The 35th Annual Ann Arbor Jewish Book Festival features seven Ann Arbor authors and many more Michigan and international writers


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The 35th Annual Ann Arbor Jewish Book Festival features 31 authors in a mix of online and in-person events, November 6-18. Three of those evenings feature Michigan-based authors, including seven writers who live in Ann Arbor—two of whom we've interviewed recently.

Michelle Segar and Scott Hershovitz are the writers who spoke with Pulp about their new books, and they're joined at the festival by fellow Ann Arbor authors Ken Wachsberger, Ann S. Epstein, Julie Goldstein Ellis, Nancy Szabo, and Phil Barr.

Most of the in-person events are at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Ann Arbor, but the Ann Arbor District Library will host children's authors Ruth Behar and Sarah Sassoon, and a local authors gathering will be at the new Ann Arbor shop Third Mind Books.

Get the full list of events below, with each author's event web page linked in the book title for registration and more information:

Book covers of Tia Fortuna's New Home and Shoham's Bangle

Sunday, November 6, 11 am @ Ann Arbor District Library
Children’s authors event with Ruth Behar (Tia Fortuna's New Home) and Sarah Sassoon (Shoham’s Bangle).


Book covers for Level Up and A Play for the End of the World

Sunday, November 6, 7 pm @ JCC
Opening night with journalist Heather Cabot, who worked with Stacey Abrams and Lara Hodgson on Level Up: Rise Above the Hidden Forces Holding Your Business Back.

Monday, November 7, 11 am — virtual
Jai Chakrabarti (A Play For the End of the World: A Novel) in conversation with Professor Karla Goldman.

Monday, November 7, 7 pm — virtual
Stephen Mills (Chosen: A Memoir of Stolen Boyhood) in conversation with Michael Singer.

Tuesday, November 8, 1 pm — virtual
Marjorie Margolies
(And How Are the Children? Timeless Lessons from the Frontlines of Motherhood).

Tuesday, November 8, 7 pm — virtual
Andy Dunn
 (Burn Rate: Launching a Startup and Losing My Mind) in conversation with Dr. Melvin McInnis.

Wednesday, November 9, 1 pm — virtual
Benedetta Jasmine Guetta (Cooking alla Giudia: A Celebration of the Jewish Food of Italy) in conversation with Amanda Fisher.

Wednesday, November 9, 7 pm — virtual
Joel Shawn Poremba (My Name is Staszek Surdel: The Impossible Holocaust Survival of Nathan Poremba).


Book covers for You're Leaving When and Shanda

Thursday, November 10, 6 pm @ JCC
Sponsor dinner; sponsor night with Annabelle Gurwitch (You’re Leaving When? Adventures in Downward Mobility) begins at 7 pm.

Friday, November 11, 11 am — virtual
Letty Cottin Pogrebin
(Shanda: A Memoir of Shame and Secrecy) in conversation with Deborah Dash Moore.


Books covers for The Joy Choice and Never Be Afraid

Sunday, November 13, 11 am @ JCC
Local authors event with Franki Bagdade (I Love My Kids, But I Don’t Always Like Them: Expert Advice for Parents of Challenging Children), Ken Wachsberger (Never Be Afraid: A Belgian Jew in the French Resistance), Ann S. Epstein (One Person’s Loss), Danica Davidson (I Will Protect You: A True Story of Twins Who Survived Auschwitz), Susan Beth Miller (A Beautiful Land), and Michelle Segar (The Joy Choice), who Pulp interviewed here.

Sunday, November 13, 11 am — virtual
Dina Shtull (If My Tallit Could Talk…?).

Sunday, November 13, 7 pm — virtual
Daniel Levin (Violins and Hope: From the Holocaust to Symphony Hall).

Monday, November 14, 1 pm — virtual
Jonathan Reisman (The Unseen Body: A Doctor’s Journey Through the Hidden Wonders of Human Anatomy) in conversation with Dr. Jonathan Trobe.

Monday, November 14, 7 pm — virtual
Benjamin Spratt and Joshua Stanton (Awakenings: American Jewish Transformation in Identity, Leadership, and Belonging) in conversation with Rav Lisa, Rabbi Caine, and Rabbi Whinston.

Tuesday, November 15, 1 pm — virtual
Gwen Strauss (The Nine: The True Story of a Band of Women Who Survived the Worst of Nazi Germany) in conversation with Charles Newman.


Book covers for By the Grace of the Game and The Ones Who Remember

Tuesday, November 15, 7 pm @ Third Mind Books
Local authors event with Julie Goldstein EllisNancy Szabo, and Phil Barr who contributed to the anthology The Ones Who Remember: Second-Generation Voices of the Holocaust.

Wednesday, November 16, 1 pm — virtual
Mallory Smith (Salt in My Soul: An Unfinished Life) in conversation with Diane Shader Smith.

Wednesday, November 16, 7 pm — virtual
Daniel Grunfeld (By the Grace of the Game: The Holocaust, a Basketball Legacy, and an Unprecedented American Dream) in conversation with Professor Scott Ellsworth.

Thursday, November 17, 11 am — virtual
Sara Mednick (The Power of the Downstate: Recharge Your Life Using Your Body’s Own Restora­tive Systems) in conversation with Karen Dobkins.


Book covers for The Latecomer and Nasty, Brutish, and Short

Thursday, November 17, 7 pm @ JCC
Local author event with Scott Hershovitz (Nasty, Brutish, and Short). Read Pulp's interview with him here.

Friday, November 18, 1 pm — virtual
Jean Korelitz (The Latecomer: A Novel).

Visit for links to all the virtual events and to register for the in-person talks.