This year the Patron night speaker is Barbara Winton, author of If It’s Not Impossible … The Life of Sir Nicholas Winton. The story of how Nicholas Winton quietly saved the lives of more than 600 children has been documented on “60 Minutes” and in at least two films. Nicholas Winton emphasizes that instead of honoring him for his past heroism, people should concentrate on the future. The 63rd Annual Jewish Book Fair offers our community the best of our past, present and future. New stories still emerge from the horrors of the early 20th century. Jewish history and courage in Europe are gracefully told in the books, Three Minutes in Poland, Women of Valor, Violins of Hope and Alex’s Wake.
The end of the 20th century also provided an opportunity for Jewish rescue, courage and survival through Soviet Jewish emigration. Lev Golinkin vividly creates the refugee experience in his memoir A Backpack, a Bear, and Eight Crates of Vodka, the latest book in this emerging genre of authors which includes David Bezmozgis and Gary Shteyngart.
The 20th century, in spite of the darkness, made a grand contribution to civilization. Samantha Baskind, professor of Art History, will speak on her book, Jewish Artists and the Bible in Twentieth Century America. The 21st century still offers the opportunity for courage and resilience as portrayed in Zieva Konvisser’s Living Beyond Terrorism and Yochi Dreazen’s The Invisible Front.
We can be encouraged that small morsels of humor were enjoyed even in the most ominous moments of human experience. (You can read the featured books to identify this!)
The 63rd Annual Jewish Book Fair will take a respite from the serious topics to laugh and enjoy with friends during Comedy Book Night with actress and author Annabelle Gurwitch!
Nicholas Winton recommended that we should affect our future in a positive way. “If it is not impossible … you must do it!” Scott Cowen, former president of Tulane University, can show us the way to improve the community we live in with his 10 principles in The Inevitable City ... and do it we must! From fabulous fiction to enjoyable entertainment, the 63rd Annual Jewish Book Fair of Metro Detroit is waiting for you!
Terry Hollander and Sue Lutz, Co-chairs
Rachel Ruskin, Book Fair Director
Book Store Hours
West BloomfieldWednesday, November 5 7 – 9:30 p.m.
Thursday, November 6 1 – 9:30 p.m.
Friday, November 7 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Saturday, November 8 7 – 9:30 p.m.
Sunday, November 9 9:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Monday, November 10 9:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Tuesday, November 11 1 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Wednesday, November 12 9:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Thursday, November 13 10 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Friday, November 14 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Saturday, November 15 7 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Sunday, November 16 9:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Oak ParkSunday, November 9 9:30 a.m.– 9 p.m.
Monday, November 10 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Tuesday, November 11 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Wednesday, November 12 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Thursday, November 13 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Sunday, November 16 9:30 a.m.– 3 p.m.