Metro Atlanta is home to one of the largest Jewish populations in the United States. It also boasts one of the largest Jewish book festivals in the country. The 26th Edition of the Book Festival of the MJCCA begins Saturday night.
For this episode, I went “out in the field” to record my interview at the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta (MJCCA). Thanks to Dee Kline, one of two chairs of this year’s Book Festival of the MJCCA. Bea Goodman, Dee’s co-chair, was under the weather. Bea, we hope you’re feeling better just in time for a busy two weeks of authors and books!
November is National Jewish Book Month. The Jewish Book Council’s website details the history of the Council and of Jewish Book Month. Like many good things in life, the National Jewish Book Month began with a librarian. Fanny Goldstein, a librarian at a branch of the Boston Public Library, set up an exhibit of Judaic books and started a Jewish Book Week. That was back in 1925, when there weren’t a lot of Jewish books in English. In 1927, Jewish communities around the country adopted the event, and it’s only grown from there.
Dee shared a bit of the history of the MJCCA Book Festival and highlights of this year’s programs.
As Dee mentioned, many of the big name events, like Al Franken, Dan Rather, and the Bush Sisters have already sold out. Still, you’ll find individual tickets to the other 30+ events on sale at the festival website. Most of the events take place at the MJCCA in Dunwoody.
Other Events Mentioned in This Episode
Books Mentioned in This Episode
High Noon by Glenn Frankel
Leonardo DaVinci by Walter Isaacson
Twenty-Six Seconds by Alexandra Zapruder
The Orphan’s Tale by Pam Jenoff (Pam was a guest of the podcast in Episode 5)
I Wrote That One, Too by Steve Dorff
Hitler in Los Angeles by Steven J. Ross
Sister Stories by Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Pierce Bush
What Unites Us by Dan Rather
Giant of the Senate by Al Franken