Above: MJCCA will hold the 2020 Book Festival as usual, but in an unusual way.
By Erin Schilling
The Book Festival of the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta (MJCCA), known for bringing bestselling authors into Dunwoody, is going virtual for its 2020 program.
Now in its 29th year, the festival’s lineup for November includes authors John Grisham (Nov. 11), Rachel Bloom (Nov. 21) and Melissa Clark (Nov. 22). Author discussions were to begin in September and continue through Dec. 2. The discussions will be hosted on the Zoom computer platform.
A season pass covering admission to most events cost $144. It does not include books or programs where book purchases are required to see the livestream. Events featuring Michael J. Fox (Nov. 19), Rachel Bloom (Nov. 21), David Baldacci (Nov. 22) and Ina Garten (Dec. 2) are not included in the season pass price. Tickets for those events can be purchased separately.
Tickets are available at atlantajcc.org/bookfestival and range from free to $72. Some of the tickets come with the speakers’ books from A Cappella Books in Decatur. The free event is with local authors Harry Stern and Sandra Berman on Nov. 17.
MJCCA is partnering with the National Jewish Community Centers Literary Consortium so other JCCs in the country can participate in the author events to help centers dealing with by revenue cuts due to the pandemic.
“The obstacles that have been borne of this global pandemic have challenged us to identify new ways of doing business and have brought people together in ways none of us could have imagined six months ago,” MJCCA CEO Jared Powers said in a press release.
Here are authors scheduled to take part in the MJCCA’s 2020 Book Festival during November and December.
Nov. 8 — Natan Sharansky, Gil Troy and Joan Lunden
Nov. 9 — Esther Safran Foer
Nov. 10 — Rachel Beanland, Kristin Harmel, Dale Berra
Nov. 11 — John Grisham, Cameron Douglas
Nov. 12 — Jim McCloskey and Philip Lerman
Nov. 14 — Lawrence Wright
Nov. 15 — Raffi Berg
Nov. 16 — Ariel Sabr
Nov. 17 — Harry Stern and Sandra Berman
Nov. 18 — Michael Ian Black and Cleo Stiller
Nov. 20 — Mimi Lemay
Nov. 21 — Rachel Bloom
Nov. 22 — Melissa Clark
Dec. 2 — Ina Garten