The Jewish Community Center of Metropolitan Detroit's 61st Annual Jewish Book Fair will be held November 7-18 and will feature leading figures from the arts, entertainment, politics, business, journalism and much more.
Included is an opening appearance by singer Judy Collins at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, November 7. Collins will perform and discuss her new book Sweet Judy Blue Eyes: My Life in Music.
The country's oldest and largest Jewish book fair, the event will include presentations at both JCC campuses, 6600 W. Maple Road in West Bloomfield and 15110 W. Ten Mile Road in Oak Park.
In addition to the speakers, the Book Fair will include a comedy night, an interfaith cooking presentation, a local author program and a film, as well as a store with more than 10,000 titles. Most events are free and open to the public.
Among the highlights of this year's Book Fair are Patron Night with Stuart E. Eizenstat, who served in the White House, the State Department, the U.S. Treasury and as ambassador to the European Union; an evening of music with Detroit Symphony Orchestra Maestro Leonard Slatkin (discussing his new book Conducting Business: Unveiling the Mystery Behind the Maestro) and Lincoln Center pianist Caroline Stoessinger, who will perform and discuss her book A Century of Wisdom, the story of 108-year-old Alice Herz-Sommer, a Holocaust survivor raised in a home where regular guests included Kafka, Freud and Rainer Maria Rilke; a tribute to the late Jeffrey Zaslow, with the author's daughter, Jordan Zaslow; and former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, who will discuss her new book Prague Winter.
Additional speakers and events include:
1. Ken Segall, author of Insanely Simple: The Obsession That Drives Apple's Success. Advertising executive Segall worked closely with Steve Jobs and named the iMac.
2. Author and Star Steve Guttenberg of "Police Academy" and "Three Men and a Baby" will present his book The Guttenberg Bible a story of unexpected friendships and connections.
3. Deborah Feldman, author of Unorthodox, a memoir of life in the Satmar Jewish community.
4. Renowned cookbook author Helen Nash, who will discuss New Kosher Cuisine: Healthy, Simple & Stylish
5. Larry Tye, whose Superman: The High-Flying History of America's Most Enduring Hero tells the true story of two boys with a dream and one amazing superhero.
6. Through the Door of Life: A Jewish Journey Between Genders, the story of Joy Ladin, who began her life as Jay Ladin, became an instructor at the Orthodox Yeshiva University - and then left only to return as Joy Ladin.
7. Moshe Arens, author of Flags Over the Warsaw Ghetto. Israel's former Minister of Defense tells the true, unknown of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising.
8. Dr. Neal Alpiner, author of The Lunchroom Jungle, a guide to help parents deal with stress.
9. Anouk Markovits, whose I Am Forbidden: A Novel presents a story of four generations nearly destroyed by a family secret.
10. Nonie Darwish, author of The Devil We Don't Know: The Dark Side of Revolutions in the Middle East, an outstanding examination of the "Arab Spring."
11. In The Ottoman Turk and the Pretty Jewish Girl, Beyhan Cagri Trock tells the story of her Turkish Jewish mother and Muslim father and the unique history, culture and recipes they brought when they came to the United States.
12. Best-selling author Susan Isaacs, whose Goldberg Variations is the story of an irreverent tycoon desperate to find an heir.
13. New York Times columnist Devan Siphar, author of The Wedding Beat, the classic boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy assigned to write article about girl's wedding story.
14. Scott Lasser, author of Say Nice Things About Detroit.
15. Daniel B. Smith, author of Monkey Mind, detailing the author's struggles with anxiety.
16. Health Awareness Day, with Dr. Gary Small (The Alzheimer's Prevention Program: Keep Your Brain Healthy for the Rest of Your Life); Dr. Harry Osterer (Legacy); and Dr. Jordan Smoller (The Other Side of Normal: How Biology Is Providing the Clues to Unlock the Secrets of Normal and Abnormal Behavior).
17. The Last Testament: A Memoir by God, as told by David Javerbaum. Emmy Award-winner Javerbaum will appear at the Book Fair's first-ever Comedy Cabaret, emceed by Big Al Muskovitz.
18. Ari Schonbrun, author of Miracle & Fate on 78, the true story of one of the few survivors of the Twin Towers and the dramatic changes in his life after the tragedy.
19. Rock ‘n Roll Myths, with co-author Gary Graff revealing the truth about Van Halen and those brown M&Ms, a dragon named Puff and many more legends.