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Marcus Jewish center hosts annual book festival
by Sarah Anne Voyles
svoyles@neighbornewspapers.com
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From left, Marcy Bass and Wendy Bearman, Co-Chairs of the 22nd Edition of the Book Festival, look through some books by featured authors in front of the Marcus Jewish Community Center last week.
Staff / Katherine Frye / From left, Marcy Bass and Wendy Bearman, Co-Chairs of the 22nd Edition of the Book Festival, look through some books by featured authors in front of the Marcus Jewish Community Center last week.
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The Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta is making strides to promote local and national authors in its 22nd annual book festival.

The Nov. 2 to 17 event started out on a smaller scale and this year co-chairs Marcy Bass and Wendy Bearman said they expect to have more than 10,000 attendees.

“It started with a small group of volunteers with a few events,” Bearman said.

“It has grown to two and a half weeks with 40-plus authors coming. It has really evolved over the years.”

The event starts with a prologue Oct. 24, where Brad Meltzer from the History Channel will present his book “History Decoded: The 10 Greatest Conspiracies of All Time.”

The festival will also feature the author of “The Astronaut Wives Club: a True Story” Lily Koppel, Clark Howard and several local authors from Dunwoody.

Throughout the festival, guests will experience events both on and off the center’s campus. Bass said they have the off site events to become more involved with the community.

“We always try to do some off campus to get out into the community,” Bearman said. “We have a great draw in Dunwoody and want to provide an opportunity for those who might not drive all the way out here and capture someone who might not come otherwise.”

The Temple in Buckhead is partnering with the center for a conversation between Matthew Levitt and Kenneth Stein. Levitt is the author of “Hezbollah: the Global Footprint of Lebanon’s Party of God.” Stein is a professor at Emory University who served as the first director of the Carter Center and established the Middle East Research Program and Institute for the Study of Modern Israel.

Another off-campus event is a comedy show at the Punchline in Sandy Springs featuring authors Fred Stoller and Marion Grodin.

A CLOSER LOOK:
When: Nov. 2 to 17, with a prologue Oct. 24 at 6:45 p.m.
Where: The Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta, 5342 Tilly Mill Road, Dunwoody
Information: www.altantajcc.org/bookfestival

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