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Best-selling author Mitch Albom headlines 9th Annual Greater Naples Jewish Book Festival

Best-selling author Mitch Albom, whose classic “Tuesdays with Morrie” ranks as the most successful memoir ever published, is coming to Naples this winter to headline the annual Greater Naples Jewish Book Festival.

Albom will kick off the book festival’s ninth season on Sunday, Dec. 3, at 7 p.m. at the Nina Iser Jewish Cultural Center in Naples, 4720 Pine Ridge Rd. The $40 admission fee includes a copy of Albom’s latest book, “The Little Liar,” to be released in November.

The festival is designed to highlight books about Jewish subjects or written by Jewish authors and is held locally in cooperation with the Jewish Book Council, the longest-running organization devoted exclusively to the support and celebration of Jewish literature.

Albom, an internationally renowned author, journalist, screenwriter, playwright, radio and television broadcaster and musician, began his newspaper career in Fort Lauderdale before moving to Detroit, which remains his home. His books have collectively sold more than 40 million copies worldwide and been published in 49 territories and in 48 languages.

“The Little Liar,” Albom’s new novel, moves from a small village in Greece during the Holocaust to America, following the intertwined lives of three survivors “forever changed by the perils of deception and the grace of redemption.”

“We couldn’t be more pleased to host an author of Mitch Albom’s caliber to start the 2023-24 series,” said Robin Mintz, book festival chair for the Jewish Federation of Greater Naples, the local event’s sponsor. “After several years of virtual programming necessitated by the pandemic, Neapolitans can look forward to sampling a wide array of offerings – from historical fiction to a variety of nonfiction – from a cadre of talented writers ready to captivate our audiences in person.”

There is one exception: British journalist Jonathan Freedland, whose “The Escape Artist: The Man Who Broke Out of Auschwitz to Warn the World” won the 2023 National Jewish Book Award, will appear live from London virtually, although the Naples component will remain in-person.

Details for that event and the remaining festival authors, can be found below.

  • “The Little Liar,” by Mitch Albom, Sunday, Dec. 3, 7 p.m., $40 (includes book)
  • “Kantika,” by Elizabeth Graver, Thursday, Dec. 14, 1 p.m., $25
  • “Madam: The Biography of Polly Adler, Icon of the Jazz Age,” by Deborah Applegate, Tuesday, Jan. 23, 3:30 p.m., $25
  • “Because the World is Round,” by Jane Saginaw, Thursday, Feb. 1, 1 p.m., $25
  • “The Einstein Effect: How the World’s Favorite Genius Got into Our Cars, Our Bathrooms, and Our Minds,” by Benyamin Cohen, Monday, Feb. 12, 1:30 p.m., $25
  • “The Golden Doves,” by Martha Hall Kelly, Friday, March 1, 10:30 a.m., $25
  • “The Escape Artist: The Man Who Broke Out of Auschwitz to Warn the World,” by Jonathan Freedland, Thursday, March 7, 3:30 p.m., $25 (live from London)
  • “The Jewish Deli: An Illustrated Guide to the Chosen Food,” by Ben Nadler, Tuesday, March 26, 1 p.m., $25
  • “The Lioness of Boston” by Emily Franklin, Wed., April 3, 10:30 a.m., $25

Festival patron opportunities are available for $136, $250 and $500 per person and include benefits such as pre-registration admission for each event and preferred seating at the $250 and $500 levels, in addition to single ticket sales

Books can be purchased at each event and also at Barnes & Noble or Amazon. To register for events, visit JewishBookFestival.org. The opening night event sponsor is Ginsberg Eye Ophthalmology.

About Jewish Federation of Greater Naples

The Jewish Federation of Greater Naples is the thread that runs through the fabric of the Jewish Community, its organizations and services, connecting the Jewish community. The Federation supports programs for Jewish people and the entire community in need in the greater Naples area, Israel and throughout the world, providing food for the hungry and counseling for the troubled, spearheading rescue and relief efforts for isolated Jews in distressed regions, and funding innovative Jewish educational and unity initiatives. The Federation creates a sense of community for thousands of Jewish residents in Greater Naples and its surrounding areas by creating and supporting programs to further Jewish learning, identity, pride and culture. Federation meets the challenge of providing for the needs of our Jewish brethren, wherever they may be, from young children and families to seniors. For information, visit jewishnaples.org, call 239-263-4205 or email info@jewishnaples.org.

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