Speaker Series 2020

This series of talks by four authors from across the country is made available through the Jewish Book Council and funded by Seth Glick and Carolyn Slayton.

Julie Orringer
The Flight Portfolio

“Bighearted, gorgeous, historical, suspenseful, everything you want a novel to be” (—Andrew Sean Greer, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Less), a new book inspired by the World War II story you’ve never heard—the real-life quest of an unlikely hero to save the lives and work of Europe’s great minds from the impending Holocaust.

February 16, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.

Yousef Bashir
The Words of My Father

A Palestinian-American activist recalls his adolescence in Gaza during the Second Intifada, and how he made a strong commitment to peace in the face of devastating brutality in this moving, candid, and transformative memoir that reminds us of the importance of looking beyond prejudice, anger, and fear.

March 4, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.

Marra Gad
The Color of Love

An unforgettable memoir about a mixed-race Jewish woman who, after fifteen years of estrangement from her racist great-aunt, helps bring her home when Alzheimer’s strikes.

March 25, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.

Steve Israel
Big Guns

From Steve Israel, the congressman-turned-novelist who writes “in the full-tilt style of Carl Hiaasen” (The Washington Post), comes a comic tale about the mighty firearm industry, a small Long Island town, and Washington politics.

May 6, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.