Author Speaker Series

Visiting authors will include local, national, and international authors. Some of the visits will be authors who are from the Jewish Book Network. Community partner with Writer’s Block Bookstore of Winter Park. Check back for more information soon!

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author of (((Semitism))) 

December 21, 2018  

New York Times editor Jonathan Weisman discusses his new book, (((SEMITISM))): Being Jewish in America in the Age of Trump, looking at how Jews are viewed in America since the election of Donald J. Trump, and how we can move forward to fight anti-Semitism. 

Jonathan Weisman is the Deputy Washington Editor of The New York Times and author of the novel, No. 4 Imperial Lane, which was a Chautauqua Prize finalist, Amazon Best Book of the Month, and Great Group Reads Pick at the Women’s National Book Association. He has reported for The Baltimore Sun, The Washington Post, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, and others. He is the father of two teenage daughters, and lives with fellow writer Jennifer Steinhauer in Washington, D.C.


David Litt   
author of Thanks Obama 

April 5, 2019  

David Litt entered the White House in 2011 and left in 2016 as a special assistant to the president and senior presidential speechwriter. Described as the “comic muse for the president,” David was the lead writer on four White House Correspondents’ Dinner presentations and has contributed jokes to President Obama’s speeches since 2009. He is currently the head writer/producer for Funny or Die’s office in Washington, DC. David has also written for The Onion, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Cosmopolitan, Vanity Fair, The Atlantic, and the New York Times. He lives in Washington with his girlfriend and their two goldfish, Humphrey and Camille.

Jenna Blum 
author of The Lost Family 

June 13, 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.