2010 Twin Cities Jewish Book Fair, a month-long event featuring seasoned writers

The 2010 Twin Cities Jewish Book Fair isn't just a day or weekend-long affair. There are so many authors highlighted in this event, presented by the St. Paul JCC, that the book fair actually began in October and runs through mid-November.

Authors who are highlighted in this event include Gregory Levey, Lucy Rose Fischer, Yale Strom, Gal Beckerman, and New York Times best-selling author Daniel Levin. Their subject matter ranges from humorous memoir to historical biography, but all involve the importance of knowing and preserving Jewish culture and sharing it with anyone who is interested in learning more.

There are still plenty of opportunities to hear exciting Jewish authors throughout this month.

[jump] Thursday November 4, 7 p.m.

Author Gregory Levey will read from his book, How to Make Peace in the Middle East in Six Months or Less Without Leaving Your Apartment. In this work, Levey shares his experiences working as a speechwriter for the Israeli government when he was just 25 years old, and how he advanced from there.

Sunday November 7, 7 p.m.

According to the Jewish Book Fair brochure, author Yale Strom "is a charismatic storyteller who never goes anywhere without his violin!" Fitting for a musician/author who researches and writes about other musicians. In Strom's book, Dave Tarras: The King of Klezmer, we find out just how influential this clarinetist's career was. Not only does Strom share stories of how Tarras influenced some of the most well-known bebop artists of the 20th century, he also includes 28 of Tarras' original Klezmer songs.

Tuesday November 9, 7 p.m.

With a PhD in sociology, author Lucy Rose Fisher has devoted years to researching aging. She brings her background to her book I'm New at Being Old, which focuses on experiences of women. Her approach to the subject matter is lighthearted--I'm New is a picture book.

Thursday November 11, 7 p.m.

In When They Come For Us We'll Be Gone: The Epic Struggle to Save Soviet Jewry, author Gal Beckerman chronicles the hardships of Jews trapped living in the Soviet Union after World War II. Not only were they reviled by the repressive Stalinist state, but they were forbidden to leave the country in search of a more tolerant climate.

Saturday November 13, 7 p.m.

Daniel Levin's book, The Last Ember, is a New York Times bestseller. The suspense thriller weaves archaeology, politics, and terrorism into a current, relevant tale reinforced by research.

Talks are to be held at the St. Paul JCC (1375 St. Paul Ave., St. Paul; 651.698.0751). All events are open to the public, but a photo I.D. is required to enter. People of the Book Series Passes, good for admission to all events (except where noted), are available for $45 to JCC members or $65 to the community. Tickets can be purchased at the St. Paul JCC or online. For more information call or visit JCC of St. Paul.