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Save dates for Festival of Jewish Books & Conversations

Tampa’s 13th Festival of Jewish Books & Conversations, hosted by the Tampa JCCs, will begin Thursday, Nov. 1 and will run through Sunday, Nov. 18, during the National Jewish Book Month.

More than a dozen authors will be featured, many acclaimed award winners.

Featured topics include never-before-told stories of a mysterious Coney Island doctor who saved thousands of babies, another doctor who was one of our youngest and most visionary Founding Fathers, an Italian cycling legend and of a mom who helped save the Louvre and its treasures from the Nazis. Festival novels offer tales of a mystic’s death predictions and a humorous look at a family wedding.

Events will take place at the JCC on the Cohn Campus, 13009 Community Campus Drive, Tampa, the Bryan Glazer Family JCC, 522 N. Howard, Tampa and other locations around the community.

The featured books are chosen each year by the Jewish Book Festival Committee, led by Debbie Doliner and Barbara Manners.

Tampa JCCs Arts and Culture Director Brandy Gold emphasizes that participants in festival events do not need to be book lovers or avid readers.

“Most attendees have not read the book prior to attending. Our festival is all about offering conversations about compelling topics of interest,” said Gold. “Come out, enjoy and support our Jewish community, while learning, listening, engaging in stimulating conversations while having lots of fun.”

All programs are open to the entire community. Reservations are encouraged (required for a restaurant luncheon event) and can be made with your ticket purchases at, beginning Oct. 1 or at the door. Tickets range in price from $5 to $25. All events, excluding the Skype program, will conclude with a book signing by the featured author.

The Tampa JCC on the Cohn Campus will feature a festival bookstore throughout the two weeks where guests could purchase the featured books.

Additional festival authors will be presented January through May, 2019, through the popular Sip & Skype programs plus a bookstore author appearance is scheduled in April.

The Gemunder Family Foundation is the Jewish Books & Conversations presenting sponsor.

For more information about the authors, books, festival events, or sponsorships, contact Brandy Gold at or (813) 769-4725.

More details and the schedule for the festival will be included in the next issue of the Jewish Press.

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