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Book Fest In Your Living Room

Presented in partnership with the JCC Literary Consortium

Don’t miss a minute of our annual virtual book festival, delivering renowned authors right into your living room!

No matter your interests—fiction to fantasy, cooking to current events, mystery to history—you’re sure to find presentations that surprise, engage, inform, and inspire.

Upcoming scheduled events below. You can also see many of the fantastic authors that Book Fest in Your Living Room has offered in the past!

Please note: Event times listed below are for the Pacific time zone; event times on ticketing page & confirmation are listed as the Eastern time zone. Please make your plans and mark your calendar accordingly.



David GrossmanDavid Grossman, More Than I Love My Life: A Novel
In Conversation with Jessica Handler, Award-Winning Author
Zoom Webinar + Q & A

Friday, October 22 • 10:00 am • Free Virtual Ticket Only/$36 Copy of Book + Virtual Ticket • Purchase Tickets

More Than I Love My Life is the story of three strong women: Vera, age ninety; her daughter, Nina; and her granddaughter, Gili, who at thirty-nine is a filmmaker and a wary consumer of affection. A bitter secret divides each mother and daughter pair, though Gili—abandoned by Nina when she was just three—has always been close to her grandmother.

With Gili making the arrangements, they travel together to Goli Otok, a barren island off the coast of Croatia, where Vera was imprisoned and tortured for three years as a young wife after she refused to betray her husband and denounce him as an enemy of the people. This unlikely journey—filtered through the lens of Gili’s camera, as she seeks to make a film that might help explain her life—lays bare the intertwining of fear, love, and mercy, and the complex overlapping demands of romantic and parental passion.

More Information on David Grossman and More Than I Love My Life: A Novel

More Than I Love My Life was inspired by the true story of one of David Grossman’s longtime confidantes, a woman who, in the early 1950s, was held on the notorious Goli Otok (“the Adriatic Alcatraz”). Grossman’s fearless examination of the human heart, this swift novel is a thrilling addition to the oeuvre of one of our greatest living novelists, whose revered moral voice continues to resonate around the world.

About the Author
David Grossman was born in Jerusalem. He is the author of numerous works of fiction, nonfiction, and children’s literature. His writing has appeared in The New Yorker and has been translated into more than forty languages. He is the recipient of many prizes, including the French Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, the Buxtehuder Bulle in Germany, and the Man Booker International Prize – in addition to many others. He lives in Jerusalem.

About the Moderator
Jessica Handler is the author of the novel The Magnetic Girl, winner of the 2020 Southern Book Prize, an Indie Next pick, Wall Street Journal Spring 2019 pick, Bitter Southerner Summer 2019 pick, and a SIBA Okra Pick. Her memoir, Invisible Sisters, was named one of the “Twenty Five Books All Georgians Should Read,” and her craft guide Braving the Fire: A Guide to Writing About Grief and Loss was praised by Vanity Fair magazine. Her writing has appeared on NPR, in Tin House, Drunken Boat, The Bitter Southerner, Brevity, Creative Nonfiction, Newsweek, The Washington Post, Electric Lit, and More Magazine. She teaches creative writing at Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, and lectures internationally on writing.

All books include shipping to the US and Canada only. Books will be shipped after the event and can take 7 – 10 business days to receive due to COVID-related USPS delays!

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Marie Benedict & Victoria Christopher MurrayMarie Benedict & Victoria Christopher Murray, The Personal Librarian
Zoom Webinar + Q & A

Monday, October 25 • 5:00 pm • $6 Virtual Ticket Only/$36 Copy of Book + Virtual Ticket • Purchase Tickets

The Instant New York Times Bestseller! A Good Morning America* Book Club Pick!

A remarkable novel about J. P. Morgan’s personal librarian, Belle da Costa Greene, the Black American woman who was forced to hide her true identity and pass as white in order to leave a lasting legacy that enriched our nation, from New York Times bestselling author Marie Benedict, and acclaimed author Victoria Christopher Murray.

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In her twenties, Belle da Costa Greene is hired by J. P. Morgan to curate a collection of rare manuscripts, books, and artwork for his newly built Pierpont Morgan Library. Belle becomes a fixture in New York City society and one of the most powerful people in the art and book world, known for her impeccable taste and shrewd negotiating for critical works as she helps create a world-class collection. But Belle has a secret, one she must protect at all costs. She was born not Belle da Costa Greene but Belle Marion Greener. She is the daughter of Richard Greener, the first Black graduate of Harvard and a well-known advocate for equality. Belle’s complexion isn’t dark because of her alleged Portuguese heritage that lets her pass as white—her complexion is dark because she is African American.

About the Authors
Marie Benedict is a lawyer with more than ten years’ experience as a litigator. A graduate of Boston College and the Boston University School of Law, she is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Only Woman in the Room, The Mystery of Mrs. Christie, Carnegie’s Maid, The Other Einstein, and Lady Clementine. All have been translated into multiple languages. She lives in Pittsburgh with her family.

Victoria Christopher Murray is an acclaimed author with more than one million books in print. She has written more than twenty novels, including Stand Your Ground, an NAACP Image Award Winner for Outstanding Fiction and a Library Journal Best Book of the Year. She holds an MBA from the NYU Stern School of Business.

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Michael Bar-ZoharMichael Bar-Zohar, The Mossad Amazons: The Amazing Women in the Israeli Secret Service
Zoom Webinar + Q & A

Tuesday, November 2 • 4:30 pm • $11 Virtual Ticket Only/$32 Copy of Book + Virtual Ticket • Purchase Tickets

From one of Israel’s foremost experts on espionage comes the exciting stories recounting the turbulent lives, loves and perilous missions of the greatest Mossad lohamot, the female warriors of the Israeli Secret Service.

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The stunning feats of these strong, bold women prove that they are equal to men, and often even better. Beside the nation’s enemies, they had to fight a painful solitude, an awkward attitude of their male colleagues, and often give up their dream of marriage and children. And still, they brilliantly carried out their missions. For many years, the activities of the Mossad lohamot were highly classified by the authorities. Today, the veil of secrecy has been lifted, and the Amazons’ incredible exploits have been cleared for publication. At last.

About the Author
Michael Bar-Zohar is a writer, public speaker and former professor at Emory University. He was a member of the Knesset, envoy to the Council of Europe and adviser to General Moshe Dayan. Dr. Bar-Zohar is the official biographer of David Ben-Gurion and one of Israel’s foremost experts on espionage. He is the co-author of the international bestseller, Mossad, The Great Missions of the Israeli Secret Service. Bar-Zohar’s books have been translated into 33 languages.

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Nicole KraussNicole Krauss, To Be a Man: Stories
In Conversation with Greg Changnon, Playwright and Former Book Club Columnist for the Atlanta Journal Constitution
Zoom Webinar + Q & A

Monday, November 8 • 5:00 pm • $11 Virtual Ticket Only/$24 Paperback Copy of Book + Virtual Ticket • Purchase Tickets

O, The Oprah Magazine’s 20 Best Titles of the Year; Time Magazine’s 100 Books to Read in 2020; Esquire’s Best Books of 2020; New York Times Editors’ Choice

In one of her strongest works of fiction yet, Nicole Krauss plunges fearlessly into the struggle to understand what it is to be a man and what it is to be a woman, and the arising tensions that have existed from the very beginning of time.

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“From a contemporary master, an astounding collection of ten globetrotting stories, each one a powerful dissection of the thorny connections between men and women….”–Esquire

Set in our contemporary moment, and moving across the globe from Switzerland, Japan, and New York City to Tel Aviv, Los Angeles, and South America, the stories in To Be a Man feature male characters as fathers, lovers, friends, children, seducers, and even a lost husband who may never have been a husband at all. Profound, poignant, and brilliant, Krauss’s stories are at once startling and deeply moving, but always revealing of all-too-human weakness and strength.

About the Author
Nicole Krauss is the author of the international bestsellers, Forest Dark, Great House, a finalist for the National Book Award and the Orange Prize, and The History of Love, which won the Saroyan Prize for International Literature and France’s Prix du Meilleur Livre Étranger, and was short-listed for the Orange, Médicis, and Femina prizes. Her fiction has been published in the New Yorker, the Atlantic, Harper’s Magazine, Esquire, and The Best American Short Stories, and her books have been translated into thirty-seven languages.

All books include shipping to the US and Canada only. Books will be shipped after the event and can take 7 – 10 business days to receive due to COVID-related USPS delays!

Presented in partnership with the National JCC Literary Consortium


Dorie GreenspanDorie Greenspan, Baking with Dorie: A Cookbook
In conversation with Melissa Clark, New York Times Bestselling Cookbook Author and Columnist
Zoom Webinar + Q & A

Tuesday, November 9 • 5:00 pm • $11 Virtual Ticket Only/$42 Copy of Book + Virtual Ticket • Purchase Tickets

Here’s your chance to ask the experts why your souffle keeps falling! Say “Dorie Greenspan” and think baking. The renowned author of 13 cookbooks and winner of five James Beard and two IACP awards offers a collection that celebrates the sweet, the savory, and the simple.

More Information on Dorie Greenspan and Baking with Dorie: A Cookbook

Every recipe is signature Dorie: easy—beginners can ace every technique in this book—and accessible, made with everyday ingredients. Are there surprises? Of course! You’ll find ingenious twists like Berry Biscuits. Footlong cheese sticks made with cream puff dough. Apple pie with browned butter spiced like warm mulled cider. A s’mores ice cream cake with velvety chocolate sauce, salty peanuts, and toasted marshmallows. It’s a book of simple yet sophisticated baking.

About the Author
Inducted into the James Beard Foundation’s Who’s Who of Food and Beverage in America, Dorie Greenspan is the author of Dorie’s Cookies, a 2017 James Beard Award-winner for Best Baking and Dessert book; Around My French Table, a New York Times bestseller that was named Cookbook of the Year by the IACP; Baking Chez Moi, also a Times bestseller; and Baking: From My Home to Yours, a James Beard Award winner. She lives in New York City, Westbrook, Connecticut, and Paris.

About the Interviewer
Melissa Clark is a food columnist for the New York Times Food Section, where she writes the popular column “A Good Appetite” and has starred in over 100 cooking videos. She’s also written 43 cookbooks, the latest of which, Kid In The Kitchen, is geared toward teaching ‘tweens and teens to cook. Her last book, Dinner In French, explores French cuisine with her characteristic Brooklyn je ne sais quoi. She’s also the recipient of two James Beard Awards and two IACP awards (International Association of Culinary Professionals), and her work has been selected for the Best American Food Writing series. Clark was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, where she now lives with her husband and daughter.

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Presented in partnership with the National JCC Literary Consortium


Alice HoffmanAlice Hoffman, The Book of Magic: A Novel
In Conversation with Holly Firfer, Atlanta Media Personality
Zoom Webinar + Q & A

Monday, November 15 • 5:00 pm • $11 Virtual Ticket Only/$36 Copy of Book + Virtual Ticket • Purchase Tickets

Master storyteller Alice Hoffman brings us the conclusion of the Practical Magic series in a spellbinding and enchanting final Owens novel brimming with lyric beauty and vivid characters.

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The Owens family has been cursed in matters of love for over three-hundred years but all of that is about to change. The novel begins in a library, the best place for a story to be conjured, when beloved aunt Jet Owens hears the deathwatch beetle and knows she has only seven days to live. Jet is not the only one in danger—the curse is already at work. The Book of Magic is a breathtaking conclusion that celebrates mothers and daughters, sisters and brothers, and anyone who has ever been in love.

About the Author
Alice Hoffman is the author of more than thirty works of fiction, including Magic Lessons, The World That We Knew, Practical Magic, The Rules of Magic, the Oprah’s Book Club selection Here on Earth, The Red Garden, The Dovekeepers, The Museum of Extraordinary Things, The Marriage of Opposites, and Faithful. She lives near Boston.

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2021 Season: Previous Events

Scott TurowScott Turow, The Last Trial
Wednesday, January 27, 2021


Bill Gates with Kristen WelkerBill Gates, How To Avoid a Climate Disaster: The Solutions We Have and The Breakthroughs We Need
Interviewed by Kristen Welker, Co-Anchor, “Weekend Today” and NBC News Chief White House Correspondent

Wednesday, February 24, 2021


Walter IsaacsonWalter Isaacson, The Code Breaker: Jennifer Doudna, Gene Editing, and the Future of the Human Race
Thursday, March 4, 2021


Mark GersonMark Gerson, The Telling: How Judaism’s Essential Book Reveals the Meaning of Life
In Conversation with: Rabbi Brian Glusman, MJCCA

Sunday, March 7, 2021


Tovah FeldshuhTovah Feldshuh, Lilyville: Mother, Daughter, and Other Roles I’ve Played
Thursday, April 15, 2021


Paula ShoyerPaula Shoyer, The Instant Pot Kosher Cookbook
Thursday, May 13, 2021


Jennifer WeinerJennifer Weiner, That Summer In Conversation with Rebecca Serle, New York Times Bestselling Author
Thursday, May 27, 2021


Jake CohenJake Cohen, Jew-ish: A Cookbook
Thursday, August 26 • 5:00 pm

A New York Times bestseller! A brilliantly modern take on Jewish culinary traditions for a new generation of readers, from a bright new star in the culinary world. Join us as Jake demonstrates how to make his famous “Everything Bagel Galette”—just in time for the High Holidays. Please click here for the recipe!

Jew-ish is a brilliant collection of delicious recipes, but it’s much more than that. As Jake reconciles ancient traditions with our modern times, his recipes become a celebration of a rich and vibrant history, a love story of blending cultures, and an invitation to gather around the table and create new memories with family, friends, and loved ones.

More Information on Jake Cohen and Jew-ish: A Cookbook

When you think of Jewish food, a few classics come to mind: chicken soup with matzo balls, challah, maybe a babka if you’re feeling adventurous. But as food writer and nice Jewish boy Jake Cohen demonstrates in this stunning debut cookbook, Jewish food can be so much more.

In Jew-ish, he reinvents the food of his Ashkenazi heritage and draws inspiration from his husband’s Persian-Iraqi traditions to offer recipes that are modern, fresh, and enticing for a whole new generation of readers. Imagine the components of an everything bagel wrapped into a flaky galette latkes dyed vibrant yellow with saffron for a Persian spin on the potato pancake, best-ever hybrid desserts like Macaroon Brownies and Pumpkin Spice Babka!

Jew-ish features elevated, yet approachable classics along with innovative creations, such as:
Jake’s Perfect Challah
Roasted Tomato Brisket
Short Rib Cholent
Iraqi Beet Kubbeh Soup
Sabich Bagel Sandwiches
Matzo Tiramisu

All books include shipping to the US and Canada only. Books will be shipped after the event and can take 7 – 10 business days to receive due to COVID-related USPS delays!

Presented in partnership with the JCC Literary Consortium

Tracy WalderTracy Walder, The Unexpected Spy
In Conversation with Holly Firfer, Atlanta Media Personality
Zoom Webinar + Q & A

Thursday, October 7 • 4:30 pm • $11 Virtual Ticket Only/$36 Copy of Book + Virtual Ticket • Purchase Tickets

The Unexpected Spy is the riveting story of Tracy Walder’s tenure in the CIA and, later, the FBI.

When Walder enrolled at the University of Southern California, she never thought that one day she would offer her pink beanbag chair in the Delta Gamma house to a CIA recruiter, or that she’d fly to the Middle East under an alias identity.

More Information on Tracy Walder and The Unexpected Spy

In Virginia, Walder watched al-Qaeda members with drones as President Bush looked over her shoulder and CIA Director George Tenet brought her donuts. She tracked chemical terrorists and searched the world for Weapons of Mass Destruction. Driven to stop terrorism, Walder debriefed terrorists―men who swore they’d never speak to a woman―until they gave her leads. Then Walder moved to the FBI, where she worked in counterintelligence. In a single year, she helped take down one of the most notorious foreign spies ever caught on American soil. Catching the bad guys wasn’t a problem in the FBI, but rampant sexism was. Walder left the FBI to teach young women, encouraging them to find a place in the FBI, CIA, State Department or the Senate―and thus change the world.

About the Author
Tracy Walder is a former Staff Operations Officer (SOO) at the CIA’s Counterterrorism Center and a Special Agent at the FBI’s Los Angeles Field Office specializing in Chinese counterintelligence operations. She now teaches global terrorism at the all-girls Ursuline Academy in Dallas and is an adjunct professor of Domestic Terrorism and Criminal Justice at Texas Christian University in Ft. Worth. She is on the Board of Directors for Girl Security, a non profit, non partisan group that brings national security curriculum to girls in high school throughout the US.

A Cappella Books is the official bookseller of the National JCC Literary Consortium.

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