2020 Ann Arbor Jewish Book Festival offers 25 authors over 20 days
I've increased my reading tenfold since the beginning of the pandemic.
Of course, most of that reading is doom scrolling on Twitter, but nevertheless, words were seen by my eyes.
But my desire to consume books hasn't waned even if my attention span has, and the 2020 Ann Arbor Jewish Book Festival (AAJBF) has provided a host of authors and titles to add to my unconquerable to-read list.
From December 2 to 22, the AAJBF will present 25 authors discussing 22 books, which is a lot more than usual for this 33-year-old festival. If there's any benefit to the whole world being on lockdown and Zoom calls becoming a part of our collective DNAs, it means festivals like this and others are able to schedule more authors (or performers, etc.) because they don't have to travel to the events in person. While the arts and culture side of the AAJBF will be muted this year because of the pandemic, there's now an increased chance to engage with a wide range of authors writing about Jewish subjects or that have Jewish connections—and most of the talks are free of charge.
Here's the calendar for the 2020 Ann Arbor Jewish Book Festival; click on the authors' names for event links on the AAJBF website:
December 2 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Night of the Assassins: The Untold Story of Hitler’s Plot to Kill FDR, Churchill, and Stalin
December 3 @ 1:30 pm
As Needed for Pain: A memoire of addiction
December 3 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
My Wife Said You May Want to Marry Me: A Memoir
December 4 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
The Last King of Shanghai: The Rival Jewish Dynasties That Helped Create Modern China
December 5 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Lilyville: Mother, Daughter, and Other Roles I’ve Played
December 7 @ 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Peas Love & Carrots: The Cookbook
December 8 @ 2:45 PM - 4:00 PM
Red Sea Spies: True Story of the Mossad’s Fake Diving Resort
December 9 @ 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
The Betrayal of the Duchess: The Scandal That Unmade the Bourbon Monarchy and Made France Modern
December 10 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
ANDREI MARKOVITS AND KENNETH GARNER (LOCAL AUTHORS NIGHT)
The Boundaries of Pluralism: The World of the University of Michigan’s Jewish Students from 1897 – 1945
December 13 @ 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Honey on the Page: A Treasure of Yiddish Children’s Literature
December 13 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
The Lives of Isaac Stern
December 14 @ 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Feast Your Eyes: A Novel
December 14 @ 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
The Last Interview: A Novel
December 15 @ 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
December 17 @ 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
ESTHER SAFRAN FOER
I Want You To Know We’re Still Here: A Post-Holocaust Memoir
Christopher Porter is a library technician and the editor of Pulp.