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SAVE THE DATE: Book Festival Preview Event at Saks Fifth Avenue

Be among the first to hear about the author's scheduled for this year’s festival. Special guests will be Rachelle Bergstein, author of "Women From the Ankle Down" and Devan Sipher, author of "The Wedding Beat". Bergstein, a graduate of Vassar College, has written a unique and delightful romp through the history of shoes, the women who wore them, and the profound impact they have had on our lives. Sipher’s  comic novel is loosely based on the author’s real-life experience at The New York Times as a single, Jewish guy writing the “Vows” wedding column -- “always the wedding columnist, never the groom.” A portion of your purchases at Saks will be donated to the JCC of the Greater Palm Beaches.

Thursday, Oct 25; 6:30 – 9:00 p.m.

$75 (includes a $25 Saks gift card)

Saks Fifth Avenue, The Gardens Mall in Palm Beach Gardens

This program is generously sponsored Saks & BNY Mellon.

JCC Annual Book Festival Luncheon

Join us at this signature event as we celebrate Jewish Book Month. This year, we will welcome guest author Kati Marton. In her new book, "Paris: A Love Story" she shares how important a role Paris has played as the backdrop for the pivotal moments of her life.

Wednesday, Nov 14; 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

$75/Friend of the J; $85/Guests

$180 includes a signed book

Kravis Center for the Performing Arts Cohen Pavilion in West Palm Beach

Jewish Book Fair

Get a jump on your Hanukkah shopping with the latest Jewish-themed literary offerings. More than 300 titles for every interest and age, including those by guest authors appearing as part of the festival, available for purchase in the Cohen Pavilion lobby. Open to the public.

Wednesday, Nov 14; 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, Cohen Pavilion in West Palm Beach

JCC North, 4803 PGA Boulevard in Palm Beach Gardens

2nd Annual "Celebrating Sisterhood" Community Brunch

Women from area Synagogue sisterhoods are invited will come together. Participating synagogues include Temple Beth Am, Temple Beth David, Temple Beth El, Temple Emanu-El, Temple Israel, and Temple Judea. Guest author Ruth Nemzoff is a popular speaker on the topic of parenting adult children and family dynamics. In her new book, "Don’t Roll Your Eyes", she presents familiar situations with a touch of humor. Nemzoff is the author of "Don’t Bite Your Tongue", and has been featured in many national newspapers, including The Boston Globe, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today and the Jewish Advocate. She is a resident scholar at Brandeis University’s Women’s Studies Research Center.

Tuesday, Dec 18; 10:00 a.m. – Noon

$36; Temple Judea in Palm Beach Gardens


For decades, hordes of suburban Jews have filled movie theaters and Chinese restaurants on Christmas day. In the spirit of our love for food and laughter, screenwriter David Misch will talk about his book, "Funny: The Book". His screenwriting credits include "Mork and Mindy", "Police Squad!", "The Muppets Take Manhattan", "Saturday Night Live", and "Duckman".

Tuesday, Dec 25; 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.

$30/Friends of the J; $36/Guests

Palm Beach Gardens

JCC at the Norton

The JCC continues the tradition of having an art-themed author presentation during the festival. This year, Deby Eisenberg, once a synagogue book club leader who challenged herself to write a novel that her avid readers could not put down and would love to discuss will be featured. "Pictures of the Past" is a compelling saga sweeping through Chicago, Paris and Berlin, reliving events from pre-World War II Europe, but beginning in contemporary times. It has already been featured on the cover of the Chicago Jewish News and named to Best Fiction lists. The event will include the author’s presentation, lunch and a museum tour.

Wednesday, Jan 30; 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

$48/Friends of the J; $56/ guests (includes a signed book)

Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach

JCC North Book Club

Join other booklovers to read and discuss a variety of books, from memoir to fiction. Whenever possible we will arrange to have the author as part of the discussion via phone or Skype. Contact Lisa at 561-712-5209 or for questions about the book club.

Tues, Oct 9: "The Wedding Beat" by Devan Sipher

Tues, Nov 6: "Paris: A Love Story" by Kati Marton

Tues, Dec 11: "The Dove Keepers" by Alice Hoffman

Tues, Jan 8: "Pictures of the Past" by Deby Eisenberg

7:00 p.m.

Free and open to the public

JCC North

Novel Tea

Join us for tea and an arrangement of sandwiches. Meet Sharon Potts, author of "The Devil’s Madonna" and critically acclaimed author of three thriller novels about ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances.

Thursday; Nov 1; Noon

$25/Members; $35/Guests

Serenity Tea House in West Palm Beach


What better way to celebrate Christmas Day then to enjoy an evening of Chinese food with humorist David Misch, author of "Funny, the Book"?

Tuesday, Dec 25; 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

$25/Members; $30/Guests

Book Festival Luncheon

Meet Delia Ephron, author of "The Lion Is In". This book tells the story of three women who find a way to confront their complicated pasts and fight for the strange, embracing relationships they’ve formed out in the middle of nowhere. They ultimately navigate their way back to their own hearts- and ours.

Tuesday, Feb 5; 10:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

$50/Members; $55/Guests

Indian Springs Country Club in Boynton Beach

Conatct Melissa at 561.712.5226 for more information.

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