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Jewish Book Fairs and Festivals Authors Can Attend in 2015

By Scott Lorenz
Westwind Communications

Jewish Book Festivals

Authors, reach out to the Jewish community and attend a Jewish book fair or festival this year.

If you are a Jewish author or specialize in writing about Jewish issues, you should consider visiting book fairs in the Jewish community. Book fairs are excellent places for authors to interact with the public as well as network with book industry leaders, publicists and book editors. Book festivals and fairs are held year round all over the United States.

As a book marketing specialist, I’ve see too often authors focusing on websites, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest to the exclusion of good old fashioned face to face sales. While social media can be very effective when used properly, authors should never overlook opportunities to meet the reading public face-to-face.

Here’s a list of 17 Jewish Book Fairs and Festivals for 2015. Keep in mind that links change all the time and festivals come and go. Some links are for the previous year because that’s all that was available at the time of this writing.

  1. JCC San Antonio will host Mark Lee Greenblatt, Author of Valor: Unsung Heroes from Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Home Front on May 20, 2015 at Barshop JCC. To receive more information about their Author Series or any other Arts & Culture event, sign up for their Email Mailing List. If you have any questions, please contact Aliyah Kuchinsky at 210-302-6827 or visit http://www.jccsanantonio.org/index.php?src=gendocs&ref=Author%20and%20Speaker%20Series&category=Arts%20and%20Culture
  1. Shalom Austin’s Austin Jewish Book Fair will be finalizing their schedule in late July/ early August. Check out http://shalomaustin.org/bookfair for further information or contact Crystal Connelley at 512-735-8098.
  1. JCC of North Shore is finalizing their schedule for the Jewish Book Month fair, and will have more information in early July. For more information please contact 781-631-8330 or visit http://www.jccns.org
  1. JCC Charleston will have their finalized list for the Charleston Jewish Bookfest in late July. For more information please visit http://charlestonjcc.org/cultural-arts/charleston-jewish-bookfest/ or call 843-571-6565.
  1. JCC Dallas is finalizing their schedule of events for the 2015 Book Fair and will be ready in September. For more information, please contact Rachelle Weiss Crane at rweisscrane@jccdallas.org or 214-239-7128 or visit http://www.jccdallas.org/index.php?src=gendocs&ref=Book%20Fair&category=LifeLearning
  1. JCC Indianapolis will host The Ann Katz Festival of Books & Arts on October 28- November 15, 2015 For more information please contact Martha Karatz at 317-251-9467 ext. 2209 or by email mkaratz@jccindy.org or visit http://jccindy.org/community/festival-books-arts/
  1. Jewish Community Center of Greater Ann Arbor The 28th Annual Jewish Book Festival will take place in November 2015. For more information please contact Karen Freedland, Cultural Arts and Education Director, at karenfreedland@jccfed.org or 734-971-0990. You can also visit http://www.jccannarbor.org/#!book-festival/c1f1b
  1. Weinstein JCC will host the Fife-Davis Family Annual Jewish Book Fair & Gift Shop in November 2015. For more information please visit http://www.weinsteinjcc.org/cultural-arts/book-fair/ or contact Erin Mahone at 804-545-8644.
  1. Columbus JCC is finalizing the fantastic 2015 line up for JCC Bookfair 2015! For more information about sponsorship contact Bookfair Director Debbie Vinocur at dvinocur@columbusjcc.org or 614-559-6214. Check http://columbusjcc.org/programs/cultural-arts/jewish-bookfair/ for updates as they become available.
  1. Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center in Houston, TX will be holding their 40th Annual Jewish Book & Arts Fair and will begin in November 2015. For a calendar of events and complete brochure, visit http://www.erjcchouston.org/index.php?src=gendocs&ref=BookAndArtsFair&category=Arts or contact The Evelyn Rubenstein JCC at 713-729-3200.
  1. JCC Memphis is finalizing their schedule for the 2015 Jewish Literary and Cultural Arts Festival, and will be ready in the upcoming months. For more information visit http://www.jccmemphis.org/index.php?submenu=Culture&src=gendocs&ref=jewishliterary&category=Culture
  1. Louis JCC’s 37th Annual St. Louis Jewish Book Festival will be in November, 2015. For more information, please call the St. Louis Jewish Book Festival Hotline: 314-442-3299 or visit http://www.jccstl.com/programs/arts-culture/st-louis-jewish-book-festival/
  1. JCC of Metro Detroit’s 64th Annual Jewish Book Fair will be held November 4 – 16, 2015. At this event, fabulous authors from all over the world will present their books. For further information visit http://www.jccdet.org/bookfair-home/
  1. Marcus JCC Atlanta’s Book Festival will be November 5-22, 2015. For 23 successful years, the Book Festival of the MJCCA has offered a fifteen-day literary extravaganza featuring an exciting lineup of the year’s most exceptional authors, speakers, and celebrities. Join thousands of your fellow book lovers to listen, meet, and interact with your favorite authors in a variety of forums, including author meet-and-greets, book signings, a community read, and panel discussions. Check out http://www.atlantajcc.org/interior-pages/arts-and-culture-book-festival/ for more details.
  1. JCC of Greater Washington will host the 43rd Annual Book Festival from November 5-15, 2015. The festival will present an exciting line-up of best-selling authors as well as up and coming writers new to the literary scene. The nine-day Festival will be packed with engaging author events, children’s programs, book signings, and a bookstore brimming with Jewish must-reads. For details, to request a Book Festival brochure contact Lynn Gittleson at 301-348-3840 or lgittleson@jccgw.org or visit http://www.jccgw.org/arts-culture-jewish-life/literary/
  1. Mandel JCC in Beachwood, Ohio will be celebrating the 16th Annual Festival of Jewish Books & Authors from November 5-19, 2015. Stay tuned for details and a full listing of authors, which will be announced in the upcoming months. For information please contact Julie Frayman at jfrayman@mandeljcc.org or 216-831-0700 ext. 1316. Please check back at http://www.mandeljcc.org/book-festival/festival-of-jewish-books-authors/ for announcements.
  1. JCC Jewish Book Festival The Cherie Smith JCC Jewish Book Festival is one of Vancouver’s leading cultural and literary events, attracting a large and varied audience of over 5,000 people of all ages. The festival will be held November 21-26, 2015. For more information please contact Nicole Nozick at 604-638-7278 email her at nicole@jccgv.bc.ca or visit https://www.jccgv.com/content/jewish-book-fest

Book fairs typically seek out guest speakers or panelists. By volunteering to speak at a Jewish book fair, you will pique the interest of new readers and potentially gain a few new fans. Additionally, you can add the speaking appearance to your resume and press material. Be sure to plan ahead because book fairs, speaking engagements and readings are all planned months in advance. For more book fairs and festivals visit http://www.book-marketing-expert.com
 
The Bottom Line: Reach out to the Jewish community and attend a Jewish book fair or festival.
 
About 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, Navy SEALS, Homemakers, Fitness Gurus, Doctors, Lawyers and Adventurers. His clients have been featured by Good Morning America, FOX & Friends, CNN, ABC Nightly News, The New York Times, Nightline, TIME, PBS, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, Washington Post, Family Circle, Woman’s World, & Howard Stern to name a few.

Learn more about Westwind Communications’ book marketing approach at http://www.book-marketing-expert.com  or contact Lorenz at scottlorenz@westwindcos.com or by phone at 734-667-2090. Follow Lorenz on Twitter @aBookPublicist
 

List of Jewish Book Fairs and Festivals for Jewish Authors or Topics of Jewish Interest

Jewish Book FestivalBook 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.

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

1. Jewish Community Center of Greater Ann Arbor. November 4 – 18, 2012. Contact Karen Freedland, Cultural Arts and Education Director, at 734-971-0990. You can also visit jccannarbor.org.

2. Jewish Book Council’s Jewish Book Month will be held November 7 – December 7, 2012. Jewish Book Month is an annual event on the American Jewish calendar dedicated to the celebration of Jewish books. It is observed during the month proceeding Hanukkah, thus the exact date changes from year to year.  Click here to learn more.

3. Valley of the Sun JCC in Scottsdale, AZ will be hosting the Arizona Authors Speaker Series monthly from October to April. The event will take place on the 3rd Monday of each month from 1:30pm. Arizona contributes much to the literary world with authors and as a story setting. The Valley of the Sun JCC will be treated to appearances by authors who are either from, reside, or use Arizona as a locale for their books. The authors will speak about their life and writings. You need to be a Brandies member to join this group. Guests and JCC Members are welcome for a $5 fee. RSVP’s are required to Merrill Kalman: mskbflo@aol.com or 480.296.3355

4. Valley of the Sun JCC in Scottsdale, AZ will also be hosting “Exceptional” Characters in Books & Film, which is co-sponsored by CJSN. The event will take place the 2nd Wednesday of each month from 1:00-2:30pm and will be featuring books with protagonists with disabling conditions; our discussions will focus on the way the disability impacts the characters and the plot. Click here to learn more.

5. JCC of Metro Detroit’s 61st Annual Jewish Book Fair will be held November 7 – 18, 2012. At this event, fabulous authors from all over the world will present their books. For further information, contact Dalia Keen at 248.432.5467 or email info@jccdet.org or visit jccdet.org.

6. Shalom Austin’s Austin Jewish Book Fair will be October 28 – November 4, 2012. The schedule features lectures and discussions with acclaimed writers, the annual Book Lover’s Luncheon, and an onsite bookstore in partnership with Barnes & Noble. The total cost for the Book Fair Package is: $25 JCC Member /$30 Non-member. Each individual event is: $10 JCC Member /$15 Non-member. Click here for further information.

7. St. Louis JCC’s 34th Annual St. Louis Jewish Book Festival presented by Maryville University – St. Louis will be November 4-15, 2012. All author events take place at the Staenberg Family Complex unless otherwise noted. For more information, please call the St. Louis Jewish Book Festival Hotline: 314.442.3299 or visit their website.

8. Marcus JCC Atlanta’s 21st Edition of the Book Festival of the MJCCA will be November 1-18, 2012. For 20 successful years, the Book Festival of the MJCCA has provided our community with a literary extravaganza featuring an exciting lineup of the year’s most exceptional authors, speakers, and celebrities. Please join thousands of your fellow book lovers to listen, meet, and interact with your favorite authors in a variety of forums, including author meet-and-greets, book signings, a community read, and panel discussions. Click here for more details.

9. Mandell JCC of Greater Hartford will host the 20th Annual Mandell JCC Jewish Book Festival – Celebrating Israel, Debuts, Dads & Dudes with events taking place November 18, 2012, January 23, 2013, March 16, 2013, and May 9, 2013. Click here  for complete details.

10. Columbus JCC is finalizing the fantastic 2012 line up for JCC Bookfair 2012! For more information about sponsorship contact Bookfair Director Debbie Vinocur at dvinocur@columbusjcc.org or 614.559.6214. Click here for updates as they become available.

11. Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center in Houston, TX will be holding their 40th Annual Jewish Book & Arts Fair from Oct 28 – Nov

12, 2012. For a calendar of events and complete brochure, click here.

13. JCC of Greater Washington will host the 43rd Annual Book Festival from November 1-11, 2012. The festival will present an exciting line-up of best-selling authors as well as up and coming writers new to the literary scene. The nine-day Festival will be packed with engaging author events, children’s programs, book signings, and a bookstore brimming with Jewish must-reads. For details, to request a Book Festival brochure, or to join the Book Festival Committee, contact the Book Festival Director Lynn Gittleson at 301.348.3840 or lgittleson@jccgw.org or click here.

14. San Diego Center for Jewish Culture will host the San Diego Jewish Book Fair 2012 from November 3 – November 11, 2012. The San Diego Jewish Book Fair is the largest and most respected Jewish Book Fair in the nation and the largest literature-related event in San Diego County. For tickets and further information, click here.

15. Mandel JCC in Beachwood, Ohio will be celebrating the 13th Annual Festival of Jewish Books & Authors from November 4-18, 2012. Stay tuned for details and a full listing of authors, which will be announced this month! For information please contact Julie Frayman at jfrayman@mandeljcc.org or 216.831.0700 ext. 1316. Please check here for announcements.

16. The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee in Florida will host the Jewish Book Festival Wednesday, November 14, 2012 with a lecture and Q&A with author Lloyd Constantine. For questions, contact Len Steinberg at 941.371.4546 ext. 106 or click here.
16. JCC Dallas will host the J Book Fair October 11, 2012 – March 3, 2013. For more information, please contact Rachelle Weiss Crane at rweisscrane@jccdallas.org or 214.239.7128 or click here.

Book fairs typically seek out guest speakers. By volunteering to speak at a Jewish book fair, you will pique the interest of new readers 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 book-marketing-expert.com

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

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Jewish Book Festivals for Jewish Authors and Topics of Jewish Interest

By Scott Lorenz
Westwind Communications

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

Jewish Book Festivals

Authors, reach out to the Jewish community and attend a Jewish book fair or festival this year.

As a book marketing specialist, I am the first to impress on authors the powerful marketing avenues open to all authors on the Internet – from websites and book trailers to social media like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. While these are excellent tools when used properly, authors should take every opportunity to meet the reading public face-to-face. Book festivals are a terrific way to do just that.

Columbus JCC’s Jewish Bookfair and Author Series will host events on March 5, 6, and 28, 2019. These events will discuss Jewish-related books such as “Sadness is a White Bird,” “The Ruined House,” and “Why Judaism Matters.”

London International Literacy Festival’s Jewish Book Week will occur March 2-10, 2019 in London. It will feature Jewish writers and themes and a number of interesting discussions.

Alper JCC’s Berrin Family Jewish Book Festival will host events until March 13, 2019 in Miami, FL. There will be various author presentations as well as an event for women that focuses on the book “Husbands and Other Sharp Objects” by Marcy Hammer.

Weinstein JCC’s Fife-Davis Family Jewish Book Fair and Gift Shop will take place March 14, 2019 in Richmond, VA. Its purpose is to spark discussion and thought related to Jewish history, issues, literature, and poetry.

Dallas Aaron Family JCC’s BookFest will be host to a number of events until April 3, 2019 in Dallas, TX. Its mission is to celebrate Jewish authors and help attendees discover what inspires them.

Gordon JCC’s Nashville Jewish Book Series will take place until April 4, 2019 in Nashville, TN. It features books that revolve around Jewish themes and topics as well as books that are written from a Jewish perspective.

Greater Naples Jewish Book Festival by the Jewish Federation of Greater Naples will host various events until April 8, 2019 in Naples, FL. There will be presentations from a number of Jewish authors as well as educational and social programs.

The JCCs of West Bloomfield and Oak Park’s Detroit Jewish Book Fair will take place in October 2019 in West Bloomfield, MI. It’s an eight day event that features Jewish related books on serious topics as well as those that revolve around a few humorous ones. Authors will end their presentations with Q&A sessions.

St. Louis Jewish Book Festival will be held November 3-17, 2019 in St. Louis. It will feature premier speakers as well as books related to cooking, business, economics, family, fiction, history, music, sports, religion, and more.

Kaiserman JCC’s Jewish Book Festival will occur November 11-December 5, 2019 in Wynnewood,, PA. There will be a book fair and a variety of events for adults and children.

Book fairs typically seek out guest speakers. By volunteering to speak at a Jewish book fair, you will pique the interest of new readers 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://book-publicist.com/

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

About 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, Navy SEALS, Homemakers, Fitness Gurus, Doctors, Lawyers and Adventurers. His clients have been featured by Good Morning America, FOX & Friends, CNN, ABC Nightly News, The New York Times, Nightline, TIME, PBS, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, Washington Post, Family Circle, Woman’s World, & Howard Stern to name a few.

Learn more about Westwind Communications’ book marketing approach at http://www.book-marketing-expert.com or contact Lorenz at scottlorenz@westwindcos.com or by phone at 734-667-2090. Follow Lorenz on Twitter @aBookPublicist