Feb-March Jewish Books and Film in DC!

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So I’m counting down the days to the 26th annual Washington Jewish Film Festival. 😀 I really should buy some tickets already before everything sells out. 😛 (Alas, Natalie Portman directorial/screenwriting debut.) There’s all sorts of amazing components beyond the films themselves, from a documentary/panel discussion on Arab Israelis to the WJFF Visionary Award Presentation to speeches at the Library of Congress.

It’s true that several local Jewish cultural events don’t even take part within Jewish organizations. I thought I’d take this moment to highlight some Jewish-themed book talks that are associated with the broader Washington community. Please feel free to add any others in comments!

Monday, February 22, 6:30 pm
Kramerbooks
Michelle Adelman, Piece of Mind. A debut novel about a Jewish young adult dealing with a traumatic brain injury. The Jewish Book Council paid special attention to the beautiful cover, understandably!

Monday, March 14, 7 pm
Politics & Prose
Boris Fishman, Don’t Let My Baby Do Rodeo. I heard him read an excerpt at the Washington Jewish Literary Festival last October.; good hook!

Monday, March 14, 7:30 pm
Folger Theatre
Howard Jacobson, Shylock is my Name. The Man Booker-winning British Jewish author wrote a contemporary re-telling of The Merchant of Venice. It’s part of the the Hogarth Shakespeare project, in honor of the Bard’s 400th birthday.

Stay tuned to this blog, because I’ll definitely be writing some film reviews, and maybe something from the world of books as well!