Book Festival from the MJCCA hosts Judy Blume, Mitch Albom, and much more

Photograph by LuAnne DeMeo

In 1992, the very first Book Festival from the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta am small-it featured just two novelists-that volunteers baked cookies like a thank-you for that authors. Nearly one fourth century later, the 18-day festival hosts 45 authors, plus they still bake the cookies (with the aid of a caterer). Festival cochair Susan Tourial attributes the event’s durability to the interactive programming: Authors are interviewed by local media personalities, there is a comedy night, and cook book chats are frequently supported by lunches spotlighting the recipes. This season, catch stars like Judy Blume, Mitch Albom, Tess Gerritsen, Ted Koppel, and Arlene and Alan Alda.

Around the calendar: Greater than 40 authors discuss their works in the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta on November 5 through 22.

This short article initially made an appearance within our October 2015 issue underneath the headline “Literary Tradition.”