Even as we all work in separate homes, towns, and countries, we know we are not alone. We are part of a larger community of writers and readers, striving to initiate and contribute to conversations about Jewish literature around the globe. To this end, we are sharing a list of authors and virtual experiences that will be continuously updated so that we can support authors, their books, and bookstores during these uncertain times (and always feel free to join us in our JBC Book Club Facebook group). We hope you’re staying safe and healthy.
Also, if you’re interested in chatting with authors, check out JBC’s Live Chat opportunities and we’ll help you and your book club have an amazing conversation.
*Join us weekly on Wednesdays at 12:30pm ET for our JBC Authors at the Table series where Jewish Book Council sits down with an author of a recently published book for a 30-minute chat to learn about their latest work. Details here.*
June 23 — Join the Newark Public Library for a discussion of Philip Roth’s Nemesis surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic this Thursday June 25th at 12pm ET. Register here.
June 10 — Join the Ashkenaz Festival for the book launch of Bubbe & Zaide, with a reading of the book with Ed Asner as Zaide. Tune in at 4pm ET here.
June 1 — Join the Newark Public Library for A Reading & Conversation with Benjamin Taylor on Wednesday June 3rd at 4pm to discuss his new memoir, Here We Are: My Friendship with Philip Roth. Register here.
May 26 — Have Book Club with author Talia Carner and chat about her new book and NJBA finalist, The Third Daughter. Email Talia Carner directly either to attend one of these dates or find a better time, AuthorTalia@aol.com. The date options are June 19th at 1pm, June 30th at 4pm, or July 14 at 7pm.
May 22 — Tune in for an author talk with Ambassador Alfred H. Moses of Bucharest Diary: Romania’s Journey from Darkness to Light on May 26th at 12:30pm; learn more about the complex history of the Balkans and Romania. Register here.
May 21 — From bioGraph, attend a virtual book club of We Were Strangers, written by Magda Preiss a survivor of the Holocaust, on May 27th at 7pm CST. Register here.
May 19 — Find out the story behind author Josh Frank’s incredible Giraffes on Horseback Salad: The Marx Brothers, Salvador Dali, and the Strangest Movie Never Made on June 2 at 7:30pm ET. Register here.
May 19 — Celebrate literary icons Margaret Atwood and Judy Blume during this live conversation with them on May 26th, 7pm ET, moderated by Andrea Davis Pinkney, sponsored by the The Authors Guild Foundation. Register here.
May 19 — Join in on literary Modiin’s virtual author event on Sunday, May 31st 1pm ET, hosted by Julie Zuckerman and featuring authors Erika Dreifus, Sandell Morse, and Ellen Meeropol. Register here.
May 11 — Have Book Club with author Talia Carner and chat about her new book and NJBA finalist, The Third Daughter. Email Talia Carner directly either attend one of these dates or find a better time, AuthorTalia@aol.com. The date options are May 28 at 8pm or June 17 at 8pm.
May 7 — Join a conversation with author Lori Gottlieb on May 31st at 2pm sponsored by the Center for Jewish Education, a department of the Jewish Federation of Greater Charlotte. Register here.
May 7 — Join a conversation with author Ayelet Gundar-Goshen on May 10 at 2pm sponsored by the Center for Jewish Education, a department of the Jewish Federation of Greater Charlotte. Register here.
May 5 — As part of the Santa Fe Distinguished Lecture series and the Santa Fe Jewish Film Festival, tune in for a Webinar on Jewish Humor with Avinoam Patt, beginning on Tuesday May 19th at 1pm MT. Find more information and registration here.
April 30 — Check out an audiovisual presentation of a lecture by Miriam Hoffman, performed by Avi Hoffman from the Yiddishkayt Initiative on God and the Holocaust. You can watch it here.
April 30 — Join author Ellen Korman Mains on the 100-year anniversary of the birth of her mother for a discussion on “Time, Memory, and the Present Moment: An International Zoom Gathering.” This will take place on Sunday May 3, at 1pm ET. Register by emailing email@example.com.
April 28 — NJBA winner Etgar Keret will have his film, Etgar Keret: Based on a True Story, available for streaming for twenty-four hours as of this Wednesday the 29th at 7pm until Thursday the 30th at 7pm, when there will be a live Q + A with Etgar Keret. Get your ticket’s here!
April 27 — Watch author Alan Scott Haft give a book talk about Harry Haft: Survivor of Auschwitz, Challenger of Rocky Marciano.
April 14 - Come bake challah with NJBA finalist and author of Braided, Beth Ricanati, in conversation with Aliza Kline, founder of OneTable, and Sherre Hirsch on Friday April 17th. Sign up here.
April 6 — Jewish Women’s Archive has several new listings for their Quarantine Book Club, find out more and register here; guests include National Jewish Book Awards finalists Alicia Jo Rabins and Rabbi Laura Geller, along with Sarah Hurwitz, Abby Chava Stein, and Anna Solomon.
April 1 — A live online conversation with Josh Frank, author of Giraffes on Horseback Salad: The Marx Brothers, Salvador Dali, and The Strangest Movie Never Made on Tuesday June 2nd at 7:30pm. Register here.
March 31 — A Mighty Blaze is a social media initiative by authors Caroline Leavitt and Jenna Blum to support authors who’s work is coming out now. To have your book added to their promotion email firstname.lastname@example.org.
March 30 — Join Limmud North America and the JBC in reading NJBA winner Michael David Lukas’s The Last Watchman of Old Cairo for Limmud Book Club held on April 20, 2020. We can’t wait to see you there! Register here.
March 27 - Erika Dreifus, author of Birthright, will be participating in an online reading series on Hidden Timber Books on Sunday April 5th. Register here and see the full list of authors participating.
March 24 - Beth El Synagogue and the Levin JCC, in partnership with the Jewish Book Council, invite you to the Jewish Authors Book Festival from March 22nd through the 29th. And don’t worry if you miss the event, the recordings are all available. Click here to participate in this unique and exciting experience.
March 24 - The JCC Indianapolis and JCCindy Arts are hosting Tuesday Lunch Breaks, beginning on April 14th at 12pm with author Joy Ladin. Follow them on Facebook for more information on this upcoming virtual series.
March 24 - The JCC Indianapolis and JCCindy Arts is hosting a Virtual Visit with Sarah Menkedick, author of Ordinary Insanity, on April 12th at 2pm. Register here.
March 24 - The JCC Indianapolis and JCCindy Arts is hosting a Virtual Visit with Madeline Levine, author of Ready or Not: Preparing Our Kids to Thrive in an Uncertain and Rapidly Changing World, on March 29th at 2pm. Register here.
March 23 - Colum McCann is hosting an online book group for his latest novel Apeirogon on this Wednesday at 12pm, more information here.
March 23 - Brian Feinblum offers marketing tips and insights for authors launching a book during this time, check out his blog here.
March 20 - Erica S. Perl, NJBA winner for All Three Stooges, is hosting a weekly read-aloud, writing prompt, and community engagement session on Tuesday’s at 2pm EST on Instagram at @ericaperl.
March 18 - Jewish Agency’s Partnership2Gether (P2G) Western Galilee is hosting a virtual book club on May 3rd, beginning with discussion in a WhatsApp group. For more information email Avital Ben Dror at email@example.com.
March 17 - Sharon Hart-Green will lead an online discussion session, or book club talk on the topic of Jewish fiction, or on her own novel, Come Back for Me. She has taught Hebrew and Yiddish literature at the University of Toronto for many years. Email her here: firstname.lastname@example.org