2017 -18 Literary Luncheon Series

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Annual Community Read Luncheon

Georgia Hunter, We Were the Lucky Ones

Wednesday, October 25

12:30 pm


When Georgia Hunter was fifteen years old, she learned she came from a family of Holocaust survivors. We Were the Lucky Ones was born of her quest to uncover her family’s staggering history.

A novel of breathtaking sweep and scope that spans five continents and six years and transports readers from the jazz clubs of Paris to Kraków’s most brutal prison to the ports of Northern Africa and the farthest reaches of the Siberian gulag, We Were the Lucky Ones demonstrates how in the face of the twentieth century’s darkest moment, the human spirit can find a way to survive, and even triumph.

Lauren Belfer, And After the Fire

Wednesday, December 13

11:00 am Book Discussion

12:30 pm Luncheon and Author Presentation with Live Music

$36 | Members: $18 | Patrons: Free

And After the Fire is inspired by historical events about two women, one European and one American, and the mysterious choral masterpiece by Johann Sebastian Bach that changes both their lives. The novel traverses over two hundred years of history, from the eighteenth century through the Holocaust and into today, seamlessly melding past and present, real and imagined.

Lauren Belfer’s novel A Fierce Radiance was named a Washington Post Best Novel; an NPR Best Mystery; and a New York Times Editors’ Choice. Her debut novel, City of Light, was a New York Times bestseller as well as a number one Book Sense pick; a New York Times Notable Book; a Library Journal Best Book; and a Main Selection of the Book-of-the-Month Club.

Sana Krasikov, The Patriots

Wednesday, January 10

11:00 am Book Discussion

12:30 pm Luncheon and Author Presentation

$36 | Members: $18 | Patrons: Free

A sweeping multigenerational novel about idealism, betrayal, and family secrets set in the U.S. and Russia, from one of Granta’s Best of Young American Novelists. The Patriots is a riveting evocation of the Cold War years, told with brilliant insight and extraordinary skill.

Sana Krasikov was born in the Ukraine and grew up in the former Soviet Republic of Georgia and in the United States. Her debut collection was named a finalist for the 2009 PEN/Hemingway Award and The New York Public Library’s Young Lions Fiction Award. It received a National Book Foundation’s “5 under 35” Award and won the 2009 Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature.

Armando Lucas Correa, The German Girl

Wednesday, February 7

11:00 am Book Discussion

12:30 pm Luncheon and Author Presentation

$36 | Members: $18 | Patrons: Free

The German Girl sweeps from Berlin at the brink of the Second World War to Cuba on the cusp of revolution, to New York in the wake of September 11, before reaching its deeply moving conclusion in the tumult of present-day Havana. Based on a true story, this masterful novel gives voice to the joys and sorrows of generations of exiles, forever seeking a place called home.

Armando Lucas Correa is an award-winning journalist, author, and the editor-in-chief for People en Español, the top-selling Hispanic magazine in the United States. Correa is the recipient of various journalistic awards from the National Association of Hispanic Publications and the Society of Professional Journalism. The German Girl is his first novel.

David Lida, One Life

Wednesday, March 7

11:00 am Book Discussion

12:30 pm Luncheon and Author Presentation

$36 | Members: $18 | Patrons: Free

Set in the American south and in rural Mexico, One Life is an unflinching, page-turning novel that examines the difference between pragmatism and cynicism, the indelible links between sex, death and love, and the meaning of justice.

David Lida is a mitigation specialist, conducting investigations for lawyers who defend undocumented Mexicans and other Latin Americans who are in jail in the U.S. facing charges of capital murder and, as such, the death penalty. Using this work as an inspiration, David’s first novel, One Life, follows Richard, its protagonist, along the back roads of Mexico as he tries to save the life of Esperanza, in jail in Louisiana, accused of murdering her 11-month-old baby.

Holocaust Education Week

Monday, January 29

7:30 pm

Free and Open to the Community

Peter Hayes presents Why? Explaining the Holocaust, A Bold New Exploration That Answers The Most Commonly Asked Questions About The Holocaust.

In this clearly written, cogently argued and researched book, eminent historian Peter Hayes challenges the widely held assertion that the Holocaust is unfathomable and inexplicable.

Peter Hayes is professor of history and German and Theodore Zev Weiss Holocaust Educational Foundation Professor of Holocaust Studies Emeritus at Northwestern University and chair of the Academic Committee of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. He is the author or editor of twelve books including the prize-winning Industry and Ideology: IG Farben in the Nazi Era and Lessons and Legacies: The Meaning of the Holocaust in a Changing World.

Presented in partnership with The Holocaust Memorial

Join us for a Pre-Event Showcase at Party for A Purpose Featuring the comedic trio of Dave Barry, Alan Zweibel and Adam Mansbach

Thursday, March 15

7:00 pm (sharp)

The Sacred Space

105 NE 24th Street, Miami

Tickets to Party for a Purpose are $180

There is no additional charge to attend the Pre-Event Showcase; For tickets, contact Michelle Mavorah at mmavorah@mbjcc.org.


Limited VIP table seating will also be available, inclusive of 4 cups of wine and “Seder snacks”

With this hilarious parody Haggadah from the comedic minds of Dave Barry, Alan Zweibel, and Adam Mansbach, the authors will take you through every step of the Seder, from getting rid of all the chametz in your home by setting it on fire with a kosher blowtorch to a retelling of the Passover story starring Pharaoh Schmuck. Paired with witty two-color illustrations and discussion guides that ask the important questions (Can we all agree that prunes in brisket are disgusting? Is Manischewitz even a wine? Or could it, perhaps, be considered a plague?), FOR THIS WE LEFT EGYPT? is a Passover Haggadah for us all.

Dave Barry is a Pulitzer Prize–winning humor writer whose columns and essays have appeared in hundreds of newspapers over the past thirty-five years. He has also written a number of New York Times bestselling humor books, most recently Live Right and Find Happiness (Although Beer Is Much Faster). He is not Jewish, but many of his friends are.

An original Saturday Night Live writer, Alan Zweibel has won numerous Emmy and Writers Guild Awards for his work in television, which also includes It’s Garry Shandling’s Show (which he co-created), Late Show with David Letterman, and Curb Your Enthusiasm. He collaborated with Billy Crystal on the Tony Award–winning play 700 Sundays, and he won the Thurber Prize for his novel The Other Shulman. Unlike Dave Barry, he has no Jewish friends.

Adam Mansbach is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Go the F*** to Sleep and You Have to F****** Eat, as well as the California Book Award–winning novel The End of the Jews, a dozen other books, and the movie Barry. His work, which has been translated into more than forty languages, has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times Book Review, Esquire, and The Believer and on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered and This American Life. Dave Barry and Alan Zweibel are his only friends.

Books Sales & Signings

All books are available for sale at the Miami Beach JCC. Guest authors will sign books at their events.

A 20% donation is made to the MBJCC with every book purchase.

Join our Literary Club

Planning to attend all five Literary Afternoons? We’ve made it easy for you.



  • One ticket to the Community Read Luncheon
  • Two rickets for you and a Guest to each of the four additional Literary Series events
  • Day pass for JCC-U programming on the day of the Literary Series events

Thank you to our program sponsors and community partners:

Literary Series Committee:

Holly Levy, Arts & Culture Co-Chair

Linda Schechter, Arts & Culture Co-Chair

Mytyl Simancas-Bister, Arts & Culture Co-Chair

Rosalie Altmark

Barbara Eisenberg

Lynn Delman

Iris Slomovitz

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