The 32nd annual edition of the Book Festival of the MJCCA is here! This year’s lineup of authors and guests will be sure to have the seats filled and arms ready to raise for post-program Q&A sessions.
Some of the more notable authors and presenters at this year’s festival include actors Millie Bobby Brown, John Stamos, Henry Winkler, and comedienne Judy Gold; Sheila Johnson, the first Black female billionaire and co-founder of BET; politicians like former Georgia Congresswoman Stacy Abrams and former U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger, and many more.
One of this year’s highlights will be on Nov. 4 when bestselling author Walter Isaacson presents his newest work, “Elon Musk,” a biography that delves deep into the controversial tech titan, and head of Twitter, SpaceX, and Neuralink.
Special thanks to presenting sponsors Greenberg Traurig, Barbara and Ed Mendel, and Fifth Third Bank.
The festival will run from Oct. 28 to Nov. 19 and will be held at the MJCCA, 5342 Tilly Mill Road, Dunwoody. Tickets are available and range in price depending on the speaking engagement. Copies of the books are typically included with the cost of admission and some events may feature refreshments, a book signing, and photo line. For more information, please visit www.atlantajcc.org/bookfestival.
The following previews are for events and book signing during the first half of the Book Festival of the MJCCA. The second half of event previews will be published in the following AJT edition, Nov. 15.
“Nineteen Steps,” Millie Bobby Brown
“Nineteen Steps,” the debut novel from acclaimed actress Millie Bobby Brown, is a poignant tale based on the personal history of her family’s experiences during World War II. The book follows 18-year-old Nellie Morris, who pains for normalcy in her life in the midst of the chaos that surrounds her. Inspired by her nanny, Ruth, Brown said, “This book is very personal and close to my heart. I grew up listening to stories about time living through the war. I’m honored I get to keep her story alive.” Event was held Sept. 20.
“The Eucalyptus Cookbook,” Chef Moshe Basson
In a conversation with Roey Shoshan, Chef Moshe Basson shares about his experiences running his world-renowned restaurant in Jerusalem, Eucalyptus. The book includes sumptuous recipes and mouthwatering photography. Event has been postponed due to the conflict in Israel.
“Women Mean Business,” Edie Fraser, Robyn Freedman Spizman, and Andi Simon
“Women Mean Business: Over 500 Insights From Extraordinary Leaders to Spark Your Success,” highlights the immense impact women have had throughout various industries and eras. The book aims to help inspire women to break through the perceived glass ceiling and find their own success. Event will be at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 23. Tickets are $18 for MJCCA members and $22 for non-members.
“If You Would Have Told Me: A Memoir,” John Stamos
In a conversation with Holly Fifer, popular actor and author John Stamos will discuss his new book, “If You Would Have Told Me: A Memoir.” Stamos penned this autobiography that lets readers in behind the scenes of his personal world. He covers topics like love, friendship, and fatherhood. Event is at 8 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 28. General tickets are $40 and include a copy of the book; Premier tickets cost $75 and also come with the book; please note there will be no book signing at this event – copies of the book come pre-signed. There will be a photo line the guests can access with their ticket purchase.
“The Einstein Effect,” Benyamin Cohen
In a conversation with Rodney Ho, author Benyamin Cohen will discuss his new book, “The Einstein Effect: How the World’s Favorite Genius Got Into Our Cars, Our Bathrooms and Our Minds.” Cohen, who serves as Albert Einstein’s official social media manager, writes about how the work of Einstein is still relevant in today’s world. Event will be at 1 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 29. Tickets are $13 for MJCCA members and $16 for non-members.
“Rogue Justice: A Novel,” Stacey Abrams
In a conversation with Gail Evans, Abrams, the former minority leader in the Georgia State House of Representatives, and also a former No. 1 bestseller with her previous book, will discuss her newest novel, “Rogue Justice: A Novel.” The tale follows Supreme Court Clerk Avery Keene as a murder, and potential international crisis, unfolds. Event is at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 29. Tickets are $20 for MJCCA members and $25 for non-members; please note there will not be a book signing for the event; all books will be pre-signed.
“Inseparable: A Holocaust Survival Story,” Faris Cassell
In a conversation with Stuart Eizenstat, author Faris Cassell will discuss her book, “Inseparable: A Holocaust Survival Story,” which was written with special guests Marion Lewin and Steven Hess. “Inseparable” is a vivid account of one family’s attempt to survive the Holocaust, and a young mother and father willing to sacrifice everything for their children. Event is at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 30. Admission is free with a reserved ticket.
“I Could Nosh…,” Josh Cohen
In a conversation with Steven Satterfield, author Josh Cohen will discuss his new book, “I Could Nosh…Classic Jew-ish Recipes Revamped for Every Day.” In his follow-up to the hugely popular, “Jew-ish,” brings Cohen signature style to some traditional (and not so traditional) Jewish dishes. Event is at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 1. Tickets are $40 and include a copy of the book and dessert.
“Maybe Once, Maybe Twice: A Novel,” Alison Rose Greenberg
In a conversation with Emma Gray, author Alison Rose Greenberg will discuss her new book, “Maybe Once, Maybe Twice: A Novel.” The novel is filled with romance and second chances, and is about finding your own way. Event is 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 2. Tickets are $18 for MJCCA members and $22 for non-members.
“Elon Musk,” Walter Isaacson
In a conversation with Gail Evans, author Walter Isaacson will discuss his new book, “Elon Musk.” The bestselling author, who previously wrote Steve Jobs’ biography, now tackles Elon Musk, the controversial tycoon. Isaacson shadowed Musk for two years as he gathered material for his most recent work. Event is at 8 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 4. Tickets are $38 and include a copy of the book.