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!
If You Could See Me: Life, Motherhood, and the Pursuit of Sanity
with Erin Mahone
Thursday, February 21, 7pm
Life is hard but it can be made a little easier with laughter, love, and support. In this one-woman show, Mahone shares humorous and heartbreaking stories and beloved songs highlighting her experiences growing up in a family where mental illness was the norm but love and humor prevailed. Her grandfather lived with schizophrenia and as a young person, was not allowed to talk about the things that were happening to him for fear that he would be institutionalized. Today, more than 70 years later, Mahone wants to be his voice – and empower others to raise their voices without shame. Book signing of If You Could See Me: Life, Motherhood, and the Pursuit of Sanity after the performance.
Ticket: $10 / $8 member
Ticket with book: $22 / $20 member
Thanks, Obama: My Hopey, Changey White House Years
with David Litt
Tuesday, April 9, 7pm
LOCATION: Busboys and Poets, 4251 Campbell Ave., Arlington
Like many twentysomethings, David Litt frequently embarrassed himself in front of his boss' boss. Unlike many twentysomethings, Litt's boss' boss was President Obama. At age twenty-four, Litt became one of the youngest White House speechwriters in history. Along with remarks on issues like climate change and criminal justice reform, he was the president's go-to writer for comedy. As the lead on the White House Correspondents' Dinner speech, he was responsible for some of President Obama's most memorable moments. His behind-the-scenes anecdotes answer questions you never knew you had: What's the classiest White House men's room? What's the social scene like on Air Force One? How do you force the National Security Council to stop hitting reply-all on every e-mail?
Ticket with book: $20
“Make & Take” Cooking Event
Pie Squared by Cathy Barrow
Instead of crimping and meticulously rolling out a round crust, slab pies are an unfussy twist that are perfect for a potluck or dinner party or just a family dinner. Baked on sheet pans, Pinterest’s latest food trend, slab pies can easily serve a crowd of people dinner or dessert. Pie Squared includes seventy-five foolproof recipes. Tonight you’ll make a creamy pie in time for Shavuot and a pareve pie to take home and bake or freeze.
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.