MJCCA Book Fest Rides Into Danger Zone

MJCCA Book Fest Rides Into Danger Zone

The presidential election campaign figures to drive people into the danger zone, so the organizers of the Book Festival of the Marcus Jewish Community Center decided to cut loose in November.MJCCA Book Fest Rides Into Danger Zone 2

Singer Kenny Loggins is opening the festival Nov. 5, three days before the election. He’ll talk about his new children’s book, “Footloose,” featuring dancing zoo animals, and he’ll play four or five songs.

His appearance won’t be the only lighthearted event of the 25th annual festival:

  • Hollywood agent Shep Gordon will present his memoir, “They Call Me Supermensch,” after a screening of the documentary about him, “Supermensch,” on Nov. 12.
  • Carson Kressley of “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” fame will appear Nov. 15 with his new book, “Does This Book Make My Butt Look Big?”
  • Bravo’s Andy Cohen will close the festival Nov. 20 with “Superficial: More Adventures From the Andy Cohen Diaries.”

That’s not to say the festival will be entirely fun and games. The serious nonfiction books on the schedule include “Transitions,” the memoir of Moshe Dayan’s politician daughter, Yael Dayan, on Nov. 6; a World War II duo, Robert Wittman’s “The Devil’s Diary” and Brian Curtis’ “Fields of Battle, on Nov. 6; Joel Hoffman’s corrective on Christian Bible interpretation, “The Bible Doesn’t Say That,” on Nov. 8; Peter Bergen’s work on homegrown terrorists, “United States of Jihad,” on Nov. 10; and Daniel Gordis’ concise history “Israel” on Nov. 13.MJCCA Book Fest Rides Into Danger Zone 1

On the fiction side, the highlights include Jonathan Safran Foer’s “Here I Am” on Nov. 9, part of the festival’s Kristallnacht observance; Alice Hoffman’s “Faithful,” Victoria Kelly’s “Mrs. Houdini” and Thelma Adams’ “Last Woman Standing” on Nov. 14; Meir Shalev’s “Two She-Bears” on Nov. 16; and Christopher Noxon’s “Plus One” on Nov. 18.

Georgia writers in the festival include Jonathan Rabb (“Among the Living”), Zoe Fishman (“Inheriting Edith”), Jesse Itzler (“Living With a SEAL”) and Jeffrey Selman (“G-d Sent Me”).

See the full schedule. Individual tickets and series passes go on sale Thursday, Sept. 1, at atlantajcc.org.



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