2018 JBookFest Event Dates

Dive deep into the Jewish stories behind cultural icons like Superman and The Simpsons at JBookFest, Shalom Austin's literary series full of gripping presentations and captivating conversations with authors from around the world.

Sunday, January 13  | 1:30 PM
Erica Perl    All Three Stooges       
Location:  JCC Austin, 7300 Hart Lane

Spoiler alert: This book is not about the Three Stooges. It's about Noah and Dash, two seventh graders who are best friends and comedy junkies. That is, they were best friends until Dash’s father died suddenly and Dash shut Noah out. (Which Noah deserved, according to Not, the girl who, annoyingly, shares both his name and his bar mitzvah day.) Now Noah’s confusion, frustration, and determination to get through to Dash are threatening to destroy more than just their friendship. But what choices does he have? As Noah sees it, sometimes you need to risk losing everything, even your sense of humor, to prove that gone doesn’t have to mean “gone for good”.


Wednesday, February 6  | 7:00 PM
Cathy Barrow    Pie Squared       
Location:  JCC Austin, 7300 Hart Lane

For those of you who aren’t up on your Pinterest food trends, slab pie is just like regular pie—only better (and bigger)! Instead of crimping and meticulously rolling out a round crust, slab pies are an unfussy twist that is perfect for a potluck or dinner party or just a family dinner. Baked on sheet pans, slab pies can easily serve a crowd of people dinner or dessert. Pie Squared includes seventy-five foolproof recipes, along with inventive decoration tips that will appeal to baking nerds and occasional bakers alike. And this fresh, uncomplicated take on pie will surely pique the interest of those who have previously been recitation to take out their rolling pin.


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