Legally Speaking, Don’t Miss MJCCA Book Fest

Legally Speaking, Don’t Miss MJCCA Book Fest

Scott Turow just just one of the top authors who will speaking at upcoming book festival.
Scott Turow just just one of the top authors who will speaking at upcoming book festival.


Lawyers will be the focus, in one fashion or another, of several special sessions of this month’s MJCCA Book Festival.

The series, presented by Greenberg Traurig and PNC Bank, will feature several authors who are practicing and non-practicing attorneys, including: Scott Turow, Gregory J. Wallance, Jeffrey Toobin, Jim T. Barfield, Chris Matthews, Matthew Levitt, and Alan Dershowitz.

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Here’s what’s planned; unless stated otherwise, all programs will be held at the MJCCA in Dunwoody:

Scott Turow

The Book: “Identical: A Novel”

When: Sat., Nov. 2, 8:15 p.m.

Cost: Member: $18 / Community: $24

At a glance: “Identical,” based loosely on the myth of Castor and Pollux, is the story of the complex relationships between a family and their former neighbors. The complex web of murder, sex, and betrayal – as only Scott Turow could weave – dramatically unfolds, until the chilling truth is revealed. Turow is the author of nine best-selling works of fiction, including “Innocent”, “Presumed Innocent”, and “The Burden of Proof.”

Gregory J. Wallance

The Book: “America’s Soul in the Balance: The Holocaust, FDR’s State Department, and the Moral Disgrace of an American Aristocracy”

When: Tues., Nov. 5, 7:30 p.m.

Cost: Member: $13 / Community: $18

At a glance: At the height of World War II, four lawyers in the U.S. Treasury Department discovered that the highly-educated, patrician diplomats in the State Department had covered up reports of the Nazi scheme to exterminate European Jewry. The lawyers would eventually charge the diplomats with being “accom­plices of Hitler.”

Jeffrey Toobin

The Book: “The Oath: The Obama White House and the Supreme Court”

When: Thurs., Nov. 7, 7:30 p.m.

Cost: Member: $18 / Community: $24

At a glance: From the moment Chief Justice Roberts botched Barack Obama’s oath of office, the relationship between the Court and the White House has been a fraught one. Grappling with issues as diverse as campaign finance, abortion, and the right to bear arms, the Roberts court has put itself squarely at the center of American political life. A New Yorker staff writer, CNN Senior legal analyst, and a New York Times bestselling author, Toobin brilliantly portrays key personalities and cases in his latest work. “The Oath” is an essential guide to understanding the Supreme Court today.

Jim T. Barfield

The Book: “Boxcars”

When: Sun., Nov. 10, 4:30 p.m.

Cost: Free to the Community

At a glance: In May 1944, a Jewish teen’s career as a promising concert violinist has been derailed, and he is on the run from the Nazis. Two young adults of radically different backgrounds are cast together and experience their own distinct coming-of-age epiphany as they painfully explore their increasingly complicated and awkward relationship.

Chris Matthews

The Book: “Tip and the Gipper: When Politics Worked”

When: Sun., Nov. 10, 7:30 p.m.

Cost: Member: $18 / Community: $24

At a glance: From the author of the New York Times bestseller “Jack Kennedy” – and Tip O’Neill’s former chief-of-staff – comes this firsthand, one-of-a-kind story of the friendship between President Reagan and the Speaker of the House. They were the political odd couple – the two most powerful men in the country, a pair who, in Matthews’ words, “couldn’t be more different or more the same.” Matthews brings this unlikely friendship to life in his unique voice, offering us a timely object lesson in how bipartisan cooperation can work.

Matthew Levitt

The Book: “Hezbollah: The Global Footprint of Lebanon’s Party of God”

When: Tues., Nov. 12, 7:30 p.m.

Where: The Temple

Cost: Member: $13 / Community: $18

At a glance: Hezbollah – Lebanon’s “Party of God” – is a multifaceted organization. It’s a powerful politi­cal party in Lebanon, a Shia Islam religious and social movement, Lebanon’s largest militia, a close ally of Iran, and a terrorist organization. Drawing on a wide range of sources, Levitt examines Hezbollah’s beginnings, its first violent forays targeting Western interests in Leba­non, and then its terrorist activities and criminal enterprises abroad in Europe, the Middle East, South America, Southeast Asia, Africa, and finally in North America. This program will be “In Conversation” with Emory Prof. Kenneth Stein.

Alan Dershowitz

The Book: “Taking the Stand: My Life in the Law”

When: Sat., Nov. 16, 8 p.m.

Cost: Member: $18 / Community: $24

At a glance: America’s most prominent legal mind and the No. 1 bestselling author of “Chutzpah” and “The Best Defense,” Dershowitz, recounts his legal autobiography, describing how he came to the law, as well as the cases that have changed American jurisprudence over the past 50 years, most of which he has personally been involved in.

Additional Info

Most events will be held at the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta (MJCCA). To purchase tickets, call the MJCCA Box Office at (678) 812.4005, or visit online at


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