BOOK FEST IN YOUR LIVING ROOM

Presented in partnership with the JCC Literary Consortium

Don’t miss a minute of this virtual book festival, delivering renowned authors right into your living room!

No matter your interests—fiction to fantasy, humor to headlines, mystery to history—you’re sure to find presentations that surprise, engage, inform, and inspire.

We’ve listed the calendar of scheduled events below. More events coming soon!

Upcoming Events

Please note: Event times listed below are for the Pacific time zone; event times on ticketing page & confirmation are listed as the Eastern time zone. Please make your plans and mark your calendar accordingly. Also, please note, when you sign up for an event, an email containing the event link will be coming from both SHOWCLIX and the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta (our program partner). If you don’t receive an email with the link, you should also check your spam folder.

Other questions? They might be answered on the Frequently Asked Questions page. You can also email our Book Fest partner, bookfestival@atlantajcc.org.

Deepak Chopra book bannerDeepak Chopra, Total Meditation: Practices in Living the Awakened Life

With guest host Nadia Bilchik, CNN Editorial Producer
Zoom Webinar Author Talk + Q & A
Wednesday, September 30 • 5:00pm

Tickets: $31 for one virtual ticket and one signed copy of book (includes shipping) • Click Here to Purchase Tickets

“Meditation is not a way of making your mind quiet. It is a way of entering into the quiet that is already there.”

Join New York Times bestselling author Deepak Chopra as he guides you on how to wake up to new levels of awareness that will ultimately cultivate a clear vision, heal suffering in your mind and body, and help recover who you really are.

Dr. Chopra will be leading a short meditation.

Eric Furda and Jacques Steinberg book bannerEric Furda and Jacques Steinberg, The College Conversation: A Practical Companion for Parents to Guide Their Children Along the Path to Higher Education

Zoom Webinar Author Talk + Q & A
Monday, October 5 • 5:00pm

Tickets: $6 for one virtual ticket/$36 for one virtual ticket and one copy of book (includes shipping) • Click Here to Purchase Tickets

From an Ivy League dean and a college admissions expert, a guide to help parents support their children as they navigate their way to college.

The College Conversation is a comprehensive resource for mapping the path through the college application process that provides practical advice and reassurance to keep both anxious parents and confused children sane and grounded.

Casey Cep book bannerCasey Cep, Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee

Zoom Webinar Author Talk + Q & A
Tuesday, October 6 • 5:00pm

Tickets: $11 for one virtual ticket/$24 for one virtual ticket and one paperback copy of book (includes shipping) • Click Here to Purchase Tickets

One of President Barack Obama’s favorite books of 2019, a New York Times bestseller and named one of the best books of 2019 by Time, Glamour, O Magazine, Town and Country, and more, Casey Cep brings to life a courtroom drama, a true-crime thriller and a miniature biography of Harper Lee.

Yotam Ottolenghi's cookbook coverYotam Ottolenghi, Ottolenghi Flavor: A Cookbook

with Co-Author Ixta Belfrage
In conversation with Lee Schrager, Founder, South Beach Wine & Food Festival
ZOOM Webinar Author Talk + Q & A
Friday, October 16 • 9:30am

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The New York Times bestselling author of Plenty and Jerusalem teams up with Ottolenghi Test Kitchen’s Ixta Belfrage to reveal how flavor is created and amplified through 100+ innovative, super-delicious, plant-based recipes.

Yotam Ottolenghi is a seven-time New York Times best-selling cookbook author who contributes to the New York Times Food section and has a weekly column in The Guardian. His previous book, Ottolenghi Simple, was selected as a best book of the year by NPR and the New York Times; Jerusalem, written with Sami Tamimi, was awarded Cookbook of the Year by the International Association of Culinary Professionals and named Best International Cookbook by the James Beard Foundation. He lives in London, where he co-owns an eponymous group of restaurants and the fine-dining destinations Nopi and Rovi.

Jonathan Safran Foer author photo and book coverJonathan Safran Foer, We are the Weather: Saving the Planet Begins at Breakfast

Monday, October 19 • 5:00pm

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The New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Safran Foer re-evaluated his meat-based diet–and his conscience–in his powerful memoir and investigative report, Eating Animals. Now, he offers a mind-bending and potentially world-changing call to action on climate change. We Are the Weather is accessible, immediate, and with a single clear solution that individual readers can put into practice straight away.

A significant proportion of global carbon emissions come from farming meat. Giving up meat is incredibly hard and nobody is perfect –but just cutting back is much easier and still has a huge positive effect on the environment. Just changing our dinners–cutting out meat for one meal per day–is enough to change the world.

With his distinctive wit, insight, and humanity, Foer frames this essential debate as no one else could, bringing it to vivid and urgent life.

Harlan Coben book banner
Harlan Coben, The Boy from the Woods

In Conversation with Emily Giffin, New York Times Bestselling Author
Zoom Webinar Author Talk + Q & A
Sunday, October 25 • 5:00pm

Tickets: $23 for one virtual ticket and one paperback copy of book (shipping included) • Click Here to Purchase Tickets

A man with a mysterious past is asked to find a missing teenage girl in this shocking thriller from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Run Away. Thirty years ago, Wilde was found as a boy living feral in the woods, with no memory of his past. Now an adult, he still doesn’t know where he comes from, and another child has gone missing.

Sharansky book bannerA Power Through Protest Program
Natan Sharansky and Gil Troy, Never Alone

Zoom Webinar Author Talk + Q & A
Sunday, November 8 • 10:00am

Tickets: $6 for one virtual ticket/$36 for one virtual ticket and copy of book (includes shipping) • Click Here to Purchase Tickets

Never Alone is a classic account of courage, integrity and belonging. In 1977, Natan Sharansky, a leading activist for the democratic dissident movement in the Soviet Union and the movement for free Jewish emigration, was arrested. He spent nine years as a political prisoner, convicted of treason against the state. In Never Alone, Natan Sharansky and historian Gil Troy show how Sharansky’s years in prison, many spent in harsh solitary confinement, prepared him for his public life, bringing extraordinary moral clarity and uncompromising honesty to his work as an Israeli politician and the head of the Jewish Agency.

Lunden book bannerJoan Lunden, Why Did I Come Into This Room? A Candid Conversation About Aging

In Conversation with Holly Firfer, CNN Journalist
Zoom Webinar Author Talk + Q & A
Sunday, November 8 • 5:00pm

Tickets: $11 for one event ticket/$36 for one event ticket and copy of book (includes shipping)  • Click Here to Purchase Tickets

A funny “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” for the aging woman, acclaimed journalist and Baby Boomer Joan Lunden delves into various phases of aging in her most candid and revealing book yet. Lunden takes the dull and depressing out of aging, replacing it with wit and humor. Whether you’re in your 40s, 50s, 60s, or more, this book is full of helpful information. Lunden goes where others fear to tread, openly sharing her anxieties and breakthroughs and how she’s coping with the realities of aging—wrinkles and age spots, expanding waistlines, diminished energy (my get-up-and-go got up and went), weak pelvic floors (yes, we’re talking about leaking), hot flashes, disrupted sleep, changes in sex drive (oh yeah, she goes there), ageism (it exists and it pisses us off), and yes, the real reasons we find ourselves always searching for those car keys! Why Did I Come into This Room? explores the science of aging and how it impacts the body and brain.

Berra book bannerDale Berra, My Dad, Yogi

Zoom Webinar Author Talk + Q & A
Tuesday, November 10 • 5:00pm

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Everyone knows Yogi Berra. The American icon was the backbone of the New York Yankees through ten World Series Championships, managed the National League Champion New York Mets in 1973, and had an ingenious way with words that remains an indelible part of our lexicon. But no one knew him like his family did. My Dad, Yogi is Dale Berra’s chronicle of the unshakable bond with his father and an intimate portrait providing a unique perspective on one of the great sports figures of the 20th Century.

John Grisham author photo and book coverJohn Grisham, A Time for Mercy

Wednesday, November 11 | 12:00 noon
ZOOM Webinar Author Talk + Q & A

Tickets: $11 for one virtual ticket or $37 for one virtual ticket and copy of book (shipping included) • Click Here to Purchase Tickets

Jake Brigance is back! The hero of A Time to Kill, one of the most popular novels of our time, returns in a courtroom drama that showcases #1 New York Times bestselling author John Grisham at the height of his storytelling powers.

Clanton, Mississippi. 1990. Jake Brigance finds himself embroiled in a deeply divisive trial when the court appoints him attorney for Drew Gamble, a timid sixteen-year-old boy accused of murdering a local deputy. Many in Clanton want a swift trial and the death penalty, but Brigance digs in and discovers that there is more to the story than meets the eye. Jake’s fierce commitment to saving Drew from the gas chamber puts his career, his financial security, and the safety of his family on the line.

In what may be the most personal and accomplished legal thriller of John Grisham’s storied career, we deepen our acquaintance with the iconic Southern town of Clanton and the vivid cast of characters that so many readers know and cherish. The result is a richly rewarding novel that is both timely and timeless, full of wit, drama, and—most of all—heart.

Bursting with all the courthouse scheming, small-town intrigue, and stunning plot twists that have become the hallmarks of the master of the legal thriller, A Time for Mercy is John Grisham’s most powerful courtroom drama yet.

McCloskey Lerman book banner
Jim McCloskey and Philip Lerman, When Truth is All You Have: A Memoir of Faith, Justice, and Freedom for the Wrongly Convicted

Zoom Webinar Author Talk + Q & A
Thursday, November 12 • 5:00pm

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By the founder of the first organization in the United States committed to freeing the wrongly imprisoned, this is a riveting story of devotion, sacrifice, and vindication. Jim McCloskey was at a midlife crossroads when he met the man who would change his life. A former management consultant, McCloskey enrolled at Princeton Theological Seminary at age 37. His first assignment, in 1980, was as a chaplain at Trenton State Prison. Among the inmates was Jorge de los Santos, a heroin addict who’d been convicted of murder years earlier and swore that he was innocent. Over time, McCloskey came to believe him. With no legal or investigative training to speak of, McCloskey threw himself into the case. Two years later, thanks to those efforts, Jorge de los Santos walked free, fully exonerated. McCloskey had found his calling. He established Centurion Ministries, the first group in America devoted to overturning wrongful convictions and a team of forensic experts, lawyers, and volunteers. Through tireless investigation and an unflagging dedication to justice—Centurion has freed 63 innocent prisoners who had been sentenced to life or death.

Raffi Berg book bannerRaffi Berg, Red Sea Spies: The True Story of Mossad’s Fake Diving Resort

Zoom Webinar Author Talk + Q & A
Sunday, November 15 • 12:00 noon

Tickets: $11 for one virtual ticket/$35 for one virtual ticket and copy of book (shipping included) • Click Here to Purchase Tickets
Inspired the Netflix drama, The Red Sea Diving Resort!

In the early 1980s, on a remote part of the Sudanese coast, a new luxury resort opened for business. Catering to divers, it attracted guests from around the world. Little did the guests know that the staff members were undercover spies, working for the Mossad, Israel’s secret service. Written by longtime BBC Middle East correspondent Raffi Berg, this page-turner tells the true story that inspired the recent Netflix drama The Red Sea Diving Resort. What began with one cryptic message pleading for help turned into the secret evacuation of thousands of Ethiopian Jews and the spiriting of them to Israel.

Mimi Lemay book bannerTransgender Day of Remembrance

Mimi Lemay, What We Will Become: A Mother, a Son, and a Journey of Transformation
Zoom Webinar Author Talk + Q & A
Friday, November 20 • 11:00am

Tickets: Free for one virtual ticket/$35 for one virtual ticket and copy of book (shipping included) • Click Here to Purchase Tickets

Mimi Lemay recounts her memoir of her transgender child’s odyssey, and her journey outside the boundaries of the faith and culture that shaped her.

From the age of two-and-a-half, Jacob, born “Em,” adamantly told his family he was a boy. While his mother Mimi struggled to understand and come to terms with the fact that her child may be transgender, she experienced a sense of déjà vu—the journey to uncover the source of her child’s inner turmoil unearthed ghosts from Mimi’s past and her own struggle to live an authentic life.

Melissa Clark book bannerFor Kids!
Melissa Clark, Kid in the Kitchen: 100 Recipes and Tips for Young Home Cooks

Zoom Webinar Author Talk + Q & A
Sunday, November 22 • 10:00am

Tickets: FREE for one virtual ticket/$30 for one virtual ticket and copy of book (shipping included) • Click Here to Purchase Tickets

Melissa Clark, the New York Times food columnist and beloved home cooking authority, spins 100 all-new recipes for a robust new audience of home chefs: kids ages 8-14!

Ina Garten book coverIna Garten, Modern Comfort Food

In Conversation with Michael Ian Black, Comedian, Actor, and Author
ZOOM Webinar Author Talk + Q & A
Wednesday, December 2 | 4:30pm

Tickets: $45 for one virtual ticket and copy of book (shipping included) • Click Here to Purchase Tickets

Join us for a very special evening with the Barefoot Contessa, Ina Garten, as she dishes up some delicious conversation with comedian and author Michael Ian Black. The two will discuss Ina’s latest, Modern Comfort Food: A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook, which features a collection of all-new soul-satisfying dishes from America’s favorite home cook!

In Modern Comfort Food, Ina Garten shares 85 new recipes that will feed your deepest cravings. Many of these dishes are inspired by childhood favorites—but with the volume turned way up, such as Cheddar and Chutney Grilled Cheese sandwiches (the perfect match for Ina’s Creamy Tomato Bisque), Smashed Hamburgers with Caramelized Onions, and the crispiest hash browns that are actually made in a waffle iron.

Michael J. Fox, No Time Like the Future: An Optimist Considers Mortality

Date and Ticketing Link to Come