Jewish Book Festival

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 Authors from around the nation visit the New Orleans JCC to read from their work and talk about their ideas. The annual JCC Book Festival is the centerpiece of this effort featuring Jewish authors and authors of books with Jewish content. As a member of the Jewish Book Council, a group that supports over 150 book festivals throughout the United States, the JCC is given access to over 140 authors of books for all ages.

Recent guests at the JCC have included such noted authors as Dennis Ross, Madeline Albright, Steve Roberts, Judith Viorst, and Walter Isaacson. Book week also brings a special “book lovers” luncheon with an author-in-residence, events for children and families, and a bookstore. Jewish religious school children from across Metro New Orleans participate in our annual Bookmark Contest and winners receive “book bucks” to spend in the bookstore.

Click to REGISTER ONLINE for either event or to become a Friend of the Book Festival.


clientuploads/Webpage Images/RATNER_IntheLandoftheLiving_HC.JPGMonday, November 18  | 12:00 PM
Austin Ratner presents In the Land of the Living
$30 presentation and catered luncheon 
$10 presentation only

Austin Ratner, author of The Jump Artist, 2011 winner of the Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature, presents his newest novel, In the Land of the Living. Part family saga, part coming-of-age story, In the Land of the Living is a novel about a Jewish family from Cleveland, Ohio, and how a series of premature deaths affects their relationships across two generations. 

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Sheri Fink Presents Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital
$5 presentation

In Five Days at Memorial, physician and Pulitzer Prize winning reporter Sheri Fink reconstructs five days at Memorial Medical Center, in New Orleans, following Hurricane Katrina, and draws the reader into the lives of the doctors and nurses who struggled to preserve life amidst chaos. 

Click to preorder Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital from Octavia Books


November 18 - 24
Monday - Thursday | 9:00 - 11:00 AM and 4:00 - 6:00 PM
Friday | 9:00 - 11:00 AM
The JCC Bookstore also will be open during author events.

Special thanks to Octavia Books for generously providing the books for the JCC Jewish Book Festival Bookstore and donating 20% of all booksales made during the festival back to the JCC in support of cultural programming.