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​​Jewish Book Month​

Jewish Book Month Speaker Series-25 Years

2019 JBM
Author Events

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​Bitcoin Billionaires: A True Story of Genius, Betrayal and Redemption

​By Ben Mezrich

Meet Ben Mezrich, New York Times bestselling author of twenty books, including The Accidental Billionaires, which was adapted into the 2010 blockbuster hit movie The Social Network. At our opening night event, Mezrich will introduce his latest book, Bitcoin Billionaires, an incredible true story of identical twin brothers Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss’s big bet on crypto-currency and its dazzling pay-off.

Date: Thursday, October 24
Time: 7:00PM
Location: Tedesco Country Club
Price: $36, includes reception

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Gina from Siberia

​By Jane Bernstein

Bring your children and grandchildren to hear the true story of a family of Jewish immigrants determined to bring their beloved dog Gina with them when they left the former Soviet Union. Gina from Sibera is a timely story about upheaval and immigration, and the challenging process of finding home in a very different place. Featuring Oscar, EHS’ “classroom dog-in-residence.”

Date: Sunday, November 3
Time: 3:00PM
Location: Epstein Hillel School
Price: FREE

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Mistress of the Ritz

​By Melanie Benjamin

While it might seem that nothing bad could happen at the glamorous Hotel Ritz in Paris, the German army sets up headquarters there in June, 1940, and the hotel’s hosts, Blanche and Claude Auzello, must navigate a terrifying reality filled with secrets and lies. To strike a blow against their Nazi “guests,” they spin a web of deceit that ensnares everything and everyone they cherish. Based on true events, Mistress of the Ritz by New York Times bestselling author, Melanie Benjamin, is a taut tale of suspense and an inspiring story of a couple who discover the best in each other amid the turbulence of war.

Date: Wednesday, November 6
Time: 7:00PM
Location: JCCNS
Price: $18, includes reception

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Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love

​By Dani Shapiro

Join us for a special evening of cocktails, boutiques and schmoozing, followed by a fascinating dialogue with bestselling author, Dani Shapiro. Shapiro will be discussing Inheritance, a personal memoir about a staggering family secret that was uncovered by her own genealogy test. Together we’ll explore thoughts on the extraordinary moment we live in, a moment in which science and technology have outpaced not only medical ethics, but also the capacities of the human heart to contend with the consequences of what we discover.

Date: Thursday, November 14
Time: 6:00PM
Location: Kernwood Country Club, Salem  (valet parking available)
Price: $72, includes dinner, glass of wine, and a copy of the book

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Careful What You Wish For

​By Hallie Ephron

In Careful What You Wish For, New York Times best-selling mystery and suspense author, Hallie Ephron, introduces us to Emily Harlow, a professional organizer with a deadly problem she may not be able to clean up. While keeping busy with work distracts her from her own hoarding husband, Emily’s meeting with one young new client takes a detour, as the two women end up fantasizing about how much more pleasant life would be without their collecting spouses. The next day, Emily finds herself in a mess that might be too big for her to clean up.

Date: Sunday, November 17
Time: 10:00AM
Location: JCCNS
Price: $25, includes brunch

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Fall and Rise: The Story of 9/11

​By Mitchell Zuckoff

Mitchell Zuckoff, professor of journalism at Boston University and former Boston Globe reporter, will discuss his latest book: Fall and Rise: The Story of 9/11. This spellbinding, heartbreaking, and ultimately uplifting narrative masterfully weaves together the interrelated stories of “extraordinary ordinary people” and their experiences on the worst day in American history.

Date: Wednesday, November 20
Time: 7:00PM
Location: Temple Emanu-El
Price: $18, includes reception

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An Afternoon of Ukuleles, Cartoons and Conversation

​By Roz Chast and Patricia Marx

Roz Chast, “poet-laureate of urban neurosis” and renowned cartoonist for The New Yorker, and Patricia Marx, a humorist and staff writer for The New Yorker, have been friends ever since Marx’s mother forced them together in the late 1970s. Now, they’ve developed a hilarious program called An Afternoon of Ukuleles, Cartoons and Conversation filled with musical parody, amusing anecdotes, hysterical (if not questionable) stories, and whimsical visuals. Join us for a joy-filled afternoon with these two amazing women.

Date: Sunday, December 1
Time: 3:00PM
Location: Peabody Essex Museum
Price: $36, includes reception and museum admission

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Rescue Board: The Untold Story of America’s Efforts to Save the Jews of Europe

​By Rebecca Erbelding

In this remarkable work of historical reclamation, Rebecca Erbelding, historian at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC, pieces together years of research and newly uncovered archival materials to tell the dramatic story of America’s little-known efforts to save the Jews of Europe.

Date: Wednesday, December 11
Time: 7:00PM
Location: JCCNS
Price: $18, includes reception

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