Jewish Book Festival

Preview Event

Thursday, September 29

2:00 pm on Zoom

Registration will begin early September for this free informational preview event.


Authors and Dates

for 2022-2023

will be available in late September


Stay tuned for more information.

Preview Event

This event took place on Oct. 6, 2021. Watch the video for book festival information!

The Jewish Book Festival from

November 9, 2021 to March 17, 2022

offers a wide variety of genres with something for everyone!

We will have In-Person and Zoom-tastic authors!


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Become a Book Festival Patron

If you become a Patron by


you will be acknowledged in the

JANUARY Federation Star.


Many advantages of being a Patron:

PLATINUM PATRON ($500 per person) will receive these benefits:


  • The heartwarming feeling that you are helping to financially support the Jewish Book Festival above and beyond the cost of event tickets.
  • 1 copy of the author book of your choice.
  • Invitations to one virtual and one In-Person Patron gathering with Book Festival authors following their presentations.
  • Patrons will be pre-registered for each event.
  • Patrons will be acknowledged in the Federation Star as well as on the Jewish Book Festival website.
  • Preferred seating at in-person events.



SILVER PATRON ($225 person) will receive these benefits:

  • The heartwarming feeling that you are helping to financially support the Jewish Book Festival above and beyond the cost of event tickets.
  • Invitation to one virtual Patron gathering with Book Festival author following their presentation.
  • Patrons will be pre-registered for each event.
  • Patrons will be acknowledged in the Federation Star as well as on the Jewish Book Festival website.
  • ​​Preferred seating at in-person events.




BRONZE PATRON ($118 per person) will receive these benefits:

  • The heartwarming feeling that you are helping to support the Jewish Book Festival. 
  • Patrons will be pre-registered for each event.
  • Patrons will be acknowledged in the Federation Star as well as on the Jewish Book Festival website.





The Fine Print:

  • You will receive a confirmation email after you register.
  • For Virtual Presentations, the Zoom link will be emailed 2 hours prior to the event and is valid for your entire household.
  • For In-Person events, remember your ticket or Patron level is per person.
  • Virtual tickets are not transferable. Please do not forward the Zoom link or you may risk being locked out of the event.
  • If you are not able to attend an in-person event, you must let Renee’ know at least 48 hours in advance to enable your guest to attend in your place.
  • Event payments are NOT tax deductible. Sorry, we can’t accept checks from DAF, Foundations or any other account that is expected to be tax deductible. 
  • If a start time or author needs to be changed, you will be notified via email.
  • If an author cancels, every attempt will be made to reschedule the author; your original reservation will be valid for the rescheduled event.
  • Books may be purchased at Barnes & Noble, Waterside Shops, Naples, and
    online at and


If you have questions, please email Renee', Program Director here.


Please keep in mind that the Jewish Book Festival does NOT have permission to record the author's speaking events.


The Jewish Book Festival Mission


The Jewish Book Festival enriches and engages our community. We provide education and social experiences showcasing books by Jewish authors and/or with Jewish content.


Tuesday, November 9

2:00 pm ET, on Zoom       


The New Chardonnay: The Unlikely Story of How Marijuana Went Mainstream 

by Heather Cabot

Sponsored by

Men's Cultural Alliance




Jeremy L Darstek, CFP®


Ameriprise Financial*

*Securities and financial planning products and services are provided by Ameriprise Financial and its affiliates, and the Jewish Federation of Greater Naples/Greater Naples Jewish Book Festival is not a broker-dealer.

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From gleaming dispensaries stocked with elegantly wrapped edibles to the array of CBD lotions and oils for sale at your local drugstore to tastemaker Martha Stewart cooking up marijuana munchies on prime-time television, one thing is clear: Pot has fully shed its stoner image.

In this deeply reported journey into the new world of legal cannabis, award-winning reporter Heather Cabot takes readers on the road with Snoop Dogg and his business partner Ted Chung as they roll out the star’s own brand of bud; to California wine country, where chefs and vintners are ushering in a new age of elevated dining; on wild adventures with marijuana mogul Beth Stavola, for whom fending off shady characters is just another day at the office; and to rural Canada to meet the Willy Wonka of Weed.

Heather Cabot is an award-winning journalist, keynote speaker, and contributor to ForbesWomen. She has taught part-time at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and serves on the J-school alumni board. Heather is a former ABC News correspondent and co-anchor of ABC's World News Now/World News This Morning. In 2007, she jumped from daily news to the tech beat in her role as Web Life Editor for Yahoo!. During her tenure through 2012, she reported on how the Internet was transforming our everyday lives for Today, GMA, CNN, MSNBC, Fox News Channel and dozens of local TV and radio stations around the country. Heather and her family reside in the New York City area.

Wednesday, Nov. 17

7:00 pm ET, on Zoom


Can Robots be Jewish? And Other Pressing Questions of Modern Life

by Amy Schwartz

Sponsored by

Skin Wellness Physicians


Vi at Bentley Village


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Should we edit our children’s genes? Are there things that can’t be forgiven? Are Jews still expecting a messiah? Is Judaism good for women? Should Jews strive to be happy? What does Judaism say about love? Are we commanded to vote? Is democracy a Jewish idea? Does Jewish law forbid racism? Is silence consent? What sins should we atone for in our use of social media? When does life begin? Do Jews believe in an afterlife? Can robots be Jewish?

In this book, rabbis spanning the range of modern Jewish thought, from Humanist and Reform to Orthodox and beyond, consider these difficult and provocative questions of our time and many others. Sometimes they agree―but not often.

Amy E. Schwartz is Moment Magazine's opinion and book editor, as well as editor of the magazine's popular "Ask the Rabbis" section. Schwartz was a longtime editorial writer and op-ed columnist at The Washington Post, covering education, science and culture. She has also worked at Harper's, The New Republic and The Wilson Quarterly. She is president of the non-denominational Jewish Study Center in Washington, DC and speaks and runs workshops on topics of Jewish commentary, psalms and literature nationwide.

Monday, Nov. 22 

2:00 pm ET, on Zoom


The Yellow Bird Sings

by Jennifer Rosner

Sponsored by

Casual Connection


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In Poland, as World War II rages, a mother hides with her young daughter, a musical prodigy whose slightest sound may cost them their lives.

As Nazi soldiers round up the Jews in their town, Róza and her 5-year-old daughter, Shira, flee, seeking shelter in a neighbor’s barn. Hidden in the hayloft day and night, Shira struggles to stay still and quiet, as music pulses through her and the farmyard outside beckons. To soothe her daughter and pass the time, Róza tells her a story about a girl in an enchanted garden:

The girl is forbidden from making a sound, so the yellow bird sings. He sings whatever the girl composes in her head: high-pitched trills of piccolo; low-throated growls of contrabassoon. Music helps the flowers bloom.

Jennifer Rosner is author of THE YELLOW BIRD SINGS, called "exquisite, absolutely beautiful and necessary novel" by The New York Times Book Review and a Finalist for the 2020 National Jewish Book Award. Her previously published books include the memoir, IF A TREE FALLS: A Family's Quest to Hear and Be Heard, and the picture book, THE MITTEN STRING, a Sydney Taylor Book Award Notable. In addition to writing, Jennifer teaches philosophy. She received her BA from Columbia University and her Ph.D. from Stanford University, and lives in western MA with her family.

Thursday, Dec. 2

2:00 pm ET, on Zoom


The Light of Days 

by Judy Batalion

Sponsored by

Women's Cultural Alliance


Collier/Lee Hadassah


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Witnesses to the brutal murder of their families and neighbors and the violent destruction of their communities, a cadre of Jewish women in Poland—some still in their teens—helped transform the Jewish youth groups into resistance cells to fight the Nazis. With courage, guile, and nerves of steel, these “ghetto girls” paid off Gestapo guards, hid revolvers in loaves of bread and jars of marmalade, and helped build systems of underground bunkers. They flirted with German soldiers, bribed them with wine, whiskey, and home cooking, used their Aryan looks to seduce them, and shot and killed them. They bombed German train lines and blew up a town’s water supply. They also nursed the sick, taught children, and hid families.

Yet the exploits of these courageous resistance fighters have remained virtually unknown.

Judy Batalion was born and raised in Montreal, where she grew up speaking English, French, Yiddish and Hebrew, and trying to stay warm. She studied the history of science at Harvard then moved to London to pursue a PhD in art history. All the while, she worked as a curator, researcher, editor, lecturer, comic, MC, script-reader, dramaturge, performer, actor, producer, translator, mmmuffins server, and a temp – at a temp agency. Eventually, Judy transformed these experiences into material, and wrote essays and articles for the New York Times, the Washington PostVogue, the ForwardSalon, the Jerusalem Post and many other publications.

Friday, Dec. 10

10:00 am ET, on Zoom


Send For Me 

by Lauren Fox 

Exclusively Sponsored by

Women's Cultural Alliance


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Annelise is a dreamer: imagining her future while working at her parents' popular bakery in Feldenheim, Germany, anticipating all the delicious possibilities yet to come. There are rumors that anti-Jewish sentiment is on the rise, but Annelise and her parents can't quite believe that it will affect them; they're hardly religious at all. But as Annelise falls in love, marries, and gives birth to her daughter, the dangers grow closer: a brick thrown through her window; a childhood friend who cuts ties with her; customers refusing to patronize the bakery. Luckily Annelise and her husband are given the chance to leave for America, but they must go without her parents, whose future and safety are uncertain.

Lauren Fox is the author of the novels Still Life with Husband, Friends Like Us, Days of Awe, and Send for Me. Her work has appeared in numerous publications including The New York Times, Marie Claire, Parenting, Psychology Today, The Rumpus, and Salon. She lives in Milwaukee with her family.

Friday, Dec. 17

2:00 pm ET, at Beth Tikvah and on Zoom


You're Leaving When? Adventures in Downward Mobility

by Annabelle Gurwitch 

Sponsored by

Beth Tikvah

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With signature "sharp wit" (NPR), Annabelle Gurwitch gives irreverent and empathetic voice to a generation hurtling into their next chapter with no safety net and proves that our no-frills new normal doesn't mean a deficit of humor.

In these essays, Gurwitch embraces homesharing, welcoming a housing-insecure young couple and a bunny rabbit into her home. The mother of a college student in recovery who sheds the gender binary, she relearns to parent, one pronoun at a time. She wades into the dating pool in a Miss Havisham-inspired line of lingerie and flunks the magic of tidying up.

ANNABELLE GURWITCH is an actress, activist and author of five books including the New York Times bestseller I See You Made an Effort (also a Thurber Prize finalist); You Say Tomato, I Say Shut Up (with Jeff Kahn); and Fired! (which was also a Showtime Comedy Special). Her essays and satire regularly appear in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Magazine, The New Yorker, and Hadassah. Her essay which appears in You're Leaving When? with the title "If You Lived With Me You'd Be Home by Now" about opening her home to young people experiencing homelessness appeared in short form in the Los Angeles Times and was recognized with a 2020 Excellence in Journalism award from the Los Angeles Press Club.


Friday, July 22

at Noon on Zoom



How Magicians Think 

by Joshua Jay

Sponsored by

Men's Cultural Alliance


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And now Joshua Jay, one of the world’s most accomplished magicians, not only opens that door but brings us inside to reveal the artistry and obsessiveness, esoteric history, and long-whispered-about traditions of a subject shrouded in mystery.
And he goes one step further: Joshua Jay brings us right into the mind of a magician—how they develop their other worldly skills, conjure up illusions, and leave the rest of us slack jawed with delight time after time. Along the way, Jay reveals another kind of secret, one all readers will find meaningful even if they never aspire to perform sleight of hand: What does it take to follow your heart and achieve excellence?

Joshua Jay is an acclaimed performer, author, and lecturer on the art of magic. He is a former world champion, a Guinness World Record Holder, and was named "Magician of the Year" in 2012 by the Society of American Magicians. Jay has made noteworthy appearances on The Tonight Show and the Late Late Show, and consulted with the US Post Office for the stamp series "Magic." He has performed and lectured on magic all over the world, and appears regularly on television and stages across the globe. Jay has authored four books on magic, and his most recent book, for children, is called The Dream Machine.

Wednesday, Jan. 12

7:00 pm ET, on Zoom


The Nazi's Granddaughter 

by Silvia Foti

Sponsored by

Women's Cultural Alliance


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Silvia Foti was raised on reverent stories about her hero grandfather, a martyr for Lithuanian independence and an unblemished patriot. Jonas Noreika, remembered as “General Storm,” had resisted his country’s German and Soviet occupiers in World War II, surviving two years in a Nazi concentration camp only to be executed in 1947 by the KGB. His granddaughter, growing up in Chicago, was treated like royalty in her tightly knit Lithuanian community.

But in 2000, when Silvia traveled to Lithuania for a ceremony honoring her grandfather, she heard a very different story—a “rumor” that her grandfather had been a “Jew-killer.”

Silvia Foti is an American journalist, writer, and teacher. Foti has written for a number of publications, published two mystery books, and has published research on the deeds of her grandfather, Jonas Noreika, who was an alleged perpetrator in the Holocaust in Lithuania.

Wednesday, Jan. 19

Noon ET, on Zoom


All the World's a Stage Fright 

by Bob Abelman

Sponsored by




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When a local critic takes an acting role with a top-tier theater company in order to write about the experience, he gets more of a story than he bargained for.“An irrational, overriding, mind-numbing fear.” That’s how Asher Kaufman describes his relationship with Shakespeare—not what you might expect from a veteran theater critic. So when Asher learns he’ll be trying out for As You Like It, he realizes this assignment will be a very bumpy ride.What starts out as a stunt to increase readership for the Cleveland Jewish Chronicle becomes one man’s personal battle with the Bard and ends up a laugh-out-loud tale full of twists and turns, endearing characters, and behind-the-curtain action.

Bob Abel­man, Ph.D., is a syn­di­cat­ed the­ater crit­ic and enter­tain­ment fea­ture writer for the Cleve­land Jew­ish News. He is also a pro­fes­sion­al actor who, as a younger man, appeared on Broad­way and so far off-Broad­way, it was Connecticut.

Tuesday, Jan. 25

7:00 pm ET, on Zoom

(Two-Author Event)  


The Sword of David 

by Charles Lichtman




Universal Love

by Alexander Weinstein

Sponsored by

Alison Craig Home Furnishings


Jewish National Fund


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Chaim Klein—a fearless Israeli Special Forces officer—has his hands full. After Klein unexpectedly finds the long-lost Ark of the Covenant, he must then search the globe for the Ten Commandments tablets. Klein must also confront and stop a consortium of Islamic states and terrorist organizations who are planning a simultaneous attack that would obliterate dozens of Western cities and Israel. Along the way, he comes across the mystical and awe-inspiring Sword of David. 



Universal Love welcomes readers to a near-future world where our everyday technologies have fundamentally altered the possibilities and limits of how we love one another. In these gripping stories, a young boy tries to understand what keeps his father tethered to the drowned city they call home. A daughter gets to know her dead mother's hologram better than she ever knew her living mother. And, at a time when unpleasant memories can be erased, a man undergoes electronic surgery to have his depression, and his past, forever removed.

Charles (Chuck) Lichtman is an expert in Middle East affairs and issues regarding terrorism. He lives in South Florida where he is working on his next novel. He has twice been recognized as “Lawyer of the Year,” founded a national voter protection program, and is an avid photographer and pianist. 




Alexander Weinstein is the author of the short story collections, Universal Love and Children of the New World, which was named a notable book of the year by The New York Times, NPR and Electric Literature. He is a recipient of a Sustainable Arts Foundation Award, and his stories and interviews have appeared in Rolling Stone, World Literature Today, Best American Science Fiction & Fantasy, and Best American Experimental Writing. He is the director of the Martha's Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing and a Professor of Creative Writing at Siena Heights University.

Wednesday, Feb. 2

 7:00 pm ET, on Zoom

People of The Book


Unstoppable: Siggi Wilzig's Astonishing Journey from Auschwitz Survivor & Penniless Immigrant to Wall Street Legend 

by Joshua Greene

Sponsored by

Ginsberg Eye


Temple Shalom


Temple Shalom Men's Club


People of The Book Patrons


Wollman, Gehrke & Associates, P.A.

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Unstoppable is the ultimate immigrant story and an epic David-and-Goliath adventure. While American teens were socializing in ice cream parlors, Siggi was suffering beatings by Nazi hoodlums for being a Jew and was soon deported along with his family to the darkest place the world has ever known: Auschwitz. Siggi used his wits to stay alive, pretending to have trade skills the Nazis could exploit to run the camp. After two death marches and near starvation, he was liberated from camp Mauthausen and went to work for the US Army hunting Nazis, a service that earned him a visa to America. On arrival, he made three vows: to never go hungry again, to support the Jewish people, and to speak out against injustice. He earned his first dollar shoveling snow after a fierce blizzard. His next job was laboring in toxic sweatshops. From these humble beginnings, he became President, Chairman and CEO of a New York Stock Exchange-listed oil company and grew a full-service commercial bank to more than $4 billion in assets.

JOSHUA M. GREENE (Justice at Dachau: The Trials of an American Prosecutor) is a renowned Holocaust scholar and filmmaker whose biographies have sold more than a half-million copies worldwide. Greene is a popular lecturer who has spoken at the Pentagon and before the Judge Advocate General's College, and his documentaries on Holocaust history have aired on PBS and Discovery. He has appeared on national media outlets from NPR's Fresh Air with Terry Gross to FOX News, CNN, and more. Greene earned his degrees at Hofstra University, where he taught Hinduism and Holocaust history.

Thursday, Feb. 10

1:00 pm ET, on Zoom


X Troop 

by Leah Garrett

Sponsored by

Holocaust Museum & Education Center


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June 1942. The shadow of the Third Reich has fallen across the European continent. In desperation, Winston Churchill and his chief of staff form an unusual plan: a new commando unit made up of Jewish refugees who have escaped to Britain. The resulting volunteers are a motley group of intellectuals, artists, and athletes, most from Germany and Austria. Many have been interned as enemy aliens, and have lost their families, their homes—their whole worlds. They will stop at nothing to defeat the Nazis. Trained in counterintelligence and advanced combat, this top secret unit becomes known as X Troop. Some simply call them a suicide squad.

I am a professor at Hunter College in New York City and the director of the Jewish Studies Department there. My research focuses on modern Jewish history and culture. I am currently working on a new book X Troop: The Secret Jewish Commandos of World War Two to be published in the US with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and in the UK with Chatto (Penguin).
I am the author of 4 books.

Wednesday, Feb. 16

2:00 pm ET, on Zoom


The Last Mona Lisa 

by Jonathan Santlofer


Sponsored by

Naples Jewish Congregation


Wollman, Gehrke & Associates, P.A.


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August, 1911: The Mona Lisa is stolen by Vincent Peruggia. Exactly what happens in the two years before its recovery is a mystery. Many replicas of the Mona Lisa exist, and more than one historian has wondered if the painting now returned to the Louvre is a fake, switched in 1911.

Present day: Art professor Luke Perrone digs for the truth behind his most famous ancestor: Peruggia. His search attracts an Interpol detective with something to prove and an unfamiliar but curiously helpful woman. Soon, Luke tumbles deep into the world of art and forgery, a land of obsession and danger.

Jonathan Santlofer is the author of 5 novels, The Death Artist, Color Blind, The Killing Art, The Murder Notebook, and Anatomy of Fear, which won the Nero Wolfe Award for best crime novel of 2009. His first novel, The Death Artist, was an international bestseller and translated into 22 languages. He is co-editor, contributor and illustrator of the short story anthology, The Dark End of the Street, and editor/contributor of LA NOIRE: The Collected Stories. 



The Unexpected Spy 

by Tracy Walder

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The Unexpected Spy is the riveting story of Walder's tenure in the CIA and, later, the FBI. In high-security, steel-walled rooms in Virginia, Walder watched al-Qaeda members with drones as President Bush looked over her shoulder and CIA Director George Tenet brought her donuts. She tracked chemical terrorists and searched the world for Weapons of Mass Destruction. She created a chemical terror chart that someone in the White House altered to convey information she did not have or believe, leading to the Iraq invasion. Driven to stop terrorism, Walder debriefed terrorists—men who swore they’d never speak to a woman—until they gave her leads. She followed trails through North Africa, Europe, and the Middle East, shutting down multiple chemical attacks.

Tracy worked as a Staff Operations Officer in the Central Intelligence Agency's Counterterrorism Center before, during and after September 11th 2001, and as Special Agent at the FBI. During her time at the CIA, Tracy lived in and travelled to countries in the Middle East, Africa, and Europe. She was detailed to the CTC’s Weapons of Mass Destruction group as well as to a still-classified program.  Tracy received many awards for her service from both the CIA and from foreign intelligence offices, to include the counterterrorism medal and multiple exceptional performance awards.  After the CIA, Tracy became a Special Agent at the FBI's Los Angeles Field Office, Santa Ana Resident Agent, specializing in Chinese counterintelligence operations, specifically the Tai and Chi Mak case, profiled on CNN and in the New Yorker. 

Friday, Feb. 25

Noon ET, on Zoom


The Orphan's Daughter 

by Jan Cherubin 

Sponsored by

Temple Shalom Sisterhood


Elli Taylor, John R. Wood Properties


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The Orphan’s Daughter is a novel about a girl who grows up in the shadow of her charismatic but troubled father, a man shaped by his boyhood in a Depression-era Jewish orphanage. The two life stories are woven together to form the fabric of this funny and suspenseful work of literary fiction.

Clyde Aronson survives the cruelties of the seemingly bucolic orphanage but is left scarred. Brilliant and self-destructive, a popular high-school teacher and a callous womanizer, he yearns for a son to replace the relationship lost when his father abandoned him. Instead, he fathers two daughters. He resents most the one who most resembles him: the younger, Joanna.

Jan Cherubin grew up in Baltimore and received a B.A. in English literature from Bennington College in Vermont. The Orphan's Daughter is her debut novel. She was once a fact checker at New York magazine, a staff writer at the New York Daily News and an editor at Seventeen Magazine. After moving to Los Angeles, she became a style writer for the Los Angeles Herald Examiner, and later, a playwright and standup comic. She has had plays in Ensemble Studio Theater L.A.'s Winterfest, and has performed standup at the Hollywood Improv and The Ice House. 

Monday, March 7

2:00 pm ET, on Zoom


The Last Green Valley

by Mark Sullivan

Sponsored by

TOP Jewish Foundation

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In late March 1944, as Stalin’s forces push into Ukraine, young Emil and Adeline Martel must make a terrible decision: Do they wait for the Soviet bear’s intrusion and risk being sent to Siberia? Or do they reluctantly follow the wolves—murderous Nazi officers who have pledged to protect “pure-blood” Germans?

The Martels are one of many families of German heritage whose ancestors have farmed in Ukraine for more than a century. But after already living under Stalin’s horrifying regime, Emil and Adeline decide they must run in retreat from their land with the wolves they despise to escape the Soviets and go in search of freedom.

Mark Sullivan is the acclaimed author of eighteen novels, including the #1 Kindle bestselling Beneath a Scarlet Sky, and the #1 New York Times bestselling Private series, which he writes with James Patterson. Mark has received numerous awards for his writing, including the WHSmith Fresh Talent Award, and his works have been named a New York Times Notable Book and a Los Angeles Times Book of the Year. He grew up in Medfield, Massachusetts, and graduated from Hamilton College with a BA in English before working as a volunteer in the Peace Corps in Niger, West Africa. Upon his return to the United States, he earned a graduate degree from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and began a career in investigative journalism. An avid skier and adventurer, he lives with his wife in Bozeman, Montana, where he remains grateful for the miracle of every moment.

Thursday, March 17

2:00 pm ET, on Zoom


A Wonderful Guy 

by Eddie Shapiro

Sponsored by

Jewish Congregation of Marco Island


Wollman, Gehrke & Associates, P.A.

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In A Wonderful Guy, a follow up to Nothing Like a Dame: Conversations with the Great Women of Musical Theater, theatre journalist Eddie Shapiro sits down for intimate, career-encompassing conversations with nineteen of Broadway's most prolific and fascinating leading men. Full of detailed stories
and reflections, his conversations with such luminaries as Joel Grey, Ben Vereen, Norm Lewis, Gavin Creel, Cheyenne Jackson, Jonathan Groff and a host of others dig deep into each actor's career; together, these chapters tell the story of what it means to be a leading man on Broadway over the past
fifty years.

Eddie Shapiro grew up singing music from every cast album he could get his hands on. He is the author of Nothing Like a Dame: Conversations with the Great Women of Musical Theater, Queens on the Kingdom.

Previous Jewish Book Festival Events

All authors appearing at the Greater Naples Jewish Book Festival are members of the Jewish Book Council Network.

2020-2021 Jewish Book Festival Brochure

  • Lori Gottlieb

  • Andrew Blauner

  • Elayne Klasson

  • Nessa Rapoport

  • Lew Paper

  • Rabbi Corinne Copnick

  • Debbie Cenziper

  • Susan Jane Gilman

  • Alexandra Silber

  • Janice Kaplan

  • Jill Wine-Banks

  • Meg Waite Clayton

  • Raffi Berg

  • Alan Zweibel

  • Steven Zipperstein

  • Howard Blum

  • Jonathan Kaufman

  • Neal Bascomb

  • Ariana Neumann

  • Bess Kalb

  • Pamela Nadell

Enjoy these comments from authors who participated in the 2019-2020 Jewish Book Festival 


I was honored to return to the Naples Jewish Book Festival for a second time. This event is unparalleled for its event management, publicity, attendance and hospitality. In just a few short years, this festival has grown exponentially in quality and size to become the gold standard among Jewish Book Festivals, a model for other communities and a treasured institution among Southwest Florida's cultural and literary offerings.

~ Pam Jenoff, The Lost Girls of Paris


 From each and every small detail to the incredible decorations to the huge crowd, full of enthusiasm and great stories and questions, I could not have asked for a better way to end the year and my first book tour. Everything I heard about the Greater Naples Jewish Book Festival was true and I am so grateful for all the effort that each of you put into this.

~ Adam Chandler, Drive-Thru Dreams


Thank you, your terrific staff, my hospitable champion Ida Margolis and all the wonderful people of Naples for making last night such a memorable one for Dave, Adam and myself. We had as good a time as your audience appeared to have had. We look forward to coming back again.

~ Alan Zweibel, A Field Guide To The Jewish People


Thank you all so much for creating such a fun and memorable stay! My time in Naples was definitely one of the great highlights of my tour, in every way.  The Naples community is a very special one, and I was delighted to get to know you all.

~Elizabeth Weitzman, Renegade Women in Film & TV



Naples is the absolutely warmest community. I was so honored to kick off their spectacular book festival.  I would go back to Naples in an instant!

~Elyssa Friedland, The Floating Feldmans


Why else do we tell stories if it’s not to have the chance to connect them with the sort of passionate and engaged audience I found in Naples. Thank you to the Greater Naples Jewish Book Festival team.

~Jack Fairweather, The Volunteer


I can’t thank you enough for giving me this opportunity. Naples was the highlight of my book tour. 

~Josh Frank, Giraffes on Horseback Salad


It Happened in Naples, by Stephen M. Silverman                                          Dec. 26, 2019

Somehow it seems perfect that my appearance at the Greater Naples Jewish Book Festival took place so close to Hanukkah, because the experience was a joyful and enlightening holiday.

First of all, there was the highly engaged audience, which not only asked thoughtful questions (and listened to the answers!), but also contributed their own colorful anecdotes to the narrative at hand – the 900-year history of amusement parks. One audience member even came dressed in a fortune teller's costume.  Carole Greene was my champion. A graceful and gifted writer in her own right,

Talk about a Hanukkah miracle.

~Stephen M. Silverman, The Amusement Park

Thank you to the 2019-20 Greater Naples Jewish Book Festival authors, sponsors, patrons, ticket buyers, committee members, Federation staff, volunteers and venues for making the festival a huge success!

Thank you to our
Jewish Book Festival Sponsors!

Links to our 2019-2020 Sponsors' websites: