2013-2014 Jewish Book Festival
Read. Listen. Learn. Laugh.

Dear Friends,

Here we are, starting our 21st season of the Mandell JCC Jewish Book Festival! This year we kick off with a celebration of Jewish Book Week November 6-13 – with 5 great events to fill your calendar, including a fashionably fall edition of Book meets Film, featuring author Jane Weitzman; and the fascinating documentary, Dressing America: Tales From the Garment Center. Our Signature Events debut Thursday, November 7, with Food & Foodies and continue throughout the year, Standing Up with Marion Grodin; chatting with Randy Susan Meyers, B.A. Shapiro and Jessica Soffer about their novels (Can’t Put It Down); and finishing the year with four Fascinating Females, Mindy Budgor, Tania Grossinger, Lynn Povich and Lori Rotskoff. We bring you authors from around the globe and our own backyard, events for adults and children, book clubs, and the entire community. Join us for another amazing literary year of Signature Events and Extra Chapters.

All the best,

Becky Azia & Michalee Merritt Jill Ziplow
Festival Co-chairs Festival Director

Signature Events

Food & Foodies
, November 7, 2013
7:00 pm

  • Mark Russ Federman
  • Louisa Shafia
  • Allen Salkin
  • Martha Kalen, Moderator

Standing Up
Saturday, January 25, 2014
8:00 pm

  • Marion Grodin

Can’t Put It Down
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
7:00 pm

  • Randy Susan Meyers
  • B.A. Shapiro
  • Jessica Soffer
  • Julia Pistell, Moderator

Fascinating Females
Thursday, May 8, 2014
7:30 pm

  • Mindy Budgor
  • Tania Grossinger
  • Lynn Povich
  • Lori Rotskoff

Extra Chapters

Batter Up!
With author Jane Leavy

Sunday, October 20 – 5 pm

Brunch & Learn
Wednesday, November 6 – 12 pm

Great Children’s Read
Sunday, November 10 – 9:30 am

Book Meets Film
Monday, November 11 -11:30 am

Dr. Deborah Lipstadt –
75th Anniversary of the
Kristallnacht Pogroms

Monday, November 11 – 7:30 pm

Hot Buzz about Books
& Book Clubs

Wednesday, November 13 – 7 pm

One Book
One Jewish Hartford

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 – 7:30 pm

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Signature Event
$20 per person

Signature Series
$75 per person

Series Plus
$100 per person

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