The annual Northern Virginia Jewish Book Festival has morphed into 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.
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
Harry Golden was a middle-aged, raspy-voiced, cigar-smoking, bourbon-loving Jewish raconteur from New York’s Lower East Side when he landed in Charlotte, North Carolina, on the eve of the civil rights movement.
Free Admission. Register for free tickets here.
Book Fest 2015
Thursday, October 29 thru Tuesday, November 10
Annual New Book Sale: Hundreds of titles — from new releases to the tried and true, fact to fiction, history to mystery, cookbooks to holiday books — we’ll have it all!
Book sale hours to be announced by mid-September.
Book Fest Opening Night
Love and Miss Communication
Thursday, October 29, 7:30pm
This unforgettable debut novel asks us to look up from our screens and out at the world…and to imagine what life would be like with no searches, no status updates, no texts, no Tweets, no pins, and no posts!
Tickets: $18 | $14 J member and seniors (65+) | $10 under 30. Ticket includes post-talk reception.
The Mitten String
Sunday, November 1, 2pm - location to be announced
An original folktale about a girl who knits, a deaf woman, and a piece of blue yarn.
j. talks Local Author Event
Wednesday, November 4, 7pm
It’s like speed dating, but with authors! They’ll have just three minutes to capture your imagination. Event Location: One More Page Books, Arlington
Applications will be available in early September.
A Street Divided: Stories from Jerusalem's Alley of God
Sunday, November 8, 7pm
Arab families called it “al Mantiqa Haram.” Jewish residents knew it as “shetach hefker.” In both languages it meant the same thing: “the Forbidden Area.” To folks on either side of the border, it was the same thing: a dangerous no-man’s land separating warring nations and feuding cultures. The barbed wire came down in 1967, but it was soon supplanted by ever more daunting cultural, emotional, and political barriers separating Arab and Jew. A Street Divided tells this story from one of the rare streets where Israelis and Palestinians live together.
Tickets: $12 | $10 member and seniors (65+) | $8 under 30
Book Fest Closing Night
William V. Madison
Madeline Kahn: Being the Music –– A Life
The first biography of the beloved Tony-winning and Oscar-nominated actress, Madeline Kahn: Being the Music — A Life examines the career of a star who grew up in a non-observant family and went on to work frequently with Jewish writer–directors such as Mel Brooks, Peter Bogdanovich, and Gene Wilder.
Tickets: $12 | $10 member and seniors (65+) | $8 under 30
Character Breakfast with the Berenstain Bears
Sunday, November 15, 9:30am
Join your “beary” special friends from Bear Country as you feast on breakfast treats with the Berenstain Bears! Enjoy a morning filled with fun, crafts, and stories — there will also be plenty of opportunities to take photos with the characters to remember this special day at the J (bring your camera)! New! This year, additional activities will be offered for our older attendees ages 6+. Visit jccnv.org for announcements and registration information. This event typically sells out — register early!
Fee: $9 per person; $41 maximum per family (up to 5 people) | $8 per J member; $36 maximum per family (up to 5 people)
Co-sponsored with Gesher Jewish Day School and in partnership with JCCNV Growing Jewish Families and PJ Library®
In partnership with J’s Monthly Discussion Group: Our World Today and in the Future
The Age of Clinton: America in the 1990s
Monday, November 16, 12:15pm-2pm
This year-by-year chronicle of the wild, transformative 1990s centers on the Clinton White House, using Bill and Hillary Clinton as the central characters of a decade that helped shape our lives today. In showing how Americans lived and changed, Troy shows how American Jews lived and changed. In exploring Bill Clinton’s quest for peace in the Middle East, Troy depicts this Democratic president’s love for Israel — and fury at Yasir Arafat for undermining the Oslo Peace Process.
Facilitated by Mimi Rosenberg. Participants are welcome to bring a dairy or parve/ meatless lunch. Coffee and tea will be provided.
Fee: $3 | Free for J member. No RSVP — Just come
In partnership with J’s Adult Services program
Shocking Paris – Soutine, Chagall and the Outsiders of Montparnasse
Thursday, November 19, Noon-2:30pm
For a couple of decades before World War II, a group of immigrant painters and sculptors, including Amedeo Modigliani, Marc Chagall, Chaim Soutine, and Jules Pascin dominated the new art scene of Montparnasse in Paris. After the defeat of France by Hitler’s Germany, the East European Jewish immigrants who had made their way to France for sanctuary were no longer safe. In constant fear of the French police and the German Gestapo, plagued by poor health and bouts of depression, Soutine was the epitome of the tortured artist. Rich in period detail, Stanley Meisler’s Shocking Paris explores the short, dramatic life of one of the most influential artists of the twentieth century.
Noon: Lunch (bring dairy or parve/meatless); dessert buffet, coffee and tea will be provided. 12:45pm: Program
Fee: $12 | $8 J member
RSVP: 703.323.0880, or register when visiting the J.
Performing Arts Series event
A Broken Hallelujah: Rock and Roll, Redemption and the Life of Leonard Cohen
Live music with special guest Bayla Whitten and friends
Saturday, December 5, 8pm
A Broken Hallelujah examines the intricacies of the artist who had gone from a successful world tour and a movie star girlfriend to a long residency in a remote Zen retreat; and the rare spiritual seeker for whom the principles of traditional Judaism, the tenets of Zen Buddhism, and the iconography of Christianity all align. The portrait that emerges is that of an artist attuned to notions of justice, lust, longing, loneliness, and redemption, and possessing the sort of voice and vision commonly reserved only for the prophets. Liel Leibovitz beautifully illuminates what Cohen is telling us and why we listen so intently.
Tickets: $24 adults | $20 J members and seniors (65+) | $14 under 30. Seating: Black Box configuration for 120.
Additional author events in Winter/Spring 2016 will be announced in the fall.
Dan Kirsch, Cultural Arts Director | 703.537.3075 | Dan.Kirsch@jccnv.org