Bookfair Event Schedule

2014 Book Fair Events


Sunday, September 21st  -  7 pm

Carmel Chiswick  -  Judaism in Transition: How Economic Choices Shape Religious Tradition

In partnership with the Melton Center for Jewish Studies at The Ohio State University

At once a portrait of American Jewish culture and an outline of how economic decisions affect religion, Judaism in Transition explores how changes in our economic environment will affect the Jewish community for decades to come.

Carmel U. Chiswick  is currently a Research Professor of Economics at George Washington University and a Research Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in Bonn, Germany.


Sunday, October 19th – 11 am – 5:00 pm

Bookapalooza Family Day – Something for Everyone!  - Free & Open to the Public

Uncovering Our Sacred Past – 11 am

Sacred Trash: The Lost and Found World of the Cairo Geniza 

Kick off community read with bagels & coffee!  

Sponsored by Jewish Federation of Columbus Adult Jewish Learning Committee









Kid Friendly Activities – 3 pm

Children’s Writing Contest – Open to all children K through Grade 12. Click here to download application and suggested story guidelines. Entries must be submitted by October 8th at 5 pm.

Barbara D. Krasner  –  Goldie Takes a Stand – 4 pm

Sponsored by Columbus Torah Academy

A glimpse at the early life of Israel’s first female Prime Minister shows how even at the age of nine, little Golda Meir was known for being a leader.   Author Barbara Krasner will present a series of scenarios for children asking “what would you do?”  Would you take a stand?

Barbara Krasner runs workshops and conferences for Jewish writers at the Highlights Foundation and in conjunction with the Association of Jewish Libraries.  For more info visit




PJ Library Songs and Stories with Abbie Strauss – 4 pm

PJ Library

Tuesday, October 21st – 7 pm

David Laskin – The Family

Bestselling author David Laskin brings to life the upheavals of the twentieth century through the story of one family, three continents, two world wars, and the rise and fall of nations. One branch immigrated to America and founded the fabulously successful Maidenform Bra Company; another went to Palestine as pioneers and participated in the contentious birth of the state of Israel; the third branch remained in Europe and suffered the onslaught of the Nazi occupation

David Laskin writes books on a variety of subjects; his recent books have focused on ordinary people swept up in the cataclysms of history. His free lance writing includes travel articles and book reviews in the New York Times travel section, the Washington Post, and Seattle Metropolitan.  For more information visit


Wednesday, October 22nd  -  5:30 Dinner; 7 pm Speaker

Lisa Barr  -  Fugitive Colors

Sponsored by Raymond G & Pauline Kahn Cultural Arts Endowment Fund and the Columbus Chapter of Hadassah

Fugitive Colors is the suspenseful tale of an artist’s revenge after World War II.  The reader follows Julian’s turbulent journey as he tries to rescue some of the most important pieces of Modern Art, including his own.

Lisa Barr has been a journalist for more than twenty years. She has served as managing editor for the Jerusalem Post, covering Middle East politics, lifestyle, and terrorism in Jerusalem. She later became managing editor of Moment magazine in Washington, DC, and a staff reporter for the Chicago Sun-Times. For more information visit


Thursday, October 23rd – 7 pm

Cantor Mitch Kowitz  -  The Singing Chef

Sponsored by Hillel at The Ohio State University.

The perfect kitchen companion for anyone looking to put a new slant on Kosher cooking.  With song and music pairings for each recipe, this is not your average cookbook.  It’s the perfect kitchen companion for anyone looking to put a little fun in their cooking.

A self-taught chef Cantor Mitch worked in more than a dozen restaurants before he became a cantor and served his synagogue as cantor for more than 25 years.  For more information visit


Tuesday, October 28th  -  7 pm

Debra Fine – Beyond Texting

Sponsored by Jewish Family Services

These days teenagers are experts at texting, emailing and Facebooking—but how do they do with face-to-face interactions?  Beyond Texting is designed to help teens boost their confidence by offering the tools needed for successful social interactions.

Debra Fine is an internationally renowned conversation expert, keynote speaker and author. She has appeared on The Today Show and CNN.  For more information visit


Wednesday, October 29th  -  7 pm

Catherine Zacks Gildenhorn  -  Redefining Moments: End of Life Stories for Better Living

Sponsored by RG Barry, Congregation Tifereth Israel, Wexner Heritage Village

Redefining Moments is a book offering the perspective of a man at the tail end of a richly rewarding existence. When Gordon B. Zacks was diagnosed with Stage 4 terminal cancer, he channeled the positive energy he had accumulated through decades of spiritual and emotional fulfillment to write this book. For more information visit


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