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In addition to this year’s Literatour events, we’re happy to announce that the Springfield JCC is now a partner in the JCC Literary Consortium to bring you Book Fest in Your Living Room, a virtual series of author Zoom talks and Q&As for a nominal fee. Some events may require a book purchase.

Presented in partnership with the JCC Literary Consortium

Contact

Bev Nadler
Director of Adult Programs
bnadler@springfieldjcc.org
413-739-4715

Sharon Stone, "The Beauty of Living Twice"

Due to circumstances beyond our control, the Sharon Stone author event, originally scheduled for April 1, 2021, has BEEN POSTPONED to a later date. If you have already purchased a ticket/book, it will be honored for the new date, and we will notify you as soon it’s rescheduled. Thanks for your understanding.

In Conversation with international superstar Gloria Estefan

Sharon Stone tells her own story: a journey of healing, love, and purpose. Sharon Stone, one of the most renowned actresses in the world, suffered a massive stroke that cost her not only her health, but her career, family, fortune, and global fame. In The Beauty of Living Twice, Sharon Stone chronicles her efforts to rebuild her life, and the slow road back to wholeness and health. In an industry that doesn’t accept failure, in a world where too many voices are silenced, Stone found the power to return, the courage to speak up, and the will to make a difference in the lives of women and children around the globe.

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Jenny Lawson, "Broken (In The Best Possible Way)"

Tuesday, April 13
8:00 PM

In conversation with Judy Blume, NYT bestselling author and owner of Books & Books at The Studios of Key West

As Jenny Lawson’s hundreds of thousands of fans know, she suffers from depression. In Broken, she explores her experimental treatment of transcranial magnetic stimulation with brutal honesty. But also with brutal humor. Jenny discusses the frustration of dealing with her insurance company in “An Open Letter to My Insurance Company,” which should be an anthem for anyone who has ever had to call their insurance company to try and get a claim covered. She tackles such timelessly debated questions as “How do dogs know they have penises?” We see how her vacuum cleaner almost set her house on fire, how she was attacked by three bears, business ideas she wants to pitch to Shark Tank, and why she can never go back to the post office. Of course, Jenny’s long-suffering husband Victor―the Ricky to Jenny’s Lucille Ball―is present throughout.

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Tovah Feldshuh, "Lilyville: A Memoir"

Thursday, April 15
8:00 PM
Free program. Book purchase option available.

In conversation with  Holly Firfer, CNN correspondent

Iconic Broadway performer and four-time Tony, two-time Emmy nominee Tovah Feldshuh presents Lilyville, a heartwarming and hilarious memoir exploring the mother-daughter relationship that challenged shifting socio-cultural expectations of women and shaped a magnificent career. Calling Tovah a master performer would be akin to dismissing a tornado as a stiff breeze. Her first major role in Yentl earned her multiple awards and a Tony nomination, paving the way for a robust theater career and acclaimed television performances in Holocaust, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, and The Walking Dead. Yet, perhaps Tovah’s most influential, challenging, and, eventually, fulfilling role was one she never auditioned for: Lily Feldshuh’s daughter.

In Lilyville: Mother, Daughter, and Other Roles I’ve Played, Tovah Feldshuh reflects on her extraordinary life in the best way she knows how: as a play. Tovah immerses readers in a journey through the acts and scenes of her personal and professional life, from her tomboy childhood in the refined community of Scarsdale, New York, to becoming Broadway royalty alongside Christopher Plummer and Barbra Streisand—all held together by the twisting thread of her often-complicated relationship with Lily.

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Robert Lefkowitz, "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Stockholm"

Sunday, April 25
8:00 PM

In conversation with  Holly Firfer, CNN correspondent

The rollicking memoir from Robert Lefkowitz, the cardiologist turned legendary scientist and winner of the Nobel Prize – A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Stockholm: The Adrenaline-Fueled Adventures of an Accidental Scientist – is a narrative that revels in the joy of science and discovery, written in conjunction with Emory University Professor Randy Hall. Like Richard Feynman in the field of physics, Dr. Robert Lefkowitz is known for being a larger-than-life character: a not-immodest, often self-deprecating, always-entertaining raconteur. Indeed, when he received the Nobel Prize, the press corps in Sweden covered him intensively, describing him as “the happiest Laureate.”

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Hadassah Lieberman, "Hadassah: An American Story"

Sunday, May 2
8:00 PM

In conversation with  Holly Firfer, CNN correspondent

In 1949, Hadassah Lieberman and her family immigrated from the Czech Republic to the United States. She went on to earn a BA from Boston University in government and dramatics and an MA in international relations and American government from Northeastern University. She built a career devoted largely to public health that has included positions at Lehman Brothers, Pfizer, and the National Research Council. After her first marriage ended in divorce, she married Joe Lieberman, a US senator from Connecticut who was the Democratic nominee for vice president with Al Gore and would go on to run for president. In Hadassah, Lieberman shares the story of her extraordinary life: from her family’s experience in Eastern Europe to their move to Gardner, Massachusetts; forging her career; experiencing divorce; and, following her remarriage, her life on the national political stage. By offering insight into her identity as an immigrant, an American Jew, and a working mother, Lieberman’s memoir speaks to many of the major issues of our time, from immigration to anti-Semitism to gender politics. With an introduction by Joe Lieberman and an afterword by Megan McCain, it’s a true American story.

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Pam Jenoff, "The Woman with the Blue Star"

Thursday, May 6
8:00 PM

Former diplomat and Cambridge-educated historian Pam Jenoff has become a mainstay at the top of historical fiction lists. The Orphan’s Tale sold hundreds of thousands of copies while earning weeks on bestseller lists and the follow-up, The Lost Girls of Paris, stayed on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists, among others, for over 20 weeks, while selling well-over a half-million copies and counting. Her deep research and emotional storytelling have made her a favorite of readers and critics alike. Join us as she discusses her latest will-be blockbuster, The Woman with the Blue Star.

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Judy Batalion, "The Light of Days"

Monday, May 10
8:00 PM

In Conversation with Dr. Catherine M. Lewis, Exec. Director, Museum of History and Holocaust Education and Professor of History, Kennesaw State University

Of the legions of stories of World War II and the Holocaust that shape our understanding of those history-changing events, one of the most extraordinary has remained hidden until now: the daring resistance efforts of Jewish women in the ghettos of the Nazi occupation. In The Light of Days: The Untold Story of Women Resistance Fighters in Hitler’s Ghettos, Judy Batalion shares the acts of defiance and rebellion of women who saw and acknowledged the truth of their time, worked together, and risked their lives in the fight for justice and liberty. The Light of Days is a meticulously researched and grippingly told David-and-Goliath history that sheds light on the invaluable role these unsung heroines played in fighting against and surviving Hitler’s Final Solution.

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Paula Shoyer, "The Instant Pot Kosher Cookbook"

Thursday, May 13
7:30 PM

Live cooking demo

Let’s cook with the Kosher Baker herself, Paula Shoyer! Paula will be pulling out all the stops, making a few delicious dishes just in time for Shavuot! First, it’s NY cheesecake in the Instant Pot followed by a more traditional recipe for her famed blintzes. Either way, you don’t need an Instant Pot to participate — all of her recipes can be made using appliances you already own! Both recipes are below if you’d like to purchase your ingredients in advance and cook along with Paula!

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