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.


Tuesday, March 12, 7pm

The Roth Family JCC is thrilled to welcome two visiting authors whose latest novels take the reader on immersive and inspiring journeys during World War II.

In Hannah’s War, Jan Eliasberg tells a gripping cat-and-mouse tale of love, war, deception, and espionage, set against the backdrop of World War II. In detailing the journey of an extraordinary heroine inspired by a real-life female physicist, Jan elevates the spy thriller with her clear, fierce admiration for the women of the past who refused to be edged out of the world of scientific discovery.

Kristin Harmel’s The Winemaker’s Wife is a stirring story set in France during the early 1940s as well present day, told primarily from three different perspectives. The Winemaker’s Wife is about life, love, loss, deception, determination, perseverance, resistance efforts, intricacies of winemaking, and the importance of forgiveness.

This discussion will include a Q&A, book sales and signing, and light refreshments.

General admission: $5
Meet & Greet: $40 (includes admission and choice of one book)


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.