Free Tickets to the 2009 Twin Cities Jewish Book Fair Events

The Twin Cities Jewish Book Fair is kicking off on November 7th, and hosting a smorgasbord of Jewish authors on everything from racial politics, to cooking, to child-rearing and Jewish history. [Update: Free Tickets No Longer Available.]

This isn’t just a book fair for Bubbes – some of the books are controversial, and several are written by women closer to our age bracket than that of our mothers. This is the 28th year of the Twin Cities Jewish Book Fair and these 9 authors (6 in November, 3 this spring) join the ranks of more than 250 nationally known Jewish authors who have come to the Twin Cities to speak about their books at this event over the last several decades. The Book Fair is presented by the Saint Paul JCC in partnership with The Friends of the St. Paul Public Library and the Sabes JCC.

Most of the events are free/cheap, but the Book Fair is giving us two “People of the Book” passes to raffle off to TC Jewfolk readers- present your pass and you get into each Book Fair event for free. Read on to learn how to win!

Win a FREE “People of the Book” Pass to the Twin Cities Jewish Book Fair!

The Twin Cities Jewish Book Fair has given TC Jewfolk two “People of the Book” passes to raffle off to two of our lucky readers. To win, between now and 12noon on Thursday, October 29th, go to the comments section of this blog post and answer this question. What is your favorite book by a Jewish author and why? We’ll enter your name in our raffle (drawn randomly with the help of The Hat). One submission per person.

Twin Cities Jewish Book Fair Highlights

To see the complete list of the authors and their books at the Twin Cities Jewish Book Fair, click here. To register to attend the Book Fair events, click here, or stop by the Saint Paul JCC. Here are the authors (and books) that we don’t think you can miss.

Ernest Adams and From Ghetto to Ghetto: An African American Journey to Judaism
Saturday, November 7th: 7:00pm: Book Fair opening reception. 8:00pm: Author presentation and book signing. Ernest Adams’ talk is co-sponsored by the UJFC of St. Paul, the St. Paul Chapter of Hadassah, and Jewish Community Action (tix are $10 for JCC members, $15 for non-members). Here’s the Book’s Fair’s blurb:

Growing up in Harlem during the Jim Crowe era and coming of age during the Black Power movement, Ernest Adams has experienced his share of racial bias, but only began to relinquish his own admittedly anti-white and anti-Semitic ideas after meeting Meyer Goldstein in law school and becoming “like brothers.” Meyer’s father, Rabbi Goldstein “adopted” him and became Adams’ inspiration to become a Jew. Adams offers a fresh perspective in the current dialogue about race relations and identity among African Americans and Jews.

Roz Marks and Andrea Marks Carneiro and Jewish Cooking Boot Camp: The Modern Girl’s Guide to Cooking Like a Jewish Grandmother

Sunday, November 8, 11:30AM at the Sabes JCC (Minneapolis) and 3PM at the St. Paul JCC. The talks are co-sponsored by BOND – Branching Out in New Directions (tix are $6 JCC Member, $9 non-members). Here’s the Book Fair’s blurb:

This mother-daughter team mother leads a new generation through traditional Jewish favorites guiding even the most kitchen-challenged confidently through the Jewish holidays and other important occasions.  You’ll hear tips, anecdotes, as well as ideas for creating meaningful family traditions.

Kate Ledger and Remedies

Tuesday, November 10, 7:00pm at St. Paul JCC and Thursday, November 19, 7:00pm, at Sabes JCC. This talk is co-sponsored by: Mt. Zion Temple, Beth Jacob Congregation, Temple of Aaron (tix are $6 for JCC members, $9 for non-members). Here’s the Book Fair’s blurb:

The Twin Cities Jewish Book Fair celebrates the debut novel of St. Paul JCC member Kate Ledger. Her book, this year’s Community Read is a thoughtful, evocative portrait of a family’s struggle to cope (or avoid coping) with a painful past. Ledger’s impeccable craftsmanship has already been noted in prominent book reviews. An excellent conversation piece. Read this!

Buy the books you want at the event, and some of the money goes to support our local Jewish Community Centers. See you in the stacks.

(Update: TC Jewfolk now has an Associates account which gives us 4-10%  of a sale if you purchase any of the above-mentioned books by clicking on the links in this article. We appreciate your support.)