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Jewish Book Fairs and Festivals

By Scott Lorenz
Westwind Communications

Book festivals and fairs are held year-round all over the world. As a book marketing specialist, I am the first to impress on authors the new and powerful marketing avenues open to all authors on the Internet – from websites and book trailers to social networks like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. While these are excellent tools when used properly, authors should never overlook opportunities to meet the reading public face-to-face.

Consider visiting some of these Jewish book fairs and festivals

If you are a Jewish author or specialize in writing about Jewish issues, you should consider visiting some of these Jewish book fairs and festivals.

October 2023 – May 2024, 43rd Berrin Family Jewish Book Festival of Alper JCC Miami (Miami, FL): Featuring 40+ renowned authors beginning in September each year. Whether you’re a book lover or simply interested in hearing from names synonymous with pop culture and bestsellers, there’s an event for everyone. https://www.alperjcc.org/pages/bookfestival/

October 15, 2023 – March 28, 2024, Dallas Jewish Bookfest (Dallas, TX): The mission of BookFest is to celebrate the written word brought to us by Jewish authors and books with Jewish content. Each year we seek the very best authors and books to provide a window to the Jewish experience and give our community members the opportunity to engage with the person behind the book while discovering what inspires the author in his or her creative work. https://jccdallas.org/special-events/bookfest/

November 7, 2023 – March 20, 2024, 24th Cleveland Jewish Book Festival (Beachwood, OH). The 24th annual festival celebrates Jewish authors, books and ideas. Featuring 17 books written by nationally and internationally acclaimed authors, participants will hear the stories behind a broad range of topics including Jewish life, historical fiction, Israeli literature, cooking, memoirs and more. For information please contact (216) 831-0700. https://www.mandeljcc.org/bookfest

December 3, 2023 – April 3, 2024, Greater Naples Jewish Book Festival (Naples, FL): The Greater Naples Jewish Book Festival brings a showcase of Jewish authors and books of Jewish content to our community. It will include a wide array of genres and author presentations. For further details, call (239) 263-4205, email [email protected] or https://www.jewishnaples.org/major-events/jewish-book-festival

Throughout 2024, United Jewish Federation of Tidewater & the Simon Family JCC’s Lee and Bernard Jaffe Family Jewish Book Festival (Virginia Beach, VA): For over 40 years, the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater & Simon Family JCC’s Lee and Bernard Jaffe Family Jewish Book Festival has celebrated Jewish authors, illustrators, and books, providing opportunities to engage with bestselling and up-and-coming writers. For further details, contact Jill Grossman at 757-965-6137 or [email protected]. https://federation.jewishva.org/arts-ideas/book-festival

January 30, 2024, St. Louis JCC’s 45th Annual Jewish Book Festival (St. Louis, MO): The St. Louis Jewish Book Festival is an annual celebration of authors, books, and ideas during early November, with additional author events year-round. The range of author topics is vast: business, cooking, economics, family, fiction, history, music, religion, sports, and more. https://jccstl.com/arts-ideas/st-louis-jewish-book-festival/

February 8, 2024, Marcus JCC Atlanta’s 33rd Edition of the Book Festival of the MJCCA (Dunwoody, GA): Mark your calendars for the annual Book Festival of the MJCCA—featuring more than 40 renowned authors in November each year. Whether you’re a book lover or simply interested in hearing from names synonymous with pop culture and bestsellers, there’s an event for everyone. The Book Festival of the MJCCA is one of the most highly regarded cultural events in the Southeast. https://www.atlantajcc.org/our-programs/arts-authors/book-festival/upcoming-events/

February 10-15, 2024, Cherie Smith JCC Jewish Book Festival (Vancouver, BC): There will be author talks and Q&As. This event usually attracts over 5,000 people of all ages. For more details, call 604-257-5156 or email [email protected]. https://online.flippingbook.com/view/369276057/

March 2-10, 2024, ​​London International Literacy Festival’s Jewish Book Week (London, UK): It will feature Jewish writers and themes and a number of interesting discussions. https://jewishliteraryfoundation.co.uk/bookweek/24

March 7, 2024, 2024 CJE Jewish Book Festival (Charlotte, NC): The Center for Jewish Education presents Charlotte’s second annual Jewish Book Festival. https://www.jewishcharlotte.org/ways-to-give/community-calendar1/2024-jewish-book-festival-1686334244

March 17, 2024, 2024 CJE Jewish Book Festival (Charlotte, NC): The Center for Jewish Education presents Charlotte’s second annual Jewish Book Festival. https://www.jewishcharlotte.org/ways-to-give/community-calendar1/2024-jewish-book-festival-1686334349/

March 26, 2024, 73rd Nation­al Jew­ish Book Award Celebration (New York, NY): The celebration will feature remarks from a selection of the 73rd winners in addition to special guests of Jewish Book Council. Each ticket supports Jewish Book Council’s efforts to enrich, educate, and strengthen the community through literature. https://www.jewishbookcouncil.org/events/73rd-national-jewish-book-award-celebration

August 21-25, 2024. Sydney Jewish Writers’ Festival (Sydney, NSW). The Shalom Sydney Jewish Writers Festival (SJWF) is an annual festival which also runs pop-up events throughout the year. Our events are open to people of all ages who share a love of reading and ideas and want to hear from some of the world’s best authors. The SJWF celebrates the richness and diversity of contemporary Jewish writing from around the world. It features authors who are Jewish or whose books are of Jewish interest and includes novelists, journalists, screenwriters, performers and writers of nonfiction. https://www.shalom.edu.au/shalom-programs/sydney-jewish-writers-festival/

Book fairs typically seek out guest speakers. By volunteering to speak at a Jewish book fair, you will pique the interest of new readers, promote your book, and potentially gain a few new fans. Additionally, you can add the speaking appearance to your resume. Be sure to plan ahead because book fairs, speaking engagements and readings are all planned months in advance. For a complete list of book fairs and festivals visit https://westwindbookmarketing.com/

The Bottom Line: Reach out to the Jewish community and attend a book fair! You will be happy you did.

About Book Publicist Scott Lorenz

Book publicist Scott Lorenz is President of Westwind Communications, a public relations and marketing firm that has a special knack for working with authors to help them get all the publicity they deserve and more. Lorenz works with bestselling authors and self-published authors promoting all types of books, whether it’s their first book or their 15th book. He’s handled publicity for books by CEOs, CIA Officers, Navy SEALS, Homemakers, Fitness Gurus, Doctors, Lawyers and Adventurers. His clients have been featured by Good Morning America, FOX & Friends, CNN, ABC News, New York Times, Nightline, TIME, PBS, LA Times, USA Today, Washington Post, Woman’s World, & Howard Stern to name a few.

Learn more about Westwind Communications’ book marketing approach at https://www.WestwindBookMarketing.com or contact Lorenz at [email protected] or 734-667-2090 or fill out the form below. Follow Lorenz on Twitter @aBookPublicist. Want help titling a book? Check out Scott Lorenz’s new award winning, bestselling book: Book Title Generator- A Proven System in Naming Your Book www.BookTitleGenerator.net.

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