Myla Goldberg

Myla Goldberg, bestselling author of Bee Season, will present her newest book, The False Friend, on Thursday, Dec. 1, at 7 p.m. as the final author appearance of the 2011 Jewish Bookfair at the JCC. The False Friendis an astonishingly complex psychological drama of girls, cliques, choices, and consequences. It explores the adults that children become, leading us to question the truths we accept or reject, as well as the lies to which we succumb.”The False Friend is an astonishingly complex psychological drama of girls, cliques, choices, and consequences. It explores the adults that children become, leading us to question the truths we accept or reject, as well as the lies to which we succumb,” said Bookfair Committee Chair Julie Wasserstrom.After her presentation, Goldberg and Rosalind Wiseman, a national expert on youth bullying, will lead a panel discussion entitled, “False Friends: Helping Children Navigate Cliques, Bullying and other Forms of Social Cruelty and Build a More Just and Compassionate Community.” Wiseman is the author of Queen Bees and Wannabes: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends, and the New Realities of Girl World, which was the basis for the movie “Mean Girls.” Her follow-up book, Queen Bee Moms and Kingpin Dads, addresses the social hierarchies and conflicts among parents.

Tickets are $5 for JCC members and $7 for non-members, and are available at the door or in advance by calling the JCC at (614) 231-2731. The event is sponsored by Matrix Psychological Services and OSU Hillel, with additional support from the Women of Tifereth Israel and the Temple Israel Sisterhood.

Leading up to Goldberg’s and Wiseman’s presentations and panel discussion will be a FREE facilitated book discussion of Bee Season, on Nov. 30, at 7 p.m., at the JCC New Albany, 150 E. Granville St., New Albany. Participants will receive a free ticket to the Goldberg and Wiseman event on Dec. 1.

Funding for the JCC’s Jewish Bookfair is made possible through a grant from the Lenore Schottenstein and Community Jewish Arts Endowment of the Columbus Jewish Foundation, and many other community sponsors. For additional JCC Jewish Bookfair information, including purchasing tickets and ordering books, call the JCC front desk at (614) 231-2731, or contact Debbie Vinocur at (614) 559-6214.

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Joshua Gleis

Joshua Gleis, author of Withdrawing Under Fire: Lessons Learned from Islamist Insurgencies, was the featured author on Oct. 25 at the JCC. An analyst and consultant on International Security, Joshua Gleis presented topics of the Middle East, terrorism, Israel, Palestinians, and matters of international security that affect us all on a daily basis.

Randy Susan Meyers

Randy Susan Meyers, presented The Murderer’s Daughters, on Oct. 26. A compelling story about two Jewish sisters on a journey to overcome the collateral damage of family violence. Two young sisters are left orphaned after witnessing their father kill their mother. Following their father’s imprisonment, the girls suffer at the hands of uncaring relatives, a tough-as-nails orphanage and, finally, a foster family ill-equipped to nurture them. As they mature and cope with their traumatic past in dramatically different ways, their imprisoned father remains a specter in their lives, affecting every decision they make. Inspired by the author’s childhood, Randy Susan Meyer’s novel inspired our community to take a hard look at Jewish Domestic Violence and the influence it has over the youngest victims.

Jonathan Eig

New York Times bestselling author, Jonathan Eig, presented his new book, Capone, on Nov. 2 at the JCC. Drawing on thousands of pages of recently discovered government documents, wiretap transcripts, and handwritten personal letters, Eig’s new book tells the dramatic story of the rise and fall of the notorious criminal in rich, new detail. From the moment he arrived in Chicago in 1920, Capone found himself in a world of limitless opportunity. He was an impetuous, affable young man of average intelligence, ill-prepared for fame and fortune, whose most notable characteristic was his scarred left cheek. Yet, within a few years, Capone controlled an illegal bootlegging business with an annual revenue rivaling that of some of the largest corporations in America. Along the way, he corrupted the Chicago polic force and local courts, while becoming one of the first international celebrities. Eig discussed the Mob, gangsters, and prominent Jewish figures in the story of Al Capone.

Alyson Richman

Alyson Richman, author of The Lost Wife was the guest author at the JCC on Nov. 3. As the threat of WWII looms over Prague, a talented young artist and a young medical student fall in love. Hoping to escape to America, they marry, but soon find themselves forced to make a decision that will have irrevocable consequences. From the glamour of pre-War Prague before the Occupation, to the ensuing horrors of Nazi Europe, and to the struggles of refugees to adapt to a contemporary America, Richman explores the endurance of first love, the resilience of the human spirit, and the power of memory. Based on true accounts, and with input from Columbus natives, The Lost Wife is a treat for book clubs and book lovers alike!

Hasia Diner

Hasia Diner was the guest author at the JCC on Sunday, Nov. 6, in a joint partnership with The Melton Center for Judaic Studies at The Ohio State University. Dr. Diner, an American historian, presented, “We Remember With Reverence and Love: American Jews and the Myth of Silence after the Holocaust, 1945-1962.” She is the Paul S. and Sylvia Steinberg Professor of American Jewish History, History Professor of Hebrew and Judaic Studies, and Director of the Goldstein-Goren Center for American Jewish History at New York University.