Jewish Book Fair features fourteen authors

As part of its participation in Jewish Book Month (November), the Jewish Federation of Lee and Charlotte Counties in Southwest Florida is putting on the latest edition of its Annual Jewish Book Fair. The Fair’s chairperson, Mindi Simon, is pleased that “the Jewish Book Fair offers something for everyone. The topics of the authors’ books range from humor to politics and from history to fantasy.” 

The Fair’s initial event takes place on Sunday, November 20 from 10:00-11:00am at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Fort Myers. It features authors of books for children. Ms. Simon observes, “We are trying something new with our children’s event – separate presentations for three different age groups.” Anne Marie Asner (“Shmutzy Girl and Noshy Boy”) will do a presentation for children in grades 1-3, and author Dori Weinstein (“Sliding into the New Year”) will present her book to 4th through 7th grade students. Rabbi Alyssa Auster from Temple Judea will present a program for teens 8th grade and up based on Milton Steinberg’s book “As a Driven Leaf,” a work of modern fiction that brings the Talmud to life. The event is free of charge. 

“Every year we try something new at the Jewish Book Fair,” says Federation’s program director, Naomi Rubin. “This year we are having a Sunday morning Café at the Jewish Federation.” That event takes place on Sunday December 4th at 10:00am at the Federation facility, 9701 Commerce Center Court, (off Bass Rd.) in Fort Myers. Authors Michael Wex (“The Frumkiss Family Business”) and Michael Levy (“Kosher Chinese”) will present their books while attendees enjoy coffee and bagels. There is a $5 charge for this event. RSVP to Naomi Rubin (contact info below).

On Tuesday, December 6th, from 7:00-9:00pm, this moveable book feast travels to Lakes Regional Library, 1520 Bass Road, Fort Myers. Featured are Jennifer Griffin (Fox News) and her husband Greg Myre (“New York Times”) who co-wrote “This Burning Land” about their experiences reporting from Israel from 1999-2007. Also featured is author Marilyn Berger, whose book “This is a Soul” tells about the life and work of Dr. Rick Hodes in Africa. This is a free event.

Back at the Jewish Federation on Thursday December 8th at 7:00pm, readers can enjoy hearing three Florida authors speak at “Local Author Night.” Mindi Simon, is “pleased that we are having a local authors’ event to promote local talent.” The authors are Ella Naylor (“Anne Frank: Faces of Intolerance Past and Present”), Cantor Lyle Rockler (“Chazzanos”) and Gerald A. Honigman (“The Quest for Justice in the Middle East”). Anne Frank theme artwork by Sanibel Artist Myra Roberts will be on display at the Jewish Federation during the Fair.  While there is no charge for this event, donations are accepted.

The Jewish Book Fair moves to Miromar Outlets in Estero (near Godiva Chocolates) on Sunday December 11that 3:00pm. The authors are Mary Lou Weisman (“Al Jaffee’s Mad Life”) and Ronda Robinson (“Beyond Politics: Inspirational People of Israel”). Though there is no charge for the event, donations are accepted. 

The Jewish Book Fair 2011 culminates with an Author Luncheon at the Crowne Plaza Hotel at the Bell Tower, Fort Myers, on Tuesday, December 13 at 11:30am. Make the required reservations at 239-481-4449 ext. 3. The cost is $20 for the luncheon and authors’ lectures; books are sold separately.  Register online at The luncheon speakers are Dr. Leonard Felder (“Here I Am: Using Spiritual Wisdom to Become More Present, Centered and Available for Life”) and novelist Michael David Lukas (“The Oracle of Stamboul”). 
 That evening these authors will make a presentation at Temple Shalom of Port Charlotte and the Gulf Islands at 7:30pm. RSVP to Naomi Rubin as indicated below.  “Each author speaks well,” says Ms. Rubin, “and even if you have not read the book, you will enjoy the book presentation.”

At each event, the Jewish Federation will be selling the authors’ books and other new titles with Jewish content or books written by Jewish authors. The books will be discounted 10% off list price. Authors will be happy to autograph their books at their events. All Jewish Book Fair events are open to the public. For more information, visit or contact Naomi Rubin at 239-481-4449 ext. 3 or

See also: 2011 Jewish Book Fair schedule

And this write-up in the November 16, 2011 Fort Myers Florida Weekly: Jewish Book Fair 2011

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