Tampa Bay Jewish Book Festival


Dec
12 Sun
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Jean Meltzer; The Matzah Ball

Tampa, FL
United States
Show at 6:00 PM
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TICKET PRICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
INDIVIDUAL: $15.00

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INDIVIDUAL Public Onsale: July 30, 2021 10:03 AM to December 12, 2021 6:00 PM

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Latkes, Matzah Balls & BINGO with a fabulously fun in-person event while Zooming with the Author!

A Holiday Happening | Ticket $15


Author:

Jean Meltzer studied dramatic writing at NYU Tisch and has earned numerous awards for her work in television, including a daytime Emmy. She spent five years in rabbinical school before her chronic illness forced her to withdraw, and her father told her she should write a book-just not a Jewish one because no one reads those. The Matzah Ball is her first novel.



Book:


Chron­i­cal­ly-ill Rachel Ruben­stein-Gold­blatt is a ​“nice Jew­ish girl‚” with a secret: she loves Christ­mas. As the best-sell­ing author of over twen­ty Christ­mas romance nov­els, and four made-for-TV movie spin-offs, she’s kept her stel­lar career secret from her obser­vant Jew­ish fam­i­ly for over a decade. But when Rachel’s pub­lish­ing house tells her they won’t renew her con­tract unless she writes them a Hanukkah romance, she’s des­per­ate for inspi­ra­tion. She finds it in the form of the Matzah Ball, a high-end Jew­ish music cel­e­bra­tion sched­uled for the last night of Hanukkah. There is only one prob­lem: tick­ets are sold out and the only way to get one is direct from the bal­l’s cre­ator, who just hap­pens to be Jacob Green­berg, her sum­mer camp arch enemy.





Jan
23 Sun
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Lisa Scottoline; Eternal (Via Zoom)

Tampa, FL
United States
Show at 7:00 PM
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INDIVIDUAL Public Onsale: July 30, 2021 10:03 AM to January 23, 2022 7:00 PM

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Lisa Scottoline; Eternal

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Author


Lisa Scottoline is the New York Times bestselling author of over thirty novels Look Again, Lady Killer, Think Twice, Save Me, and Everywhere That Mary Went. She also writes a weekly column, “Chick Wit”, with her daughter Francesca Serritella, for the Philadelphia Inquirer. The columns have been collected in seven volumes, including Why My Third Husband Will Be a Dog and My Nest Isn’t Empty, It Just Has More Closet Space. Scottoline has won an Edgar Award and Cosmopolitan magazine’s “Fun Fearless Fiction Award and she served as the president of Mystery Writers of America. She teaches a course on justice and fiction at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, her alma mater. She lives in the Philadelphia area.



Book

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER #1 bestselling author Lisa Scottoline offers a sweeping and shattering epic of historical fiction fueled by shocking true events, the tale of a love triangle that unfolds in the heart of Rome...in the creeping shadow of fascism. What war destroys, only love can heal.


Feb
13 Sun
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Jennifer Steil; Exile Music (Via Zoom)

Tampa, FL
United States
Show at 11:00 AM
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INDIVIDUAL Public Onsale: July 30, 2021 10:03 AM to February 13, 2022 11:00 AM

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Jennifer Steil; Exile Music

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Author: 

Jennifer Steil is the author of two previous books, The Woman Who Fell From the Sky, a memoir of her experience as a journalist in Yemen, and the Ambassador’s Wife, a novel about a hostage crisis that was also inspired by Steil’s own experience. She currently lives in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, with her husband and daughter.
                                                                                                                                                                                             

Book:


Based on an over­looked part of World War II his­to­ry, Exile Music tells the sto­ry of a fam­i­ly of Jew­ish Vien­nese musi­cians who flee the Nazis in 1939 to find refuge in the moun­tains of Bolivia. There, they are con­front­ed with alti­tude sick­ness, new lan­guages, new cul­tures, and even­tu­al­ly, some of the Nazis they sought to escape. While young Orly and her father use music to weave togeth­er their past and present lives, Orly’s moth­er aban­dons singing. She grows increas­ing­ly dis­tant, har­bor­ing a secret that could put their entire fam­i­ly at risk again. When unex­pect­ed vis­i­tors arrive in their new home­land, they force Orly to choose where she ulti­mate­ly belongs. Between 10,000 and 20,000 Jew­ish refugees found their way to Bolivia dur­ing the war years, many of them artists and musi­cians. Very lit­tle has been writ­ten about this com­mu­ni­ty. Jen­nifer Steil lived in Bolivia for four years, meet­ing some remain­ing sur­vivors and their descen­dants. Their sto­ries inspired her book.


Mar
25 Fri
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Annabelle Gurwitch; You're Leaving When? Adventures in Downward Mobility

Tampa, FL
United States
Show at 12:00 PM
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INDIVIDUAL: $15.00

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INDIVIDUAL Public Onsale: July 30, 2021 10:03 AM to March 25, 2022 12:00 PM

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SPRING FESTIVAL OF BOOKS & CONVERSATIONS


Life, Laughter & Lunch


Annabelle Gurwitch; You’re Leaving When? Adventures in Downward Mobility


$15 | Lunch & Book Signing Event

Author:



Annabelle Gurwitch is an actress, activist and author of five books including the New York Times bestseller I See You Made an Effort (also a Thurber Prize finalist); You Say Tomato, I Say Shut Up (with Jeff Kahn); and Fired! (which was also a Showtime Comedy Special). Her essays and satire regularly appear in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Magazine, The New Yorker, and Hadassah. Her essay which appears in You're Leaving When? with the title "If You Lived With Me You'd Be Home by Now" about opening her home to young people experiencing homelessness appeared in short form in the Los Angeles Times and was recognized with a 2020 Excellence in Journalism award from the Los Angeles Press Club. Gurwitch gained a loyal following during her stint cohosting Dinner and a Movie on TBS and years as a regular commentator on NPR. Her many acting credits include Seinfeld, Boston Legal, Dexter, and Melvin Goes to Dinner. A veteran of many lauded and even more misguided theatrical productions, pre-covid she performed with The Moth Mainstage and at arts centers around the country and she hopes to do that again. She co-hosts the Tiny Victories Podcast a fifteen minute weekly podcast which Vulture called a "bright spot of light in 2020."​


Book:


In these essays, Gurwitch embraces homesharing, welcoming a housing-insecure young couple and a bunny rabbit into her home. The mother of a college student in recovery who sheds the gender binary, she relearns to parent, one pronoun at a time. She wades into the dating pool in a Miss Havisham-inspired line of lingerie and flunks the magic of tidying up.

You're Leaving When? is for anybody who thought they had a semblance of security but wound up with a fragile economy and a blankie. Gurwitch offers stories of resilience, adaptability, low-rent redemption, and the kindness of strangers. Even in a muted Zoom.


Mar
25 Fri

DELETE

Tampa, FL
United States
Show at 12:00 PM
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SPRING FESTIVAL OF BOOKS & CONVERSATIONS


Bryan Glazer Family JCC | Ballroom


Annabelle Gurwitch; You’re Leaving When? Adventures in Downward Mobility


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Mar
26 Sat
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Nancy Sims, Phyllis Hoffman, Ellen Horne Zarek, Rosemary Gensler and Marion Phillips; Detour

Tampa, FL
United States
Show at 11:00 AM
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INDIVIDUAL: $15.00

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INDIVIDUAL Public Onsale: July 30, 2021 10:03 AM to March 26, 2022 11:00 AM

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Brunching with 5 Ladies!


Join us for an afternoon of divine conversation about women, sisterhood and detours we take on life’s journey.


$15 | Brunch & Book Signing Event


Sunday, March 27 | 11:00 AM


Bryan Glazer Family JCC


Authors Nancy Sims, Phyllis Hoffman, Ellen Horne Zarek, Rosemary Gensler and Marion Phillips; Detour

Book:  

Built on sis­ter­hood, a quin­tet of real-life writ­ers, who affec­tion­ate­ly call them­selves, ​“The Inkslingers,” penned a nov­el, about fic­tion­al women. The diverse char­ac­ters trav­el to Upstate New York for a writ­ing work­shop and expe­ri­ence a life-chang­ing detour. Often humor­ous, at times haunt­ing, this cap­ti­vat­ing lit­er­ary work is tes­ti­mo­ny to the pow­er of the writ­ten word. This work has the essence of mag­i­cal real­ism but is ground­ed in wom­en’s rela­tion­ships with each oth­er and those they love. Detours demon­strates how women of vary­ing ages, reli­gious back­grounds, and fam­i­ly dynam­ics nav­i­gate life’s chal­lenges while sup­port­ing one anoth­er. With their dis­tinc­tive per­son­al­i­ties, each char­ac­ter expe­ri­ences their own detour. No amount of fore­shad­ow­ing could have paint­ed the twists and turns of their fic­tion­al jour­ney. This unique nov­el is a tes­ta­ment to the per­se­ver­ance, sis­ter­hood, and col­lab­o­ra­tion of five actu­al women authors who have bond­ed and birthed this endeav­or, Detours.





 


Mar
27 Sun
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Annalise Heinz; Mahjong ; A Chinese Game And The Making of Modern American Culture

Tampa, FL
United States
Show at 2:00 PM
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MINI TOURNEY: $10.00
COMBO: $18.00
CONVERSATION, BOOK SIGNING EVENT: $10.00

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MINI TOURNEY / COMBO / CONVERSATION, BOOK SIGNING EVENT Public Onsale: July 30, 2021 10:03 AM to March 27, 2022 12:00 PM

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Mahjong Mania!


Bryan Glazer Family JCC


Annelise Heinz; MAHJONG; A Chinese Game And The Making of Modern American Culture


$10 | Conversation, Snick Snacks, & Book Signing Event


$10 | Mahj Mini Tourney | 2:00


Combo Ticket $18

Author:


Annelise Heinz is an assistant professor of history at the University of Oregon. Her work has been featured on National Public Radio and international Chinese television. She has lived and played mahjong in the United States and Southwestern China.



Book:


Mahjong: A Chinese Game and the Making of Modern American Culture illustrates how the spaces between tiles and the moments between games have fostered distinct social cultures in the United States. This mass-produced game crossed the Pacific, creating waves of popularity over the twentieth century. Annelise Heinz narrates the history of this game to show how it has created a variety of meanings, among them American modernity, Chinese American heritage, and Jewish American women's culture. As it traveled from China to the United States and caught on with Hollywood starlets, high society, middle-class housewives, and immigrants alike, mahjong became a quintessentially American game. Heinz also reveals the ways in which women leveraged a game to gain access to respectable leisure. The result was the forging of friendships that lasted decades and the creation of organizations that raised funds for the war effort and philanthropy. No other game has signified both belonging and standing apart in American culture.


$10.00 - $18.00
Mar
27 Sun
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Joshua Jay; How Magicians Think: Misdirection, Deception, and Why Magic Matters

Tampa, FL
United States
Show at 6:30 PM
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INDIVIDUAL: $18.00

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INDIVIDUAL Public Onsale: July 30, 2021 10:03 AM to March 27, 2022 11:00 AM

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A Magical Literary Celebration!


Joshua Jay; How Magicians Think: Misdirection, Deception, and Why Magic Matters


$18 | Cocktails, Hors De’voures and & Book Signing Event

Author:


Joshua Jay is an acclaimed performer, author, and lecturer on the art of magic. He is a former world champion, a Guinness World Record Holder, and was named "Magician of the Year" in 2012 by the Society of American Magicians. Jay has made noteworthy appearances on The Tonight Show and the Late Late Show, and consulted with the US Post Office for the stamp series "Magic." He has performed and lectured on magic all over the world, and appears regularly on television and stages across the globe. Jay has authored four books on magic, and his most recent book, for children, is called The Dream Machine.


Book:


And now Joshua Jay, one of the world’s most accomplished magicians, not only opens that door but brings us inside to reveal the artistry and obsessiveness, esoteric history, and long-whispered-about traditions of a subject shrouded in mystery.


And he goes one step further: Joshua Jay brings us right into the mind of a magician—how they develop their other worldly skills, conjure up illusions, and leave the rest of us slack jawed with delight time after time. Along the way, Jay reveals another kind of secret, one all readers will find meaningful even if they never aspire to perform sleight of hand: What does it take to follow your heart and achieve excellence?


In 52 short, compulsively readable essays, Jay describes how he does it, whether it’s through the making of illusions, the psychology behind them, or the way technology influences the world of magic. He considers the aesthetics of performance, discusses contemporary masters, including David Copperfield, Penn & Teller, and David Blaine, and details how magicians hone their craft. And answers questions like: Can a magic trick be too good? How do you saw a person in half? Is there real magic in the universe? The answers, like so much in magic and life, depend on you.


 


 


Apr
10 Sun
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Helene Wecker; The Hidden Palace (Via Zoom)

Tampa, FL
United States
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INDIVIDUAL Public Onsale: July 30, 2021 10:03 AM to April 10, 2022 7:00 PM

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Helen Wecker; The Hidden Palace

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Author:


Helene Wecker’s first novel, The Golem and the Jinni, was awarded the Mythopoetic Award for Adult Literature, the VCU Cabell Award for First Novel and the Harold U. Ribalow Prize, and was nominated for a Nebula Award and a World Fantasy Award. A Midwest native, she holds a B.A. in English from Carleton College and an M.F.A. in Fiction Writing from Columbia University. Her work has appeared in literary journals such as Joyland and Catamaran, as well as fantasy anthology The Djinn Falls in Love and Other Stories. She currently lives in the San Francisco Bay area with her husband and children.



Book:


 The Golem and the Jinni is a debut novel written by Helene Wecker, published by Harper in April 2013. It combines the genre of historical fiction with elements of fantasy, telling the story of two displaced magical creatures in 19th century New York City. A sequel, The Hidden Palace, was published in June 2021.


May
22 Sun
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Jill Santopolo; Everything After (Via Zoom)

Tampa, FL
United States
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INDIVIDUAL Public Onsale: July 30, 2021 10:03 AM to May 22, 2022 7:00 PM

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Jill Santopolo; Everything After

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Author:


Jill Santopolo is the internationally best-selling author of More Than Words, The Light We Lost, which was a Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick, and the forthcoming Everything After (available March 9, 2021). Her books have been translated into more than 35 languages, and have been named to the New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Apple, and Indie Bound bestseller lists. She is also the author of the Alec Flint Mysteries, the Sparkle Spa series, and the Follow Your Heart books. Jill has traveled all over the U.S.—and to Canada and Europe—to speak about writing and storytelling. She lives in New York City and Washington, DC.



Book:


Two loves. Two choices. One chance to follow her dreams.

Emily has come a long way since she lost her two passions fifteen years ago: music, and Rob. She's a psychologist at NYU who helps troubled college students like the one she once was. Together with her caring doctor husband, Ezra, she has a beautiful life. They're happy. They hope to start a family. But when a tragic event in Emily's present too closely echoes her past, and parts of her story that she'd hoped never to share come to light, her perfect life is suddenly upturned. Then Emily hears a song on the radio about the woman who got away. The melody and voice are hauntingly familiar. Could it be? As Emily's past passions come roaring back into her life, she'll find herself asking: Who is she meant to be? Who is she meant to love?


 


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