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Northern Virginia j.talks

An ongoing series of j.talks, conversations with authors and artists. Join us throughout the year for hard truths and inspiring stories, Jewish values, and living history — along with food, fiction and funny!

The J is a member of the Jewish Book Council. Most author programs are scheduled through the JBC. The J hosts a local author event each fall, where local authors can sell their books and/or participate in the "speed-dating" event. 

Host an Author
When authors visit, we provide funds for their travel, housing and per diem. Please consider “hosting” an author with a donation of $360, which will include a signed copy of your author’s book, four tickets to the author event, and recognition at the author event. 

2016-2017 j.talks events will be announced in August 2016.

Contact: Dan Kirsch, Cultural Arts Director | 703.537.3075 |

Past events: 2015-2016 Authors and Programs

Fall for the Book host site
Kimberly Marlowe Hartnett (Carolina Israelite: How Harry Golden Made Us Care About Jews, the South, and Civil Rights )
Wednesday, September 30, 7:30pm

Book Fest Opening Night
Elyssa Friedland (
Love and Miss Communication)
Thursday, October 29, 7:30pm

Jennifer Rosner (The Mitten String)
Sunday, November 1, 2pm
In partnership with the J's Growing Jewish Families, PJ Library®and Special Needs Department. 

j. talks Local Author Event
Event Location: One More Page Books, Arlington

Wednesday, November 4, 7pm
Local authors participating include Bruce Ashkenas, Jacqueline Jules, Eric Lotke, Alan Orloff, Deno Seder, Dave Tevelin and Courtney Tisch. 

Dion Nissenbaum (A Street Divided: Stories from Jerusalem's Alley of God)
Sunday, November 8, 7pm

Book Fest Closing Event
William V. Madison (Madeline Kahn: Being the Music –– A Life)

Tuesday, November 10, 7:30pm

Character Breakfast with the Berenstain Bears
Sunday, November 15, 9:30am

Co-sponsored with Gesher Jewish Day School and in partnership with JCCNV Growing Jewish Families and PJ Library®

Catherine Lloyd Burns (The Good, the Bad & the Beagle)
Sunday, November 15, 11am

In partnership with Congregation Beth Emeth

In partnership with J’s Monthly Discussion Group: Our World Today and in the Future
Gil Troy (The Age of Clinton: America in the 1990s )
Monday, November 16, 12:15pm-2pm

In partnership with J’s Adult Services program
Stanley Meisler (Shocking Paris – Soutine, Chagall and the Outsiders of Montparnasse)
Thursday, November 19, Noon-2:30pm

Performing Arts Series event
Liel Leibovitz (A Broken Hallelujah: Rock and Roll, Redemption and the Life of Leonard Cohen). Plus Live music with special guests Bayla Whitten, Mat Tonti and Eliza Jane Berkon. Piano: Neil Epstein.
Saturday, December 5, 8pm

The Art of Jewish Food event

Jessica Fechtor (Stir: My Broken Brain and the Meals That Brought Me Home)
Sunday, January 31, 4:15pm

Jews and Jazz Series Pre-Performance Talk
Tamar Barzel (New York Noise: Radical Jewish Music and the Downtown Scene)

Saturday, February 20, 7pm

Richmond Ballet II pre-performance talk
Sarah L. Kaufman (The Art of Grace: On Moving Well Through Life)
Saturday, March 12, 6:30pm

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Performing Arts, Jewish Film Festival, Authors: Dan

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