The JCC Bookfair is a one-of-a-kind literary event in Columbus. For the past 51 years, Bookfair has helped Columbus residents celebrate Jewish Book Month through exposure to Jewish authors, Jewish content, Jewish music, and a variety of Jewish learning. Our community has been host to many now-famous authors, including Myla Goldberg, Wendy Mogel, Alan Zwibel, Faye Kellerman, Tova Mirvis, and Steven Dubner.
Bookfair is a time to spotlight new talent, and recognize the literary stars in our own community. Author events are scheduled during both daytime and evening hours, with tickets open to all community residents. The JCC Lobby Bookstore provides community residents with exposure to Jewish literature in a variety of topical areas. Fiction, Bible Learning, Sports, Interfaith Issues, Theology, Parenting, Spirituality, Middle East, Humor, Israel, Cooking, Women’s Issues, African American / Jewish Relations, The Arts, Business, Jewish Learning, Prayer, Children’s Books, and Young Adult Reading areas are all populated with books by Jewish authors or books with Jewish content. Many titles would be difficult to locate at a mainstream bookseller, making the JCC Bookfair a unique resource in Columbus.
Bookfair authors and titles are largely secured through the JCC’s membership in the Jewish Book Council. Most authors agree to forgo an honorarium, however the Bookfair pays for transportation and lodging. Jewish authors or authors with newly published Jewish content books tour the country at various Jewish Bookfairs. Columbus selects authors and subjects which are particularly appealing to our community’s needs, as well as authors and subjects which will expand community interest and awareness. Bookfair is an ideal time for Columbus residents who are unaffiliated or not Jewish to become familiar with the JCC and our cultural presence within our community. Attendance at Bookfair events often is a precursor for additional participation in community programming, as well as a time to forge new partnerships and collaborations with community organizations.
Unable to attend our Bookfair? You can still support us by using the following link to purchase your favorite books at Amazon.
Cheryl Dritz, Bookfair Coordinator
Melanie Butter, JCC Program Director