17 Authors • 15 Events November 9, 2021 through March 17, 2022
People of the Book Wednesday, Feb. 2 2022
Schedule of Events
Check the events you will be attending for easy reference: o Tuesday, Nov. 9 at 2 p.m. – Heather Cabot o Wednesday, Nov. 17 at 7 p.m. – Amy Schwartz o Monday, Nov. 22 at 2 p.m. – Mark Sullivan o Thursday, Dec. 2 at 2 p.m. – Judy Batalion o Friday, Dec. 10 at 10 a.m. – Lauren Fox
o Tuesday, Jan. 25 at 7 p.m. – Charles Lichtman and Alexander Weinstein o Wednesday, Feb. 2. at 7 p.m. – PEOPLE OF THE BOOK Joshua Greene o Thursday, Feb. 10 at 2 p.m. – Leah Garrett o Wednesday, Feb. 16 at 2 p.m. –
o Friday, Dec. 17 at 2 p.m. – Annabelle Gurwitch
Jonathan Santlofer and Tracy Walder
o Thursday, Jan. 6 at 2 p.m. – Joshua Jay
o Friday, Feb. 25 at 12 p.m. – Jan Cherubin
o Wednesday, Jan. 12 at 7 p.m. – Silvia Foti
o Thursday, Mar. 17 at 2 p.m. – Eddie Shapiro
o Wednesday, Jan. 19 at 12 p.m. – Bob Abelman
Did you notice our new logo? “Better Together,” what exactly do we mean? by Gayle Dorio, JBF Chair
here are several meanings actually. When we started planning this, the 7th Jewish Book Festival for Greater Naples, we expected the COVID19 pandemic would be winding down. We hoped that with vaccinations and people following safety guidelines, we would be able to meet a few times in person. We planned nine virtual events and six inperson events with the first in-person event scheduled for the beginning of December. Of course, with live streaming, it is entirely
possible to enjoy the book festival via Zoom. No worries though, we will remain flexible, making changes, if needed. Above all, everyone’s health and well-being are our primary concerns. So, “better together” means we love seeing one another and being together in person. It also means that it is wonderful to have both options — virtual and in person. Why not?! “Better together” also means that when we come together to support our
community, we all benefit. Each year, the book festival has enjoyed growth and support from our patrons, sponsors and you — our community members who attend. Your generosity and commitment to the book festival show what a wonderful community we have. You value the cultural arts, and you enjoy the opportunity to further your education, be entertained and inspired! “Better together” means it takes hardworking, dedicated individuals to plan,
organize and execute a book festival. The Jewish Book Festival Committee members; Reneé Bialek, the amazing program director for Jewish Federation of Greater Naples; and Larry Israelite, guru in all things, have been essential in putting this together. I can’t thank everyone enough! We did this together and we hope you enjoy every author, every book and every event! Thank you!
Answers to your burning questions! Q: How do I register for a book festival event? A: Visit www.Jewish BookFestival.org • You will receive a confirmation email after you register. The Zoom link will be emailed one to two hours prior to each event and is good for your entire household. • Event reservations are not transferable. Please do not forward the Zoom link. • Payments are not tax-deductible. • If a start time or author needs to be changed, you will be notified via email. • If an author cancels, an attempt will be made to reschedule the author; your original reservation will be good for the rescheduled event. • No refunds unless the entire event is canceled. • Books may be purchased at Barnes & Noble at Waterside Shops and online at barnesandnoble.com and amazon.com. If you have any questions, please email Reneé, Program Director, at rbialek@ jewishnaples.org.
Q: Why should one become a Patron of the Jewish Book Festival? A: Many reasons! People tell us their most important reason is knowing that their support is integral to the success of the Jewish Book
Festival. The generosity of our Patrons helps underwrite expenses of our Jewish Book Festival. In addition, money raised helps our Jewish Federation of Greater Naples fulfill its mission of building a vibrant Jewish community in Greater Naples and supporting the social service needs of the Jewish people in our community, in North America, in Israel and around the world. There are three Patron levels: Platinum at $500, Silver at $225 and Bronze at $118. If purchased separately, the cost for the entire festival is $230; you save money at both the Silver and Bronze levels. • Patrons will be acknowledged in the Federation Star as well as on the Jewish Book Festival webpage. • Patrons are preregistered for each event; you simply sign up once. Platinum Patrons receive additional benefits: • One copy of the author book of their choice • Invitations to one virtual and one inperson Patron gathering with book festival authors following their presentations • Preferred seating at in-person events Silver Patrons receive additional benefits: • Invitation to one virtual Patron gathering with book festival author following their presentation • Preferred seating at in-person events
More questions Q: I am not sure if I want to attend in-person events, how should I register? A: It’s best to choose in-person events now, before they fill up. You can always let Reneé know in advance your desire to switch to Zoom. As long as there are seats at the venue, you can switch from Zoom to in-person. Q: What is Zoom and how do I get it? A: Zoom is free to all. Please download the app. Reneé is happy to give you a personal tutorial if you have never used Zoom. Q: I want to buy a book and I want it signed by the author, but I don’t want to attend the in-person event. What do you suggest I do? A: After you purchase the book via the JBF registration link, please email Reneé to let her know that she needs to get the book signed and save it for you until you can personally pick it up from the JFGN office. Q: I know of a professional who has an office in Naples and in Ohio. How can they sponsor an event? A: Please have the potential sponsor contact Reneé. It’s never too late to be a sponsor! Q: I received the Zoom link, but the link says it is not available. What does this mean?
A: The Zoom link will be emailed two hours prior to the start of each event. If you click on it earlier than the start time, Zoom will say “Waiting for host to start the meeting.” If you get any other error message, please email Reneé ASAP! Q: Who should I call if I can’t attend or have any issues with Zoom? A: Please do not call Reneé or the JFGN office. Please email Reneé to let her know you are having issues. If you include your phone number, she will call you if she can’t resolve the problem via email. Q: I am a Patron, and I would like my spouse/friend to sit with me. Can you save me an extra seat? How much is an additional ticket? A: Reserved seating is for Platinum and Silver Patrons. You are more than welcome to sit with your friend/spouse in general seating. Please notify Reneé so that she can release your reserved seat. Additional tickets can be purchased via the JBF website. Q: I am a Platinum and my BFF is a Bronze. Can we sit together? A: Yes, you can sit together! You can both sit in the general section. Please notify Reneé that your reserved seating is being released. If you have additional questions, contact Reneé at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jewish Book Festival Committee We greatly appreciate your support!
Author Review Team: Jan Goldman & Carol Hirsch | Book Review Specialist: Carole Greene Tracy Askotzky, Emily Berkowitz, Patti Boochever, Steve Brazina, Louise Forman, Spencer Forman, Judith Finer Freedman, Sherry Greenfield, Lenore Greenstein, Ronna Hain, Bobbie Katz, Ida Margolis, Jeff Margolis, Robin Mintz, Susan Pittelman, Irene Pomerantz, Estelle Rauch, Gale Schulman, Dina Shein, Iris Shur, Linda Simon, Marc Simon, Elaine Soffer, Phyllis Strome, Steve Yussen
Book Festival Chair: Gayle Dorio | Program Director: Reneé Bialek
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Schedule of Events: Schedule of Events: 2019-20 Greater Naples Jewish Book Festival!
2021-22 Jewish Book Festival 17 Authors • 15 Events Register at www.JewishBookFestival.org
Heather Cabot “The New Chardonnay: The Unlikely Story of How Marijuana Went Mainstream”
Amy Schwartz “Can Robots Be Jewish?: And Other Pressing Questions of Modern Life”
A deeply researched journey into the new world of legal cannabis by an award-winning reporter. From edibles to CBD lotions to Martha Stewart’s recipes for marijuana munchies, this narrative posits that pot has shed its stoner image. Author Cabot is an acclaimed journalist, keynote speaker, and contributor to ForbesWomen. She has taught part-time at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and serves on the J-school alumni board.
Rabbis span the range of modern Jewish thought to agree — or not — on questions we often ponder. Should we edit our children’s genes? Do Jews still expect the Messiah? Are we commanded to vote? When does life begin? Can robots be Jewish? Author Schwartz is Moment Magazine’s opinion and book editor, as well as editor of the magazine’s popular “Ask the Rabbis” section. She runs workshops nationwide on topics of Jewish commentary, psalms and literature.
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Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2 p.m. virtual • $10
Lauren Fox “Send For Me”
Wednesday, Nov. 17, 7 p.m. virtual, in conversation • $10
Annabelle Gurwitch “You’re Leaving When?: Adventures In Downward Mobility”
Dreaming of her future while working at her parents’ bakery in Feldenheim, Germany, Annelise dismisses rumors of anti-Jewish sentiment on the rise. She falls in love, marries, has a baby — all as dangers grow closer. When given the chance to emigrate to America, Annelise and her husband must leave their parents behind — to an uncertain and likely disastrous future. Author Fox has written numerous novels and seen her work appear in prestigious publications such as The New York Times, Marie Claire, Parenting, and Psychology Today.
In these essays, Gurwitch gives irreverent yet empathetic voice to a generation hurtling into the future with no safety net. She embraces homesharing by welcoming a young couple and a bunny into her home. She relearns how to parent her college student offspring shedding the gender binary. She flunks the magic of tidying up. All stories prove that our no-frills new normal does not mean a deficit of humor. Actress, activist, and author of five books, Gurwitch received a 2020 Excellence in Journalism award from the Los Angeles Press Club.
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Friday, Dec. 10, 10 a.m. virtual • $10
Bob Abelman “All the World’s a Stage Fright”
What starts as a stunt to increase readership for the Cleveland Jewish Chronicle becomes much more. Local theater critic Bob Abelman accepts an acting role with a top-tier theater company so he can write about the experience from the inside. When the play he’s cast in turns out to be Shakespeare’s “As You Like It,” he confesses “an irrational, overriding, mind-numbing fear” of Shakespeare. Author Abelman relates his personal battle with the Bard with laugh-outloud humor, creating a tale full of twists and turns, endearing characters and behind-the-curtain action. Sponsored by TheatreZone
Wednesday, Jan. 19, 12 noon virtual • $10
Friday, Dec. 17, 2 p.m. Beth Tikvah and virtual • $18
Charles Lichtman “The Sword of David”
Lichtman, an expert in Middle East affairs, uses that expertise in the creation of his n Ark of the Covenant, but then must search for the Ten Commandments tablets. Along t consortium of Islamic states and terrorists planning a simultaneous attack to obliterate d Weinstein’s “Universal Love” welcomes readers to a near-future world where technolo stories spotlight emotions. In one, a young boy tries to understand why his father can’t s mother’s hologram better than she ever knew her mother when living. Author Weinstein, a professor of creative writing, has received numerous awards for h
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“The Last Green Valley”
“The Light of Days”
A young family in the midst of WW II faces excruciating choices: Do they flee from Stalin’s forces pushing into Ukraine or wait for the Soviet bear’s intrusion and risk a bleak future in Siberia? Or do they reluctantly accept the protection of Hitler’s SS pledged to protect “pure-blood” Germans and evacuate Ukraine for who-knows-where? Author Sullivan is the acclaimed author of more than 20 novels, including the #1 Kindle bestselling “Beneath a Scarlet Sky” and the #1 New York Times bestselling “Private” series, which he writes with James Patterson. Sponsored by Casual Connection
Monday, Nov. 22, 2 p.m. virtual• $10
A cadre of Jewish women in Poland use courage, guile and nerves of steel to transform Jewish youth groups into resistance cells to fight the Nazis. They flirt, bribe and seduce their German captors, then kill them. They bomb German train lines and blow up a town’s water supply. Author Judy Batalion, Jill of many trades, writes essays and articles for such publications as The New York Times, Washington Post, Vogue, Forward, Salon, and Jerusalem Post. Sponsored by WCA and Collier/Lee Hadassah
Thursday, Dec. 2, 2 p.m. virtual, in conversation • $10.
“How Magicians Think”
“The Nazi’s Granddaughter”
One of the world’s most accomplished magicians not only reveals the artistry, history and traditions of magic, but also brings us directly into the mind of a magician. He describes how they develop their skills, conjure up illusions and delight their audiences. While doing so, he reveals another kind of secret: what it takes to follow your heart and achieve excellence. Named “Magician of the Year” in 2012, author Jay has made noteworthy appearances on The Tonight Show and The Late Late Show. He has performed and lectured on magic all over the world.
Growing up in Chicago, Foti was treated like royalty in her tightly knit Lithuanian community. Why? Because her grandfather was hailed as a hero, a martyr for Lithuanian independence, and an unblemished patriot. He’d resisted his country’s German and Soviet occupiers in WW II and survived two years in a Nazi concentration camp, only to be executed in 1947 by the KGB. But author Foti, a journalist and teacher, in 2000 learned a different story, and since then has published research on the deeds of her grandfather, who turned out to be an alleged perpetrator of the Holocaust in Lithuania.
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Thursday, Jan. 6, 2 p.m. Hilton Naples and virtual • $25
Wednesday, Jan. 12, 7 p.m. virtual • $10
exander Weinstein “Universal Love”
novel “The Sword of David.” Protagonist Chaim Klein unexpectedly finds the long-lost the way, he discovers the mystical, awe-inspiring sword of David. Klein must also stop a dozens of Western cities and, of course, Israel. ogies have altered the possibilities and limits of how we love one another. These gripping sever ties with the drowned city they call home. In another, a girl gets to know her dead
his short story collections.
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“Unstoppable: Siggi Wilzig’s Astonishing Journey from Auschwitz Survivor & Penniless Immigrant to Wall Street Legend” “Unstoppable” is the ultimate immigrant story. Deported to Auschwitz, Siggi used his wits to stay alive, pretending to possess skills the Nazis could exploit. After liberation, he went to work for the US Army hunting Nazis. Earning a visa to America, he vowed three promises: to never be hungry, to always support the Jewish people, to speak out against injustice. From humble beginnings, he made his way to CEO of a major company. Author Joshua Greene is a renowned Holocaust scholar and filmmaker whose biographies have sold more than half a million copies worldwide. Sponsored by Ginsberg Eye, Temple Shalom Men’s Club, People of The Book Patrons and Wollman, Gehrke & Associates, P.A.
Wednesday, Feb. 2, 7 p.m. • Temple Shalom $36 “People of the Book” event
Leah Garrett “X Troop: The Secret Jewish Commandos of World War II”
In the midst of WW II, a new commando group is formed of Jewish refugees who have escaped to Britain. Most hail from Germany and Austria, and many have been interned as enemy aliens. They’ve lost their homes, families, everything. This motley group of intellectuals, artists and athletes will stop at nothing to defeat the Nazis. Trained in counterintelligence and advanced combat, this top-secret unit becomes known as X Troop. Author Garrett is a professor at Hunter College and director of its Jewish Studies Department.
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Thursday, Feb. 10, 2 p.m. virtual • $10
Jonathan Santlofer “The Last Mona Lisa”
Tracy Walder “The Unexpected Spy” Santlofer begins his novel in August 1911, when Vincent Peruggia steals the famous Mona Lisa portrait. What happens in the two years before its recovery remains a mystery. Art historians know that many replicas exist. Is the one returned to the Louvre real or a fake? In present time, art professor Luke Perrone digs for the truth behind his most famous ancestor, the thief Peruggia. His search for truth tumbles him deep into the world of art and forgery, of obsession and danger. Author Santlofer has written five novels and earned the Nero Wolfe Award for best crime novel of 2009. “The Unexpected Spy” is the true story of author Tracy Walder’s tenure in the CIA and, later, the FBI. She tells of her assignments to watch al-Qaeda members with drones while President Bush looked over her shoulder and CIA Director George Tenet brought her donuts. Driven to stop terrorism, Walder debriefed terrorists — men who swore they’d never speak to a woman — until they gave her leads. Author Walder received many awards for her service from CIA and some foreign intelligence offices. She served as Staff Operations Officer in the CIA’s Counterterrorism Center before, during and after September 11, 2001. Sponsored by Naples Jewish Congregation and Wollman, Gehrke & Associates, P.A.
Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2 p.m. • NJC and virtual • $18
Jan Cherubin “The Orphan’s Daughter”
A work of literary fiction, this debut novel depicts the life of a girl growing up in the shadow of her charismatic but troubled father, Clyde Aronson. The cruelties of Clyde’s boyhood in a Depression-era Jewish orphanage have scarred him. He yearns for a son to replace the relationship lost when his father abandoned him. Instead, he fathers daughters, the younger of which — Joanna — receives most of his resentment because she most resembles him. Author Cherubin worked as a fact checker at New York magazine, a staff writer at the New York Daily News, an editor at Seventeen Magazine, a playwright, and a standup comic.
Eddie Shapiro “A Wonderful Guy”
This compilation of intimate, career-encompassing conversations with 19 of Broadway’s most prolific and fascinating leading men comes as a follow-up to his earlier book, “Nothing Like A Dame: Conversations with the Great Women of Musical Theater.” As a theater journalist, Shapiro digs deep into each actor’s career, fleshing out the story of what it means to be a leading man on Broadway over the past 50 years. Author Shapiro grew up singing music from every cast album he could get his hands on. He is the son of Arlene and Don Shapiro of Naples.
Sponsored by Temple Shalom Sisterhood and Elli Taylor, John R. Wood Properties
Sponsored by Jewish Congregation of Marco Island and Wollman, Gehrke & Associates, P.A.
Friday, Feb. 25, 12 noon virtual • $10
Thursday, March 17, 2 p.m. JCMI and virtual • $18
A special Thank You to our Patrons P L AT I N U M Patti Bloom
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Diane Goldstein Carole Greene Sherry Greenfield Lenore Greenstein Ronna Hain Linda Hamburger Carol Hirsch Rolly Jacob Bobbie Katz Gracia Kuller Bernie Lashinsky Dana Lefkowitz Bettye Leibowitz
Rick & Marla Osgood Terri Polacheck Mae Riefberg Susan Ritter Adrienne Russ Iris Shur Anita Siegal Arlene Sobol Elaine Soffer Nancy Wiadro Jack Wiadro Leona Wreschner Susan Yale
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Marty Dorio Geri Feldman Sheila Frank Nancy Garfinkel Darryl Garfinkel Molly Getnick Annette Goldenberg Marilyn Goldenberg Melvin Goldfine Hannah Goodman Ellen Gordon Heather Greenfield Elaine Griver Howard Herman Mona Herman Linda Hirsch Burton Hirsch Melissa Keel Susan Koeppel Lisa Lauber
Lynette Lederman Hilda Levine Ida Margolis Harriet Matz Lynn Maxim Stephen McCloskey Audrey Meyer Lynn Miller Karen Moss Karen Mullins Sara Newman Judi Palay Judith Picus Joel Pittelman Estelle Rauch Ellen Rodwick JoEllen Rubenstein Diane Schwartz Harriet Schweitzer Millie Sernovitz
*As of October 12, 2020. Updated lists will be published in several issues of the Federation Star.
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