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PRESENTING authors and books that stimulate learning and community conversation
PROMOTING reading, writing, and awareness of books, both fiction and non-fiction
OFFERING a variety of rich and stimulating in-person author programs with wide appeal

These visiting authors and their books highlight Jewish themes with universal appeal in fiction, memoir, history and cuisine.

Event Reservations may be made and books purchased: online, using links below; in person at the JCC membership office; by phone: 505-348-4518; or at Bookworks.

Individual event tickets: $10/advance, $12/door
October 21 lunch event: $20/advance, $22/door
Series pass includes all events: $65

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All events at JCC except January 13, 2019, Amy Kritzer, Nosh Talk, ABQ NoshFest at Sandia Resort

Rachel Kadish The Weight of Ink

Rachel Kadish
THE WEIGHT OF INK

Mon, October 15, 2018 at 7 pm

Winner of a National Jewish Book Award
Sweeping in scope yet intimate in tone, The Weight of Ink is a sophisticated work of historical fiction. Two remarkable women, separated by centuries, make choices and sacrifices to transcend their societies' expectations. A book to get lost in!

Toni Morrison calls Kadish: “A gifted writer, astonishingly adept at nuance, narration, and the politics of passion.” Among her many honors and awards, she has been a fiction fellow of the National Endowment for the Arts and the Massachusetts Cultural Council, has received the National Jewish Book Award, the Association of Jewish Libraries Fiction Award, and the John Gardner Fiction Award, and was the Koret Writer-in-Residence at Stanford University.

Kadish lives outside Boston, where she teaches at Lesley University's MFA Program in Creative Writing.

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Peter Golden Nothing is Forgotten

Peter Golden
NOTHING IS FORGOTTEN

Wed, October 17, 2018 at 7pm

From the acclaimed author of Wherever There Is Light, comes a novel about the life-changing journey of a young man who travels from New Jersey to Khrushchev's Russia and the beaches of Southern France. Along the way he finds love and discovers the answers to long-hidden secrets about his heritage.

American author, historian, journalist, and blogger, Golden is the author of 6 works of non-fiction and fiction. During the course of his career, he has interviewed many world leaders while researching his books and articles: Presidents Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush; Secretaries of State Henry Kissinger, Alexander Haig, George Shultz; Israeli Prime Ministers Yitzhak Rabin, Shimon Peres,Yitzhak Shamir; and Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev.

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Joyce Maynard The Best of Us

Joyce Maynard
THE BEST OF US: A MEMOIR

Sun, October 21, 2018 at Noon
Bagels Lunch

Maynard's heartbreaking yet life-affirming memoir recounts finding her greatest love in her late fifties. Her husband's death four years later and her return from tragedy is a reflection on understanding true love after great loss. Maynard is the author of seventeen books, including At Home in the World, the novel To Die For adapted for the screen starring Nicole Kidman, and the novel Labor Day also made into a film starring Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin.

A native of New Hampshire, Joyce Maynard began publishing her stories in magazines when she was thirteen years old. She first came to national attention with the publication of her New York Times cover story, "An Eighteen Year Old Looks Back on Life", in 1972, when she was a freshman at Yale.

Since then, she has been a reporter and columnist for The New York Times, a syndicated newspaper columnist whose "Domestic Affairs" column appeared in over fifty papers nationwide, a regular contributor to NPR and national magazines including Vogue, The New York Times Magazine, and many more.

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Izzy Ezagui Disarmed

Izzy Ezagui
DISARMED

Wed, October 24, 2018 at 7pm

The inspiring story of a young American who volunteered for the Israel Defense Forces, lost his arm in combat, and then returned to the battlefield. Combining refreshing candor with self-deprecating wit, this memoir will encourage readers to fulfill their dreams despite impossible odds.

A decorated squad commander in the Israel Dense Forces, U.S. born and raised Izzy is the only solider in the world who lost an arm in combat and returned to the battlefield. On Wednesday, October 24 at 7pm, the JCC will welcome him from Los Angeles to inspire us with his recently penned memoir, “Disarmed: Unconventional Lessons from the World's Only One-Armed Special Forces Sharpshooter”.

While he continues to serve in an elite unit in the reserves, Izzy delivers talks across the US and internationally. He's appeared on the Huffington Post, Al Jazeera America, and Fox News. He also raises millions of dollars for hospitals, rehabilitation programs, and other charities such as the Birthright Foundation. He has worked with amputee organizations, schools, hedge funds, and for events at companies such as Nike and Apple. And he just turned 30 years old!

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Keith Gessen A Terrible Country

Keith Gessen
A TERRIBLE COUNTRY

Sun, October 28, 2018 at 3pm

A wise, sensitive novel about Russia, exile, family, love, history and fate, A Terrible Country asks what you owe the place you were born, and what it owes you. With grace and humor, Keith Gessen's brilliant, mature novel surely marks him as one of the most talented novelists of his generation.

A Russian Jewish-born American novelist, journalist and literary translator, Keith Gessen emigrated to Boston at age six in 1981. He is an assistant professor of journalism at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. He will visit the JCC from New York City on Sunday, October 28 at 3 pm to discuss his newly-released, second novel, “A Terrible Country”.

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Stephen Fried Rush

Stephen Fried
RUSH: A BIOGRAPHY

Thu, November 1, 2018 at 2pm

The remarkable story of Benjamin Rush M.D., medical pioneer and one of our nation's most provocative and unknown founders. New York Times bestselling author and award-winning journalist Stephen Fried reveals the most important Founding Father we've never heard of.

Journalist and New York Times bestselling author Stephen Fried is an adjunct professor at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and the University of Pennsylvania, his alma mater. His most recent work “Rush: Revolution, Madness & the Visionary Doctor Who Became a Founding Father”, will be published by Crown in September 2018.

A two-time winner of the National Magazine Award, Stephen has written frequently for Vanity Fair, GQ, The Washington Post Magazine, Rolling Stone, Smithsonian, Glamour, and Philadelphia Magazine, where he also served for two years as editor-in-chief.

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Amy Kritzer Sweet Noshings

Amy Kritzer
SWEET NOSHINGS: NEW TWISTS ON TRADITIONAL JEWISH DESSERTS

Sun, January 13, 2019 at 2pm
“Nosh Talk” at ABQ NoshFest | Sandia Resort

Amy Kritzer combines stories of life as a wandering Jew and plenty of kitsch with modern interpretations of classic recipes. You don't have to be Jewish to love her new takes on old favorites; just enjoy getting creative in the kitchen.

Author websites: whatjewwannaeat.com and moderntribe.com

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