Author Speaker Series

Visiting authors include local, national, and international authors from the Jewish Book Council. Our community partner is Writer’s Block Bookstore of Winter Park.

Jenna Blum 
author of The Lost Family 

August 27, 2019   

Jenna Blum is the New York Times and internationally bestselling author of novels Those Who Save Us (Harcourt, 2002) and The Stormchasers (Dutton, 2010) and novella “The Lucky One” in the collection Grand Central (Berkeley/Penguin 2014). Jenna is also the author of the audiobook course The Writer at Work: the Art of Writing Fiction (Recorded Books, 2014). Jenna’s third novel, The Lost Family, was published by Harper Collins in June of 2018. 

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Adeena Sussman

 

Americans have begun to instinctively crave the spicy, bright flavors of Israeli cuisine, and in this timely cookbook, food writer and expat Adeena Sussman shows readers how to use border-crossing kitchen staples-- tahini, sumac, silan (date syrup), harissa, za'atar---to delicious effect, while also introducing more exotic spices and ingredients.

In an Israeli cookbook as personal as it is global, Sussman cooks and dreams up meals in her Tel Aviv kitchen. Every morning, Sussman makes her way through the bustling stalls of Shuk Hacarmel, her local market, which sells irresistibly fresh ingredients and tempting snacks--juicy ripe figs and cherries, locally made halvah, addictive street food, and delectable cheeses and olives. In Sababa, Sussman presents 125 recipes for dishes inspired by this culinary wonderland and by the wide-varying influences surrounding her in Israel.

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Scribble-scrabble. Scribble-scrabble. What is the noise coming from under Annie's bed? It's a little white goat, says her mother. Together, mother and child create a fantastical adventure in an imaginary world. Based on the much-loved Yiddish lullaby "Rozhinkes Mit Mandlen" ("Raisins and Almonds"). Author Susan Tar­cov grew up next to the Bronx Zoo, a great inspi­ra­tion for writ­ing children’s books. She is mar­ried has three chil­dren and lives in Chicago.

This event is co-sponsored by PJ Library Orlando and will be part of a Tu B'Shevat-themed Family Book Day and Craft Workshop.

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An unforgettable memoir about a mixed-race Jewish woman who, after 15 years of estrangement from her racist great-aunt, helps bring her home when Alzheimer’s strikes

In 1970, 3-day-old Marra B. Gad was adopted by a white Jewish family in Chicago. For her parents, it was love at first sight—but they quickly realized the world wasn’t ready for a family like theirs.

Marra’s biological mother was unwed, white, and Jewish, and her biological father was black. While still a child, Marra came to realize that she was “a mixed-race, Jewish unicorn.” In black spaces, she was not “black enough” or told that it was OK to be Christian or Muslim, but not Jewish. In Jewish spaces, she was mistaken for the help, asked to leave, or worse. Even in her own extended family, racism bubbled to the surface.

The Color of Love explores the idea of yerusha, which means "inheritance" in Yiddish. At turns heart-wrenching and heartwarming, this is a story about what you inherit from your family—identity, disease, melanin, hate, and most powerful of all, love. With honesty, insight, and warmth, Marra B. Gad has written an inspirational, moving chronicle proving that when all else is stripped away, love is where we return, and love is always our greatest inheritance.

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Car­la Naum­burg, PhD, is a writer, speak­er, and clin­i­cal social work­er. Drawing on evidence-based practices, How to Stop Losing Your Sh*t with Your Kids is an insight-packed and tip-filled plan for how to prevent parental meltdowns. Its compassionate, pragmatic approach will help readers feel less ashamed and more empowered to get their, ahem, act together instead of losing it.
 
“Using a powerful combination of humor and reality checks, Naumburg helps parents unpack their unique stressors (we all have them) and find ways to stay calm even the most frustrating of family moments.” —Katie Hurley, LCSW, author of No More Mean Girls and The Happy Kid Handbook

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