Nashville Jewish Book Series

October 2019 to April 2020

 The Nashville Jewish Book Series is an annual celebration of books, authors and ideas. It features work on Jewish themes and topics, work by Jewish authors or work from a Jewish perspective. Unlike traditional book festivals, our series runs over a longer time-frame, so you have a chance to do and see more! Please contact Alex Heller for more information. 

The Series opens November 12th and runs through April 23rd and explores memory, identity and music. It includes 10 events and 13 authors in 3 tracks – Fall Author Talks, Behind the Book, and Jewish Books around Town. Highlights include a musical evening with Jamie Bernstein, the daughter of Leonard Bernstein, and local classical ensembles Alias, Chatterbird & Intersection on Nov 21st & unlikely Israeli-Palestinian peace builder Yousef Bashir in conversation with David Plazas from the Tennessean on Dec 3rd.

 An all-season Literary Supporter Pass is available for $125 and includes Bernstein & Bashir receptions and reserved seating section, and signed copies of books for Jamie Bernstein, Yousef Bashir, Marra B. Gad, and Lori Gottlieb.

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From the Met to the Vatican: Unlocking a Jewish Family’s Concealed Past | November 12, 7:30pm at the Gordon JCC
Dan Oren, Author of The Wedding Photo

Looking Back on Leonard Bernstein, 101 Years | November 21, 7pm at the Gordon JCC
Jamie Bernstein, Author of Famous Father Girl: A Memoir of Growing Up Bernstein with musical ensembles, Alias, Chatterbird & INTERSECTION

Until this is Over | December 3, 7pm at the Gordon JCC
Yousef Bashir, Author of Words of My Father, in conversation with journalist David Plazas Introduced by Michal Eskeanaezi Becker | Musical Program by The Pursuit of Harmony


What Makes a Good Book? Behind the Book Awards | February 6, 7pm at the Gordon JCC | Tickets
Featuring Rachel Kamin, Association of Jewish Libraries Awards Committee & Author Talia Carner

Suspenseful Tales! Nashville’s Best Selling Authors | February 16, 1pm at the Gordon JCC | Tickets
Featuring local best selling Authors Andrew Maraniss, JT Ellison, Jeremy Finley, & Rea Frey and moderated by Rudy Kalis


Inheritance | January 16, 2020, 7pm at The Bookshop | Tickets
Marra B. Gad, Author of The Color of Love: A Story of a Mixed-Race Jewish Girl with Kendra Decolo and Ciona Rouse, at The Bookshop, East Nashville

Maybe you Should Talk to Someone | March 24, 2020, 6:30pm at Parnassus Books | Sponsored by Nashville Psych | Tickets
Lori Gottlieb, Author of Maybe You Should Talk to Someone , in conversation with author Ann Patchett, Introduced by Dr. Ira Helderman

The Difference Between Life and Death : Americans and the Holocaust | April 23, 2020, 7pm at the Nashville Public Library, Main Branch | Tickets
Michael Dobbs, Author of The Unwanted, and Rebecca Erbelding, Author of Rescue Board

The Gordon JCC brings in authors through our membership with the Jewish Book Council. 


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