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Festival of Books & Arts Program

Ann Katz Festival of Books & Arts

Oct 25–Nov 22, 2020

New! This year, the Ann Katz Festival of Books & Arts is all virtual. Enjoy authors, films and performances without leaving your home!

The 22nd annual Ann Katz Festival of Books & Arts is a month-long, all-virtual festival featuring well-known authors, award-winning films and performing arts events. This year, the festival kicks off with master of suspense Harlan Coben. Check out our line-up below and get ready to curl up with the stories behind the stories of this fall’s favorite reads.

Join one or see them all from the comfort of your home. Links will be provided to ticketholders shortly before each event.

Price for each event is per household. Book orders will be processed the day after the respective program.

See More, Pay Less with the Festival Pass!

If you’re planning to see multiple events, you can save by purchasing a Festival Pass for $60. (Please note that the Festival Pass includes all events but does not include books. One pass per household; sharing the pass is prohibited). Festival Pass sales EXTENDED through Sat, Nov 21.

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The JCC’s 22nd annual Ann Katz Festival of Books & Arts is made possible with funding from the Irwin and Ann Katz Cultural Arts and Education Endowment Fund and our major festival sponsors The Herbert Simon Family Foundation, Lilly Endowment Inc., The National Bank of Indianapolis, Katz Sapper & Miller and Christel DeHaan Family Foundation.

 

Sun, Oct 25  |  8 pm
$10 for ticket only, $23 for ticket plus paperback copy of The Boy from the Woods (includes shipping from A Cappella Books in Atlanta)

Harlan Coben The Boy from the Woods

With over 70 million books in print worldwide, Harlan Coben is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than 30 fast-paced, witty, skillfully crafted suspense novels including Run Away, Fool Me Once, Tell No One, No Second Chance and the renowned Myron Bolitar series. His latest, The Boy from the Woods, is a shocking thriller in which a man with a mysterious past must find a missing teenage girl. Coben is also creator and executive producer of several Netflix dramas (some of which are adaptations of his books), including The StrangerSafe and The Woods.

Coben will be in conversation with litigator-turned-#1 New York Times bestselling women’s fiction author Emily Giffin.

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Presented in partnership with the JCC Literary Consortium.

      

Tue, Oct 27  |  8 pm
$10 (book purchase from A Cappella Books in Atlanta not required but encouraged. Includes signed bookplate!)

Jennifer Rosner The Yellow Bird Sings
Community Reads

The Yellow Bird Sings, about a mother and daughter hiding from the Nazis, is Jennifer Rosner’s first foray into adult fiction. Her previous books include the memoir If a Tree Falls: A Family’s Quest to Hear and Be Heard, about raising her deaf daughters, and the children’s book The Mitten String. Jennifer’s writing has appeared in The New York TimesThe Forward and elsewhere. She lives in western Massachusetts with her family.

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This is a Jewish Book Council program.

Wed, Oct 28 |  8 pm
$10 (book purchase from A Cappella Books in Atlanta not required but encouraged. Includes signed bookplate!)

Stephanie Butnick, Liel Leibovitz and Mark Oppenheimer The Newish Jewish Encyclopedia: From Abraham to Zabar’s and Everything in Between

Butnick, Leibovitz and Oppenheimer are the hosts of the Unorthodox podcast, a smart, fresh, fun weekly take on Jewish news and culture by Tablet magazine. The Newish Jewish Encyclopedia is deeply knowing, highly entertaining and just a little bit irreverent, an unputdownable encyclopedia of all things Jewish and Jew-ish, covering culture, religion, history, habits, language and more. Readers will refresh their knowledge of the Patriarchs and Matriarchs, the artistry of Barbra Streisand, the significance of the Oslo Accords and the meaning of words like balaboosta, balaganbashert and bageling.

The authors will be in conversation with David Sklar, Assistant Director/Director of Government Affairs at the Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council.

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This is a Jewish Book Council program. Sponsored by Congregation Beth-El Zedeck.

   
Sun, Nov 1  |  3 pm
$10 (book purchase from A Cappella Books in Atlanta not required but encouraged. Includes signed bookplate!)

Sue Eisenfeld Wandering Dixie: Dispatches from the Lost Jewish South

Sue Eisen­feld is a lit­er­ary non­fic­tion writer whose work has appeared in The New York TimesThe Forward, Washingtonian and others. Her essays have been list­ed five times among the Notable Essays of the Year in The Best Amer­i­can Essays. In Wandering Dixie, she travels to nine states including South Carolina, Arkansas, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana, where she explores the small towns where Jewish people once lived and thrived, asks why some early southern Jews participated in slavery when Passover celebrates being freed from bondage, talks with the only Jews remaining in some of the “lost” places and visits areas with no Jewish community left except for an old temple or overgrown cemetery. Originally from Philadel­phia, Eisenfeld has lived in Virginia (which, yes, counts as the South) for nearly 30 years.

Eisenfeld will be in conversation with Rabbi Brett Krichiver of Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation.

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This is a Jewish Book Council and Unity Project program. Sponsored by Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation.

     

   
Thu, Nov 5  |  8 pm
$10 (book purchase from A Cappella Books in Atlanta not required but encouraged. Includes signed bookplate!)

Howard Blum Night of the Assassins: The Untold Story of Hitler’s Plot to Kill FDR, Churchill and Stalin

Howard Blum previously worked at the New York Times, where he was twice nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting. He is the author of several New York Times-bestselling historical narrative nonfiction books, including the Edgar Award-winning American Lightning. In his latest, Night of the Assassins, the year is 1943 and the three Allied leaders—Franklin D. Roosevelt, Winston Churchill and Joseph Stalin—are meeting for the first time at a top-secret conference in Iran. But the Nazis have learned about the meeting and Hitler sees it as his last chance to turn the tide.

The mission: To kill the three most important and heavily guarded men in the world.
The assassins: A specially trained team headed by the killer known as the Most Dangerous Man in Europe.
The stakes: Nothing less than the future of the Western world.
The J’s Director of Arts & Education, Lev Rothenberg, says “This is one of those amazing books that is page-turning history.”

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This is a Jewish Book Council program.

Sat, Nov 7  |  8 pm  |  $10

Heartland Film Festival presents a selection of award-winning shorts (exact films TBA upon conclusion of the 2020 Heartland Film Festival).

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Sun, Nov 8  |  2 pm  |  FREE

What Was and What Will Be: Life in the Time of COVID-19 A Spirit & Place Festival performance

Dance Kaleidoscope performs choreographed dances based on submissions collected from the community for an online anthology about the weight everyone is feeling from COVID-19.

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Presented in partnership with Dance Kaleidoscope, Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council and Indiana Writers Center, with additional support from Christel House Academy, Christel House Academy South, Indianapolis Power and Light and the Indianapolis Public Library.

   

  
Sun, Nov 8  |  8 pm
$10 for ticket only, $36 for ticket plus a copy of Why Did I Come Into This Room? with signed bookplate (includes shipping from A Cappella Books in Atlanta)

Joan Lunden Why Did I Come Into This Room? A Candid Conversation About Aging

Acclaimed broadcast journalist (Good Morning America) and baby boomer Joan Lunden delves into the various phases of aging that leave many feeling uncomfortable, confused and on edge. She goes where others fear, openly talking about wrinkles, age spots, expanding waistlines, changes in sex drive, ageism and more. Through her poignant and often hilarious personal experiences, Lunden candidly shares her anxieties, breakthroughs and how she’s coping with the physical, mental and emotional realities of aging.

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Presented in partnership with the JCC Literary Consortium.

  
Tue, Nov 10  |  8 pm
$10 for ticket only, $24 for ticket plus paperback copy of My Dad, Yogi (includes shipping from A Cappella Books in Atlanta)

Dale Berra My Dad, Yogi: A Memoir of Family and Baseball

My Dad, Yogi is Dale’s tribute to his famous dad — a treat for baseball fans and a poignant story for fathers and sons everywhere. Yogi is Dale Berra’s chronicle of his unshakeable bond with his father, as well as an intimate portrait of one of the great (and most quotable) sports figures of the 20th century. Throughout Dale’s youth, he had a firsthand look at the Major Leagues, often by his dad’s side during Yogi’s years as a coach and manager of the New York Yankees and Mets. After winning the 1979 World Series as a Pittsburgh Pirate, Dale himself played for his dad and the Yankees. But Dale was then implicated in a major cocaine scandal involving some of the biggest names in baseball, and his promising career was ultimately cut short by his drug problem. Yogi supported his son all along, eventually staging the intervention that would save his life and draw the entire family even closer.

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Presented in partnership with the JCC Literary Consortium.

  
Wed, Nov 11  |  8 pm
$10 for ticket only, $24 for ticket plus paperback copy of Long Way Home (includes shipping from A Cappella Books in Atlanta)

Cameron Douglas Long Way Home: A Memoir of Fame, Family and Redemption

On the surface, Cameron Douglas had everything: descended from Hollywood royalty (son of Michael Douglas, grandson of Kirk Douglas), he was born into a life of wealth, privilege and comfort. But by the age of 30, he had become a drug addict, a thief, and—after a DEA drug bust—a convicted drug dealer sentenced to five years in prison, with another five years added while he was incarcerated. Through supreme willpower, a belief in himself and a steely desire to alter his life’s path, Douglas began to reverse his trajectory, to understand and deal with the psychological turmoil that tormented him for years, and to prepare for what would be a profoundly challenging but successful reentry into society.

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This is a Jewish Book Council program. Presented in partnership with the JCC Literary Consortium.

  


Thu, Nov 12  |  8 pm
$10 (book purchase from A Cappella Books in Atlanta not required but encouraged)

Jim McCloskey with Philip Lerman When Truth is All You Have: A Memoir of Faith, Justice and Freedom for the Wrongly Convicted
Foreword by John Grisham

A former Navy veteran and management consultant, Jim McCloskey enrolled at Princeton Theological Seminary at age 37. His first assignment was as a chaplain at Trenton State Prison, where he ministered to some of the most violent offenders in New Jersey. Among them was Jorge de los Santos, a heroin addict who’d been convicted of murder years earlier but swore his innocence. With no legal or investigative training to speak of, McCloskey threw himself into the case, and two years later he successfully effected de los Santos’ exoneration. And so Centurion Ministries, the first group in America devoted to overturning wrongful convictions, was born. Together with a team of forensic experts, lawyers and volunteers, Centurion has freed 63 (and counting) men and women who had been sentenced to life in prison or to death for the crimes of others.

Co-author Philip Lerman has been national editor of USA Today and co-producer of America’s Most Wanted.

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Presented in partnership with the JCC Literary Consortium.

   
Sat, Nov 14  |  8 pm
$10 for ticket only, $35 for ticket plus a copy of The End of October (includes shipping from A Cappella Books in Atlanta)

Lawrence Wright The End of October

Lawrence Wright is a staff writer for The New Yorker, a playwright, a screenwriter and the author of 10 nonfiction books (including Going Clear, God Save Texas and the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Looming Tower) and one previous novel, God’s Favorite. The End of October, Wright’s second novel, is a riveting medical thriller in which microbiologist/epidemiologist Dr. Henry Parsons races to find the origins and cure of a mysterious new killer virus as it brings the world to its knees (sound familiar?).

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Presented in partnership with the JCC Literary Consortium.

  

  

Wed, Nov 18 |  8 pm
$10 for ticket only, $32 for ticket plus a copy of one book, $50 for ticket plus both books (includes shipping from A Cappella Books in Atlanta)

Michael Ian Black A Better Man: A (Mostly Serious) Letter to My Son and Cleo Stiller Modern Manhood: Conversations About the Complicated World of Being a Good Man Today

Michael Ian Black is an actor, writer and comedian best known for co-creating the sketch comedy troupes The State and Stella. He has appeared in many TV shows and movies including Judd Apatow’s This is 40, Wet Hot American Summer and the various VH1 I Love The… programs. He is the author of several books for children (including New York Times Notable Children’s Book of 2012 I’m Bored and parody A Child’s First Book of Trump) and adults (including two memoirs, an essay collection and a book about the American political divide co-authored with Meghan McCain). His latest, A Better Man, is written as a letter to his college-bound son. Black explores the damage and rising violence caused by the expectations placed on boys to “man up” (leading to a world where the word “masculinity” is often preceded by “toxic”) and searches for the best way to help young men be part of the solution, not the problem.

Cleo Stiller is a Peabody Award-nominated, Emmy Award-nominated, and Gracie Award-winning reporter obsessed with exploring stories about health, gender and technology among millennials. Her book Modern Manhood chronicles the hopes, fears and confessions of men across the country as they come to terms with what it means it be a “good man” today.

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This is a Jewish Book Council program. Presented in partnership with the JCC Literary Consortium and the Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis’ NEXTGen program.

  
Fri, Nov 20  |  2 pm
FREE for ticket only, $35 for ticket plus a copy of What We Will Become (includes shipping from A Cappella Books in Atlanta)

Mimi Lemay What We Will Become: A Mother, A Son and a Journey of Transformation

Known for her compassionate, viral 2015 essay “A Letter to My Son Jacob on his 5th Birthday,” Mimi Lemay is a mother of three, a wife and a vocal advocate for transgender rights. In her memoir What We Will Become, Lemay details her son Jacob’s female-to-male transition as well as her own journey outside the boundaries of the ultra-Orthodox Jewish faith and culture that shaped her. Lemay is on the Human Rights Campaign’s Parents for Transgender Equality Council, has published op-eds in The Boston Globe and has appeared on broadcast outlets including The Today Show, NBC Nightly News, NPR’s Here & Now and more.

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This is a Jewish Book Council program. Presented in partnership with the JCC Literary Consortium. Sponsored by WFYI. A Gender Journeys program.

  
Sat, Nov 21  |  8 pm
$36 for ticket plus a copy of I Want to Be Where the Normal People Are (includes shipping from A Cappella Books in Atlanta)

Rachel Bloom I Want to Be Where the Normal People Are

In the vein of Mindy Kaling, Ali Wong and Amy Poehler, the charming and wickedly funny creator and star of TV’s Crazy Ex-Girlfriend has penned a collection of hilarious, smart and infinitely relatable personal essays, poems and even amusement park maps on the subjects of insecurity, fame, anxiety and much more. All in the unique voice (sometimes singing voice) that made her a star, Golden Globe- and Emmy-winning actress and songwriter Rachel Bloom writes about everything from her love of Disney, OCD and depression, weirdness and female friendships to the story of how she didn’t poop in the toilet until she was four years old.

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Presented in partnership with the JCC Literary Consortium.

  
Sun, Nov 22  |  2 pm
FREE for ticket only, $30 for ticket plus a copy of Kid in the Kitchen (includes shipping from A Cappella Books in Atlanta)

Melissa Clark Kid in the Kitchen

Food writer and cookbook author Melissa Clark is staff reporter for the New York Times Food section, where she writes the popular column “A Good Appetite” and appears in a weekly cooking video series. She has written 42 cookbooks, including collaborations with celebrated chefs like Daniel Boulud. Her work has been honored with awards by the James Beard Foundation and IACP (International Association of Culinary Professionals) and has been selected for the Best Food Writing series. She is a regular guest on the Today show and Rachael Ray, has been a judge on Iron Chef America, and is a frequent guest host of the NPR radio show The Splendid Table. Clark’s latest cookbook, Kid in the Kitchen, is a collection of 100 all-new recipes like Brown Butter French Toast, Burgers with Kimchi Mayo and No-Machine Ice Cream (each with allergy and special diet info) for a new audience of home chefs: kids ages 8–14.

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Presented in partnership with the JCC Literary Consortium.

  
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Sun, Nov 22  |  8 pm
$36 for ticket plus a copy of Daylight (includes shipping from A Cappella Books in Atlanta)

David Baldacci Daylight

Daylight is the latest in Baldacci’s Atlee Pine thriller series, telling the story of the FBI agent’s search for her sister Mercy (abducted at age six, never to be seen again) which clashes with military investigator John Puller’s high-stakes case, leading them both deep into a global conspiracy from which neither of them will escape unscathed. Baldacci’s books are published in over 45 languages and in more than 80 countries, with 150 million copies sold worldwide. His works have been adapted for both feature film and television.

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Presented in partnership with the JCC Literary Consortium.

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