The Marcus Jewish Community Center hasn’t announced the full lineup for the 25th Book Festival of the JCC in November, but it is bringing in four headlining authors in September to get readers warmed up for the main event.
The ol’ ball coach, Steve Spurrier, kicks off the season of festival prologues with a free event Wednesday, Sept. 7, at 7:30 p.m. The former football coach at the University of Florida, the University of South Carolina, Duke and the Washington Redskins will sign copies of his memoir, “Head Ball Coach: My Life in Football, Doing It Differently — and Winning.”
The book tracks Spurrier’s life from his childhood in Tennessee to his Heisman Trophy-winning playing career and his coaching days in college and the pros, including a national championship with the Gators.
You have to buy a book at the event to get it signed, and Spurrier won’t sign any memorabilia.
Tickets for each of the other three prologue events are $10 for JCC members and $15 for nonmembers.
Joby Warrick appears at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13, to talk about this year’s Pulitzer Prize winner for nonfiction, “Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS.” Warrick’s narrative draws on access to high-level CIA and Jordanian sources to trace how the terrorist organization grew from something President Barack Obama could dismiss as the junior varsity to become the scourge of Europe.
Novelist Carl Hiaasen talks about his latest work, “Razor Girl,” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22. The comic novel tells the story of Merry Mansfield, the book’s eponymous scam artist.
Kristin Hannah brings the series of prologues to an epic close at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, with her novel about two sisters in World War II, “The Nightingale,” which she’ll discuss with former Atlanta Journal-Constitution book columnist Greg Changnon. Amazon named the novel one of the five best books of 2015.
All four events will be held at the JCC’s Zaban Park campus, 5342 Tilly Mill Road, Dunwoody. To purchase tickets, call 678-812-4005, or visit www.atlantajcc.org/bookfestival.
Tickets for the Book Festival itself, scheduled for Nov. 5 to 20, go on sale Sept. 1.