Central Florida Jewish Book Festival

Sunday, October 29, 2017

The Roth Family JCC, 851 N. Maitland Ave.

Learn & laugh with these Jewish authors at the literary event of the year, co-presented by the Writer's Block Bookstore and The Roth Family JCC of Greater Orlando. There will be complimentary babysitting at the JCC for children ages 2-12; advanced registration is required and is done at the time of your ticket purchase.

General Admission (Open Seating): $10 per talk
VIP Reserved Seat in First 2 Rows: $50 for all three talks PLUS a meet-and-greet from 2:45-3:45pm with Glantz, Dunn, Raskin & Gurwitch

Behind-the-Scenes with Ronald Balson

A Harper Lee Award Finalist in Legal Fiction, Balson is the author of Karolina’s Twins, Saving Sophie, and the international bestseller Once We Were Brothers. His new book, The Trust, has private investigator Liam Taggart travel to his uncle’s funeral, only to discover he was murdered.


Panel Discussion: All You Need is Laugh


Jen Glantz, Professional Bridesmaid

Jen posted an ad on Craigslist advertising her services as a professional bridesmaid. When she woke up the next morning, it had gone viral. What began as a half-joke suddenly turned into a lifetime of adventure. Hear about her adventures, including her memoir, Always a Bridesmaid (For Hire).

Gaby Dunn & Allison Raskin, YouTube Stars

These two best friends live in Los Angeles and founded the comedy YouTube channel Just Between Us. They have worked together and separately for Buzzfeed, Sourcefed, and Fullscreen. Their new book is I Hate Everyone But You.



Mishpacha: Wherever You Go, There They Are with Annabelle Gurwitch (Keynote)


An actress & author, including the New York Times bestseller, I See You Made an Effort. Her latest book, Wherever You Go, There They Are is a hilarious and insightful look at family. 

She was the co-host of Dinner and a Movie on TBS. Her essays and satire have appeared in more than a dozen national magazines.

“In Wherever You Go, There They Are, Annabelle Gurwitch takes inspiration from her own life to examine that most horrible of all human conditions: family.  This hilarious and insightful book reminds me why I’m so, so happy that I didn’t have children!”  —Bill Maher


For More Information:
Robby Etzkin, Executive Director