Austin Jewish Book Fair 


2014 Books & Bagels Author Appearance Dates   

Author programs: $10/JCC Members/Students/Senior Adults
$15 General Admission



Mark Cohen: Overweight Sensation: The Life and Comedy of Allan Sherman 

Mark Cohen is a writer and speaker specializing in the Jewish American scene, from the pop culture comedy of Allan Sherman to the novels of Saul Bellow. A graduate of Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism, his articles have appeared in publications such as American Jewish History, History of Photography, Modern Judaism, the Forward, Los Angeles Times, and Newsday.

Overweight Sensation: The Life and Comedy of Allan Sherman is the first biography of the groundbreaking Jewish song parodist and humorist, published in time for the 50th anniversary of "Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh." Sherman played Carnegie Hall, befriended Harpo Marx,discovered and produced Bill Cosby, and sang for the National Press Club, the U.S. Department of Labor, and Lyndon Johnson’s presidential campaign.


Alisa Solomon: Wonder of Wonders: A Cultural History of Fiddler on the Roof

Alisa Solomon teaches at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism, where she directs the Arts & Culture concentration in the MA program. A former theater critic and cultural and political reporter for the Village Voice, she has also contributed to many publications, such as the New York Times, Tablet, and The Forward. She is a winner of the George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism.

Wonder of Wonders: A Cultural History of Fiddler on the Roof is a story of the theater, following Tevye the milkman from his humble appearance on the New York Yiddish stage, to his Broadway debut, and his ultimate destination— a major Hollywood picture. The book explores how and why Fiddler was reborn as blockbuster entertainment and a cultural touchstone, not only for Jews and not only in America. It reveals the legacy of a show about tradition that itself became a tradition. Austin Jewish Repertory Theater will perform Fiddler in collaboration with Trinity Street Players this August.


Michael Zusman: The Artisan Jewish Deli at Home

Michael Zusman is a state court judge by day and freelance restaurant and food writer at night. His culinary observations and insights have appeared in multiple publications in Portland, where he was born and raised. He is also a serious amateur baker and supplied the bread and bagel recipes used by Kenny & Zuke's in his hometown.

The Artisan Jewish Deli is a must-have collection of more than 100 recipes for timeless deli classics, with modern twists on old ideas and innovations. The book is enhanced by photographs, historical tidbits, reminiscences, and reference material, adding lively cultural context.

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The Austin Jewish Book Fair is part of the Spotlight on Arts & Ideas 2013-14 season.