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A celebration of books at Mandel JCC


The Boynton Beach Jewish Book Fair is a daylong celebration of books on Dec. 3 at the Mandel Jewish Community Center, 8500 Jog Road. Cost to attend ranges from $10 for individual sessions to $50 for three authors and lunch. For detailed information about tickets or to register, visit

The schedule includes:

10:30 a.m.: Tova Mirvis discusses her book “The Book of Separation,” the memoir of a woman who leaves her faith and her marriage.

10:30 a.m.: David King discusses his nonfiction book “The Trial of Adolf Hitler: The Beer Hall Putsch and the Rise of Germany,” the little-known courtroom drama that paved the way for the rise of Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party. Based on trial transcripts, police files and some 500 documents recently discovered from the Landsberg Prison record office, “The Trial of Adolf Hitler” is a true story of crime and punishment.

Noon: Keynote lunch with Ronald Balson, the author of “The Trust,” about Liam Taggart who travels to Northern Ireland for his Uncle Fergus’ funeral. There, he learns that his uncle had been murdered and that Fergus had anticipated this, leaving his entire estate to a secret trust, directing that no distributions be made to any person until the killer is found.

2 p.m.: Jane Healey on her novel “The Saturday Evening Girls Club,” about four young immigrant women living in Boston’s North End in the early 1900s.

2 p.m.: Russel Lazega on “Managing Bubbie,” about a family’s concerns for its aging, stubborn Holocaust survivor who has risen above the squalor of Poland’s ghettos.

2 p.m.: Justin Loeber on his self-improvement book “Get Out of Your Own Way Guide to Life: 10 Tips to Shift Gears, Dream Big, Do It Now.”

3:15 p.m.: Keith Fentonmiller’s novel “Kasper Mutzenmacher’s Cursed Hat” is set in 1938 Berlin against the growing Nazi threat.

3:15 p.m.: Raya Sue Harris’ novel “Bronx Heart, Jerusalem Soul” revolves around Tyra Miller, who goes on an academic journey to Israel where she falls in love with the country’s rich ancient history, modern development and its people.

3:15 p.m.: Rabbi David Karmi Ingber on his book “When the Heavens Kiss the Earth: Mystical Insights for Personal Growth.”

On Dec. 5, Abigail Pogrebin will discuss her book “My Jewish Year: 18 Holidays, One Wondering Jew” at 10 a.m. at Temple Emanu-El, 190 N. County Road, Palm Beach, as part of the Mandel JCC’s Celebrating Sisterhood program. Cost is $38 for members, $44 for guests. Visit for more information.

Map it out

While most of us use map apps to guide us, it is easy to forget that vintage maps were works of art and also changed the way the world was viewed. The exhibit “100 Maps That Changed the World: Discovery of the Americas and the Establishment of the United States” will be on display through January 2018 in the Cotilla Gallery, at the Alvin Sherman Library at Nova Southeastern University, 3100 Ray Ferrero Jr., Blvd., Davie. For more information, visit or contact or call 954-262-4637. The exhibit features rare maps and atlases from the 15th through the 18th century from the collection of local collector Neal Asbury. The maps were selected to illustrate the European discovery of the Americas and the exploration and mapping of the American Colonies up and through the American Revolution.

Final rhymes of the year

The Palm Beach Poetry Festival is gearing up for its major annual event in January, but the organizers keep the verses flowing year round. The Bards of a Feather, a free round-robin poetry reading, begins at 12:30 p.m. Dec. 6 at the Green Cay Nature Preserve, Community Room, 12800 Hagen Ranch Road, Boynton Beach. Participants should bring up to four poems, original or not, to share with the group. Non-poets are welcome to attend.

The Alzheimer’s Poetry Project holiday poetry reading and sing-along is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Dec. 13 at the Sunrise Assisted Living, Brighton Gardens, 6341 Via De Sonrisa Del Sur, Boca Raton.

The Palm Beach Poetry Festival 2018 will be Jan. 15-20 at Old School Square, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach. Top poets will be featured at numerous ticketed public events, including readings, talks, interviews, panel discussions and workshops. Special guest poet will be Coleman Barks, a poet and the world’s leading expert on 13th century poet Rumi, the founder of Sufism — as well as the likely namesake of one of the twins of Beyoncé and Jay Z. For more information about Palm Beach Poetry Festival events, visit

Books and art at the Norton

South Florida features an array of book discussion groups at area libraries and bookstores. But the Norton Museum of Art puts a different spin on it with its free Book + Art program for adults and children, in partnership with the Palm Beach County Library System. Visit for more information on both programs.

For adults, the monthly events begin at 2 p.m. at the Norton Museum, 1451 S. Olive Ave., West Palm Beach, 561-832-5196. Participants read the book and then tour the museum, followed by a discussion. The next event is Dec. 9. The book is Rachel Carson’s “Silent Spring,” the 1962 exposé of the pesticide industry that inspired generations of environmentalists. The book will be paired with a viewing of Justin Guariglia’s exhibition “Earth Works: Mapping the Anthropocene.”

The children’s program, which is in English and Spanish and geared for ages 6 to 8, is 3:30 to 5 p.m. the first Tuesdays of the month at the Main Library, 3650 Summit Blvd., West Palm Beach, 561-233-2600. The youngsters view the art on slides and then participate in an art-related activity. On Dec. 5, youngsters will discuss the children’s classic “Thumbelina” by Hans Christian Andersen, followed by “Miss Lucy’s 3-Day Dollhouse Party” and the chance to design their own doll or dollhouse.


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