The Book of Two Ways: A Novel, in Conversation with Judy Blume
  • Wednesday, September 30, 8:00 pm, Deepak Chopra, Total Meditation: Practices In Living the Awakened Life, with guest host Nadia Bilchik CNN Editorial Producer
  • Tuesday, October 6, 8:00 pm, Casey Cep, Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee
  • Friday, October 16, 12:30 pm, Yotam Ottolenghi, Ottolenghi Flavor: A Cookbook
  • Monday, October 19, 8:00 pm: Jonathan Safran Foer, We Are the Weather
  • Sunday, October 25, 8:00 pm, Harlan Coben, The Boy From the Woods, in Conversation with Emily Giffin
  • Tuesday, October 27, 8:00 pm, Nancy Grace, Don’t be a Victim: Fighting Back against America’s Crime Wave, in conversation with John Lemley
  • Sunday, November 8, 1:00 pm, Natan Sharansky and Gil Troy, Never Alone
  • Sunday, November 8, 8:00 pm, Joan Lunden, Why Did I Come Into This Room? A Candid Conversation About Aging, in Conversation with Holly Firfer
  • Monday, November 9, 8:00 pm, Esther Safran Foer, I Want You to Know We’re Still Here: A Post Holocaust Memoir, in conversation with one of her sons
  • Tuesday, November 10, 8:00 pm, Dale Berra, My Dad, Yogi
  • Wednesday, November 11, 3:00 pm, John Grisham, A Time for Mercy
  • Saturday, November 14, 8:00 pm, Lawrence Wright, The End of October: A Novel
  • Sunday, November 15, 3:00 pm, Raffi Berg, Red Sea Spies: The True Story of Mossad’s Fake Diving Resort
  • Monday, November 16, 8:00 pm, Ariel Sabar, Veritas: A Harvard Professor, A Con Man, and the Gospel of Jesus’s Wife
  • Thursday, November 19, 8:00 pm: Michael J. Fox, No Time Like the Future: An Optimist Considers Mortality in Conversation with Harlan Coben
  • Sunday, November 22, 8:00 pm: David Baldacci, Daylight: An Atlee Pine Thriller
  • Wednesday, December 2, 7:30 pm, Ina Garten, Modern Comfort Food, in Conversation with Michael Ian Black, Comedian, Actor, and Author
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Florida JCCs Book & Author Series

Monthly panel discussions and conversations with authors, both fiction & nonfiction.

Thursdays, 1:00 pm

  • November 12: Jennifer Steinhauer, The Firsts and Marlene Trestman, Fair Labor Lawyer
  • December 10: Gavriel Savit, The Way Back
  • January 14: Alina Adams, Nesting Dolls and Charles Belfoure, The Faberge Secret
  • February 11: Jason Brian Rosenthal, My Wife Said You Might Want to Marry Me
  • March 11: Janice Kaplan, The Genius of Women
  • May 13: Bess Kalb, Nobody Will Tell You This Except Me and Dara Kurtz, I Am My Mother's Daughter
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