If you needed yet another reminder as to why Ann Arbor is revered as a book-lovers paradise, look no further than the 22nd annual Jewish Book Festival, which begins Tuesday, November 3rd, at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Ann Arbor, 2935 Birch Hollow Drive. When local and out-of-town book fans alike discuss why Ann Arbor is one of the premiere cities for literary aficionados, not only in Michigan, but the entire country , one just has to take notice of the numerous book festivals that pop up annually including three very large and respected fairs (Ann Arbor Book Festival, Kerrytown BookFest and the Jewish Book Festival).
The events of the Jewish Book Festival begin this year with a bang on Tuesday at 7:00pm when New York Times Best Seller Jeffrey Zaslow arrives to host a discussion on his new book The Girls From Ames, a novel that was developed from one of his reoccurring columns that explored the lifelong bond between two women who were childhood friends in Ames, Iowa. The wide variety of literary events does not stop there as Dan Senor, former deputy White House press secretary, heads up a presentation on unique economic factors within Israel. As the festival rolls along the heavy hitters will continue to make appearances especially when Pulitzer Prize winning author Ira Berkow stops by on Baseball Night, November 9th to discuss his book, The Corporal Was A Pitcher in what is the festival’s first ever themed nights.
This two week event is a must-see for any literary fan and although the festival runs two weeks, it will wrap up before you can even turn the next page. For more information including dates, authors, events, prices, etc, visit the Jewish Book Festival website at www.jccannarbor.com.