Thursday, October 26, 2017 | 7 pm
Aaron Family JCC
Presented with World Affairs Council
"One of America's most important novelists" (New York Times), the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of The History of Love, conjures an achingly-beautiful and breathtakingly original novel about personal transformation that interweaves the stories of two disparate individuals - an older lawyer and a young novelist - whose transcendental search leads them to the same Israeli desert.
Jules Epstein, a man whose drive, avidity, and outsized personality have, for sixty-eight years, been a force to be reckoned with, is undergoing a metamorphosis. In the wake of his parents' deaths, his divorce from his wife of more than thirty years, and his retirement from the New York legal firm where he was a partner, he's felt an irresistible need to give away his possessions, alarming his children and perplexing the executor of his estate. With the last of his wealth, he travels to Israel, with a nebulous plan to do something to honor his parents. In Tel Aviv, he is sidetracked by a charismatic American rabbi planning a reunion for the descendants of King David who insists that Epstein is part of that storied dynastic line. He also meets the rabbi's beautiful daughter who convinces Epstein to become involved in her own project - a film about the life of David being shot in the desert - with life-changing consequences.
But Epstein isn't the only seeker embarking on a metaphysical journey that dissolves his sense of self, place, and history. Leaving her family in Brooklyn, a young, well-known novelist arrives at the Tel Aviv Hilton where she has stayed every year since birth. Troubled by writer's block and a failing marriage, she hopes that the hotel can unlock a dimension of reality - and her own perception of life - that has been closed off to her. But when she meets a retired literature professor who proposes a project she can't turn down, she's drawn into a mystery that alters her life in ways she could never have imagined.
Bursting with life and humor, Forest Dark is a profound, mesmerizing novel of metamorphosis and self-realization of looking beyond all that is visible towards the infinite.
Bio: Nicole Krauss is the author of Great House, a finalist for the National Book Award; the New York Times bestseller The History of Love; and Man Walks into a Room. She was selected as one of Granta's Best Young American Novelists in 2007, and named to The New Yorker's "Twenty Under Forty" list in 2010. Her fiction has been published in The New Yorker, Harper's, Esquire, and Best American Short Stories, and her books have been translated into more than thirty-five languages. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Tuesday, November 7, 2017 | 7 pm
Presented with Women of Reform Judaism of Temple Emanu-El
Anton, will be speaking about her writing craft and how she came to write her best-selling fiction books as well as her latest work.
I Wrote That One, Too...: A Life in Songwriting from Willie to Whitney
MCs for this great evening are Rusty Cooper and Bruce Katz. Join them and Steve Dorff who will entertain at both the keyboard and the mic.
Monday, November 13, 2017 | 7 pm
Aaron Family JCC
One of the most successful songwriters and composers of the last 25 years, Steve Dorff has penned over 20 Top-10 hits for pop and country artists around the world, including Barbra Streisand, Celine Dion, Blake Shelton, Smokey Robinson, Kenny Rogers, Ray Charles, Anne Murray, Whitney Houston, George Strait, Dolly Parton, Judy Collins, Cher, Dusty Springfield, Ringo Starr, and Garth Brooks. He has scored for television shows, including Growing Pains, Major Dad, Murder She Wrote, Reba, and several films, including Any Which Way but Loose for which he penned the titular song, and more recently, he has embarked on Broadway (forthcoming musical Josephine).
Chronicling his four decades behind the music, Steve Dorff gives anecdotes, advice, and insights into his journey. The book follows Steve from his childhood in Queens, to Manhattan to Nashville and to his eventual arrival in Los Angeles, California. Oftentimes, songs are attributed to the singers who perform them, but it is the songwriter who really knows the story behind the story from conception to execution. Full of heartfelt stories, hard-earned wisdom, and delightful wit, I Wrote That One, Too... is a great read for musicians, music fans, and whoever has chased their dreams and survived the surprising but often serendipitous turns in the road.
Bio: Industry observers have dubbed multiple award-winning Steve Dorff an enigma who has evolved into a gifted composer in every musical field. There is no way to capture the diversity he regularly displays scoring major motion pictures, television, or theater via an array of #1 hit songs. In addition to winning the NSAI Songwriter of the year award, Dorff has also been honored with more than 40 BMI, and 11 Billboard #1 awards.
Three-time Grammy nominee and a fixture on the nation's charts, his dossier includes nine #1 film songs and 15 Top-10 hits, including Kenny Rogers' classic "Through the Years," a BMI 3 million performance song, as well as "I Just Fall in Love Again," the Anne Murray record that captured Billboard's #1 Song of the Year honors.
His many songs have been sung by some of the greatest artists of our time - Barbra Streisand, Celine Dion, Whitney Houston, George Strait, Vanessa Williams, and countless others.
Martha Hall Kelly
Monday, December 4, 2017 | 7 pm
Aaron Family JCC
Presented with the Dallas Holocaust Center for Education and Tolerance and the Tycher Library.
Based on a true story of a New York socialite who championed a group of concentration camp survivors known as the Rabbits, this acclaimed debut novel reveals a story of love, redemption, and terrible secrets that were hidden for decades.
Caroline Ferriday is a former Broadway actress and liaison to the French consulate whose life is forever changed when Hitler's army invades Poland in September 1939 - and then sets its sights on France. An ocean away from Caroline, Kasia Kuzmerick, a Polish teenager, sinks deeper into her role as a courier for the underground resistance movement. In Germany, Herta Oberheuser, a young doctor, answers an ad for a government medical position, only to find herself trapped in a male-dominated realm of Nazi secrets and power.
The lives of these three women are set on a collision course when the unthinkable happens, and Kasia is sent to Ravensbrück, the notorious Nazi concentration camp for women. Their stories cross continents, as Caroline and Kasia strive to bring justice to those whom history has forgotten.