Jewish Community Centers across South Florida have joined forces to present the 2020 Florida JCCs Jewish Book Fest. This virtual festival will take place October 8-25 and feature myriad streaming events that spotlight Jewish authors, books, and topics.
The festival kicks off October 8 with author Thane Rosenbaum, a Miami Beach native whose parents were Holocaust survivors. Rosenbaum’s latest book Saving Free Speech…from Itself dives into the history of free speech, its current mutations in modern politics, and the necessity of some restrictions in order to maintain civilized society. He will be interviewed by former Florida Governor Jeb Bush beginning at 7:30 p.m.
Other interview highlights include a discussion with Jill Wine-Banks, who shares her experience as the only woman prosecutor during the Watergate scandal in her memoir The Watergate Girl: My Fight for Truth and Justice Against a Criminal President, October 11. The festival will close October 25 with New York Times bestselling author Brad Meltzer, who teamed up with illustrator Christopher Eliopolos on the popular I Am biography series on such famous figures as Rosa Parks, Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King Jr., and Lucille Ball.
Over the three weeks, the festival will also feature a Florida Author Spotlight (October 12), a Fiction Forum (October 20), and numerous conversations with notable authors and stars such as comedian Michael Ian Black (October 18) and actor Cameron Douglas (October 12), who will participate in a panel on addiction. Tickets to individual events are $10, and series tickets are available for $75. Click here to learn more.