Book Festival In Your Living Room

 

Don’t miss a minute of our virtual book festival, delivering renowned authors right into your living room! Join us LIVE on Zoom and meet John Grisham, Ina Garten (Barefoot Contessa), Michael J Fox and more!

 

No matter your interests—fiction to fantasy, humor to headlines, mystery to history—you’re sure to find presentations that surprise, engage, inform, and inspire. Check back often as we continue to announce new authors.

October Events

Mike Leven, Can’t Do It Yourself: How Commitment to Others Leads to Personal Prosperity

ZOOM Webinar Author Talk + Q & A
Thursday, October 29 | 8 PM

 

Mike Leven, a storied hotel executive and respected Jewish leader, served at the helm of the Days Inn, Holiday Inn, Las Vegas Sands, and other noteworthy hospitality businesses and most recently as the CEO and chairman of the Georgia Aquarium. In his new book, Can’t Do It Yourself, Leven takes the reader on a journey through his life and then his career as an executive for some of the most noteworthy hotel chains. Each chapter ends with 11 different lessons to live by in business and life.

Part memoir, part business book, Can’t Do It Yourself recounts a range of fascinating stories from the late 1930s to present-day.

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November Events

Natan Sharansky and Gil Troy, Never Alone

ZOOM Webinar Author Talk + Q & A
Sunday, November 8 | 1 PM

 

Never Alone is a classic account of courage, integrity and belonging. In 1977, Natan Sharansky, a leading activist for the democratic dissident movement in the Soviet Union and the movement for free Jewish emigration, was arrested. He spent nine years as a political prisoner, convicted of treason against the state. In Never Alone, Natan Sharansky and historian Gil Troy show how Sharansky's years in prison, many spent in harsh solitary confinement, prepared him for his public life, bringing extraordinary moral clarity and uncompromising honesty to his work as an Israeli politician and the head of the Jewish Agency. Never one who placed expediency ahead of consistent values, Sharansky was an often-awkward political colleague but always visionary as to where the real threats to freedom lay. Never Alone is suffused with reflections from his time as a political prisoner, from his seat at the table as history unfolded in Israel and the Middle East, and his passionate efforts to unite the Jewish people.

 

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Joan Lunden, Why Did I Come Into This Room? A Candid Conversation About Aging

In Conversation with Holly Firfer, CNN Journalist
ZOOM Webinar Author Talk + Q & A
Sunday, November 8 | 8 PM

 

A funny “What to Expect When You're Expecting” for the aging woman, acclaimed journalist and Baby Boomer Joan Lunden delves into various phases of aging in her most candid and revealing book yet. Lunden takes the dull and depressing out of aging, replacing it with wit and humor. Lunden goes where others fear to tread, openly sharing her anxieties and breakthroughs and how she’s coping with the realities of aging - wrinkles and age spots, expanding waistlines, diminished energy, and yes, the real reasons we find ourselves always searching for those car keys! Why Did I Come into This Room? explores the science of aging and how it impacts the body and brain.

 

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Esther Safran Foer, I Want You to Know We’re Still Here: A Post Holocaust Memoir

In Conversation with one of her sons
Opens with Kristallnacht Commemoration -- Rabbi Brian Glusman
ZOOM Webinar Author Talk 
Monday, November 9 | 8 PM

 

Esther Safran Foer grew up in a home where the past was too terrible to speak of. The child of parents who were each the sole survivors of their respective families, for Esther the Holocaust loomed in the backdrop of daily life, felt but never discussed. The result was a childhood marked by painful silences and continued tragedy. Even as she built a successful career, married, and raised three children, Esther felt herself searching. When Esther’s mother casually mentions an astonishing revelation—that her father had a previous wife and daughter, both killed in the Holocaust—Esther resolves to find out who they were, and how her father survived. The poignant and deeply moving story is not only of Esther’s journey, but of four generations of survivors, storytellers, and memory keepers living in the shadow of the Holocaust, determined not just to keep the past alive and imbue the present with life and more life.

 

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Rachel Beanland, Florence Adler Swims Again & Kristin Harmel, The Lost Book of Names. 

In Conversation with Andrea Peskind Katz
ZOOM Webinar Author Talk + Q & A
Tuesday, November 10 | 1 PM

 

Swim Again: Atlantic City, 1934. Renting their house to summer vacationers, Esther and Joseph Adler move into the cramped apartment above their bakery. Now one daughter, Florence has returned from college to spend the summer training to swim the English Channel, her pregnant sister, Fannie, is on bed rest and a young woman emigre from Nazi Germany has joined the crowded the apartment. Esther’s only thought is to keep her daughters close and safe but Fannie’s pregnancy is risky, her husband, Isaac, is a schemer, and Florence’s suitor is the handsome heir of a hotel notorious for its anti-Semitic policies. When tragedy strikes, Esther decides to hide the truth—at least until Fannie’s baby is born—and pulls the family into an elaborate web of secret-keeping and lies. Based on a true story, Beanland’s family saga is an uplifting portrayal of how the human spirit can endure and even thrive after a tragedy.

 

The Lost Book of Names: Inspired by an astonishing true story from World War II, a young woman with a talent for forgery helps hundreds of Jewish children flee the Nazis in this unforgettable historical novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Winemaker’s Wife. The Book of Lost Names is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and the power of bravery and love in the face of evil.

 

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Dale Berra, My Dad, Yogi

ZOOM Webinar Author Talk + Q & A
Tuesday, November 10 | 8 PM

 

Everyone knows Yogi Berra. The American icon was the backbone of the New York Yankees through ten World Series Championships, managed the National League Champion New York Mets in 1973, and had an ingenious way with words that remains an indelible part of our lexicon. But no one knew him like his family did. My Dad, Yogi is Dale Berra's chronicle of the unshakeable bond with his father and an intimate portrait providing a unique perspective on one of the great sports figures of the 20th Century. Dale writes candidly about his drug problem and of the support he received from Yogi, who eventually staged the intervention that would save his life. My Dad, Yogi is Dale's tribute to his dad -- a treat for baseball fans and a poignant story for all fathers and sons.

 

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John Grisham, A Time for Mercy

ZOOM Webinar Author Talk + Q & A
Wednesday, November 11 | 3 PM

 

Jake Brigance is back! The hero of A Time to Kill, one of the most popular novels of our time, returns in a courtroom drama that showcases #1 New York Times bestselling author John Grisham at the height of his storytelling powers. Clanton, Mississippi. 1990. Jake Brigance finds himself embroiled in a deeply divisive trial when the court appoints him attorney for Drew Gamble, a timid sixteen-year-old boy accused of murdering a local deputy. Many in Clanton want a swift trial and the death penalty, but Brigance digs in and discovers that there is more to the story than meets the eye. Jake’s fierce commitment to saving Drew from the gas chamber puts his career, his financial security, and the safety of his family on the line. This richly rewarding novel that is both timely and timeless, full of wit, drama, and—most of all—heart.

 

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Cameron Douglas, Long Way Home

ZOOM Webinar Author Talk + Q & A
Wednesday, November 11 | 8 PM

 

From the scion of Hollywood royalty--son of Michael Douglas, grandson of Kirk Douglas--a moving, often shocking, ultimately inspiring memoir detailing his struggle to regain his dignity, humanity, and place in society after many years of drug abuse and almost eight years in prison. Cameron Douglas is born into wealth, privilege, and comfort. On the surface, his life seems golden. But by the age of thirty, he's become a drug addict, a thief, and--after a DEA drug bust--a convicted drug dealer, Eventually he will spend two years in solitary, where he manages, nonetheless, to hold fast to the brutal ethos of prison survival . . . until: he begins to understand the psychological turmoil that has tormented him for years, and to prepare for what will be a profoundly challenging, but eventually deeply satisfying and successful, reentry into society at large. Cameron Douglas gives us a raw and unstintingly honest recounting of his harrowing, remarkable, and, in the end, inspiring life story.

 

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Michael Oren, The Night Archer and Other Stories

ZOOM Webinar Author Talk + Q & A
Thursday, November 12 | 2 PM

 

The Night Archer and Other Stories is a collection of startling short fiction by New York Times bestselling author and international statesman, Michael Oren.

A medieval slave-turned-sultan, an alien who declines to visit Earth, a prophet who dares to ask “is God funny?” and a ghost who fears the living—these are among the terrifying, tragic, passionate, and comic characters who animate Michael Oren’s stories. Crisscrossing genres, they explore the outer bounds of imagination and artistic freedom, exposing the reader to a kaleidoscope of human emotions and experience. In The Night Archer, the acclaimed historian, political commentator, and statesman Michael Oren is revealed as a writer of bold versatility.

 

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Jim McCloskey and Philip Lerman When the Truth is All You Have: A Memoir of Faith, Justice, and Freedom for the Wrongly Convicted

ZOOM Webinar Author Talk + Q & A
Thursday, November 12 | 8 PM

 

By the founder of the first organization in the United States committed to freeing the wrongly imprisoned, this is a riveting story of devotion, sacrifice, and vindication. Jim McCloskey was at a midlife crossroads when he met the man who would change his life. A former management consultant, McCloskey enrolled at Princeton Theological Seminary at age 37. His first assignment, in 1980, was as a chaplain at Trenton State Prison. Among the inmates was Jorge de los Santos, a heroin addict who’d been convicted of murder years earlier and swore that he was innocent. Over time, McCloskey came to believe him. With no legal or investigative training to speak of, McCloskey threw himself into the case. Two years later, thanks to those efforts, Jorge de los Santos walked free, fully exonerated. McCloskey had found his calling. Through tireless investigation and an unflagging dedication to justice—McCloskey has freed 63 innocent prisoners who had been sentenced to life or death. When Truth Is All You Have is McCloskey’s triumphant success and shattering failure, a soul-bearing account of a man who has redeemed innumerable lives—and incited a movement – with nothing more than his unshakeable belief in truth.

 

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Lawrence Wright, The End of October: A Novel

ZOOM Webinar Author Talk + Q & A
Saturday, November 14 | 8 PM

 

In this riveting medical thriller--from the Pulitzer Prize winner and best-selling author, Lawrence Wright takes us to an internment camp in Indonesia where forty-seven people are pronounced dead with acute hemorrhagic fever. When Henry Parsons--microbiologist, epidemiologist--travels there on behalf of the World Health Organization to investigate, what he finds will soon have staggering repercussions across the globe: an infected man is on his way to join the millions of worshippers in the annual Hajj to Mecca. Henry joins forces with a Saudi prince and doctor in an attempt to quarantine the entire host of pilgrims in the holy city as the disease slashes across the United States, dismantling institutions--scientific, religious, governmental--and decimating the population. As packed with suspense as it is with the fascinating history of viral diseases, Lawrence Wright has given us a full-tilt, electrifying, one-of-a-kind thriller.

 

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Ariel Sabar, Veritas: A Harvard Professor, A Con Man, and the Gospel of Jesus’s Wife

ZOOM Webinar Author Talk + Q & A
Monday, November 16 | 8 PM

 

From National Book Critics Circle Award-winning author Ariel Sabar, the gripping true story of a sensational religious forgery and the scandal that shook Harvard. In 2012, Dr. Karen King, a star professor at Harvard Divinity School, announced she had found an ancient fragment of papyrus in which Jesus calls Mary Magdalene "my wife." Biblical scholars were in an uproar. As debates over the manuscript's authenticity raged, award-winning journalist Ariel Sabar set out to investigate a baffling mystery: where did this tiny scrap of papyrus come from? His search for answers is an international detective story--leading from the the former headquarters of the East German Stasi to rural Florida, where he discovered an internet pornographer with a prophetess wife, a fascination with the Pharaohs and a tortured relationship with the Catholic Church.

 

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Mimi Lemay, What We Will Become: A Mother, Son, and a Journey of Transformation

ZOOM Webinar Author Talk + Q & A
Friday, November 20 | 2 PM

 

Mimi Lemay recounts her memoir of her transgender child’s odyssey, and her journey outside the boundaries of the faith and culture that shaped her. From the age of two-and-a-half, Jacob, born “Em,” adamantly told his family he was a boy. While his mother Mimi struggled to understand the source of her child’s inner turmoil, she unearthed ghosts from her past and her own struggle to live an authentic life.    
 
Mimi was raised in an ultra-Orthodox Jewish family, every aspect of her life dictated by ancient rules and her role as a woman largely preordained from cradle to grave. As a young woman, Mimi wrestled with the demands of her faith and eventually made the painful decision to leave her religious community and the strict gender roles it upheld. What We Will Become is a powerful testament to how painful events from the past can be redeemed to give us hope for the future.

 

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Rachel Bloom, I Want to Be Where the Normal People Are

Music and Multi-Media Presentation
Saturday, November 21 | 8 PM

 

From the charming and wickedly funny co-creator and star of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, a collection of hilarious personal essays, poems and even amusement park maps on the subjects of insecurity, fame, anxiety, and much more.

 

Rachel Bloom has felt abnormal and out of place her whole life. In this exploration of what she thinks makes her "different," she's come to realize that a lot of people also feel this way; even people who she otherwise thought were "normal." In a collection of laugh-out-loud funny essays, all told in the unique voice (sometimes singing voice) that made her a star; Rachel writes about everything from her love of Disney, OCD and depression, weirdness, and Spanx to the story of how she didn't poop in the toilet until she was four years old; Rachel's pieces are hilarious, smart, and infinitely relatable (except for the pooping thing).

 

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Melissa Clark, Kid in the Kitchen: 100 Recipes and Tips for Young Home Cooks

ZOOM Webinar Author Talk + Q & A
Sunday, November 22 | 1 PM

 

Melissa Clark, the New York Times food columnist and beloved home cooking authority, spins 100 all-new recipes for a robust new audience of home chefs: kids ages 8-14!

Clark, who has more range than any food writer today (and a young daughter to boot), marries the flavors beloved by adult fans of her bestselling cookbooks and her work in the New York Times with recipes that any kid can make and build on. This must-have resource is both friendly and authoritative.

 

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David Baldacci, Daylight: An Atlee Pine Thriller

ZOOM Webinar Author Talk + Q & A
Sunday, November 22 | 8 PM

 

FBI Agent Atlee Pine's search for her sister Mercy clashes with military investigator John Puller's high-stakes case, leading them both deep into a global conspiracy -- from which neither of them will escape unscathed.

For many long years, Atlee Pine was tormented by uncertainty after her twin sister, Mercy, was abducted at the age of six and never seen again. Now, just as Atlee is pressured to end her investigation into Mercy's disappearance, she finally gets her most promising breakthrough yet: the identity of her sister's kidnapper, Ito Vincenzo.

With time running out, Atlee and her assistant Carol Blum race to Vincenzo's last known location in Trenton, New Jersey -- and unknowingly stumble straight into John Puller's case, blowing his arrest during a drug ring investigation involving a military installation.

 

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December Events

Ina Garten, Modern Comfort Food

In Conversation with Michael Ian Black, Comedian, Actor, and Author
ZOOM Webinar Author Talk + Q & A
Wednesday, December 2 | 7:30 PM

 

Join us for a very special evening with the Barefoot Contessa, Ina Garten, as she dishes up some delicous conversation with comedian and author Michael Ian Black. The two will discuss Ina's latest, Modern Comfort Food: A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook, which features a collection of all-new soul-satisfying dishes from America’s favorite home cook!

In Modern Comfort Food, Ina Garten shares 85 new recipes that will feed your deepest cravings. Many of these dishes are inspired by childhood favorites—but with the volume turned way up, such as Cheddar and Chutney Grilled Cheese sandwiches, Smashed Hamburgers with Caramelized Onions, and the crispiest hash browns that are actually made in a waffle iron!

 

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Programs will be recorded and made available to ticket holders for seven days following the event. Please email bookfestival@atlantajcc.org for access to the link.