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Pozez Picks - Virtual Author Series

KEN FOLLETT, The Evening and the Morning (The Prequel to The Pillars of the Earth
In Conversation with Erica Jong, New York Times Bestselling Author
Wednesday, September 16, 1pm EST
Presented by the Pozez JCC of Northern Virginia in partnership with the Marcus JCC of Atlanta and the National JCC Literary Consortium.

Thirty years ago, Ken Follett, the #1 New York Times bestselling author published his most popular novel, The Pillars of the Earth. Now, Follett's masterful new prequel, The Evening and the Morning, takes us on an epic journey into a historical past rich with ambition and rivalry, death and birth, love and hate, that will end where The Pillars of the Earth begins.

About the Author
Ken Follett is one of the world's best-loved authors, selling more than 170 million copies of his thirty-one books. In 1989, The Pillars of the Earth was published and has since become Follett's most popular novel. It reached number one on bestseller lists around the world and was an Oprah's Book Club pick. Follett lives in Hertfordshire, England, with his wife, Barbara. Between them they have five children, six grandchildren, and two Labradors.

 

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Jodi Picoult, The Book of Two Ways: A Novel
In Conversation with Judy Blume, New York Times Bestselling Author and Owner,  Books & Books, Key West
Wednesday, September 23, 8pm EST
Presented by the Pozez JCC of Northern Virginia in partnership with the Marcus JCC of Atlanta and the National JCC Literary Consortium.

ZOOM Webinar Author Talk + Q & A
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Small Great Things and A Spark of Light comes a riveting novel about the choices that alter the course of our lives.
 

About the Author
Jodi Picoult is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of 24 novels, including A Spark of Light, Small Great Things, and My Sister’s Keeper. She is also the author, with daughter Samantha van Leer, of two young adult novels, Between the Lines and Off the Page. Picoult lives in New Hampshire.

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Brad Meltzer and Christopher Eliopoulos (illustrator), I Am Anne Frank & I Am Benjamin Franklin (Ordinary People Change the World Series)
In Conversation with Holly Firfer, CNN Journalist
Tuesday, October 13, 6:30pm EST
For children ages 58
Presented by the Pozez JCC of Northern Virginia in partnership with the Marcus JCC of Atlanta and the National JCC Literary Consortium.

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In a time when heroes are in high demand, Book Festival fan favorite Brad Meltzer returns with his talented illustrator, Christopher Eliopoulos, to present two new books in his “Ordinary People Change the World Series: I Am Anne Frank & I Am Benjamin Franklin. These books are the 21st and 22nd books in Brad’s and Christopher’s series of biographies for kids that focuses on the traits that made these ordinary heroes great--the traits that kids can aspire to in order to live heroically themselves. 

About the Author
Brad Meltzer is the New York Times bestselling author of Heroes for My Son, Heroes for My Daughter, and a number of suspense novels like The Escape Artist. He is also the host of the History Channel television shows Brad Meltzer's Decoded and Brad Meltzer's Lost History (in which he helped find the missing 9/11 flag). He lives in Florida with his wife and their three children.

Christopher Eliopoulos began his illustration career at Marvel Comics, and has worked on thousands of comics, including Cosmic Commandos, Monster Mayhem, Franklin Richards: Son of a Genius, Pet Avengers, and Cow Boy, all of which he wrote and illustrated. He lives in New Jersey with his wife and their identical twin sons (when the boys are home from college).

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Steve Madden, The Cobbler: How I Disrupted an Industry, Fell from Grace, and Came Back Stronger Than Ever
In conversation with Holly Firfer, CNN Journalist  
Thursday, October 15, 8pm EST
Presented by the Pozez JCC of Northern Virginia in partnership with the Marcus JCC of Atlanta and the National JCC Literary Consortium.

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Everyone knows Steve Madden’s name and his shoes, but few are familiar with his story. Over the past thirty years Steve Madden has taken his eponymous shoe company from the fledgling start-up he founded with a mere $1,100 to a global, multi-billion-dollar brand. But Madden’s mistakes, from his battle with addiction to the financial shortcuts that landed him in prison, are as important to his story as his most iconic shoes. In this raw, intimate, and ultimately inspiring book, Madden holds nothing back as he shares what it took to get here and the lessons he’s learned along the way. 

 

About the Author
Steven Madden is an entrepreneur, an award-winning designer, and a business titan whose eponymous company is currently worth 3 billion dollars. On the flip side, he is an ex-con, a recovering addict, and a devoted family man. Considered the fashion footwear mogul of the 21st century, Madden has an innate sense of what’s hot, what’s next, what’s exciting, and more importantly, how this will translate to the customer. He is also an active philanthropist and mentor who supports a number of organizations that help those in need of a second chance.

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  Nancy Grace, Don’t be a Victim: Fighting Back against America’s Crime Wave 
In conversation with John Lemley, Sirius Radio Host
Tuesday, October 27, 8pm EST
Presented by the Pozez JCC of Northern Virginia in partnership with the Marcus JCC of Atlanta and the National JCC Literary Consortium.

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Discover gripping true crime stories and the surprising tools you need to keep you and your family safe — from iconic legal commentator, TV journalist, and New York Times bestselling author Nancy Grace. Nancy Grace wasn’t always the influential legal authority we know today. One moment changed her future forever: her fiancé was murdered just before their wedding. Driven to deliver justice for other crime victims, Nancy became a felony prosecutor and for a decade, put the “bad guys” behind bars in Atlanta. 

About the Author
Nancy Grace is an award-winning legal journalist, victims-rights advocate and New York Times bestselling author of four books, including Objection!, The Eleventh Victim, Death on the D-List, and Murder in the Courthouse. Nancy headlines Oxygen's Injustice with Nancy Grace, hosts the daily Crime Stories with Nancy Grace on SIRIUS XM and appears regularly on ABC's 20/20 and Nightline, as well as on Daily Mail TV. She is founder and publisher of CrimeOnline.com, a digital platform that investigates breaking crime news, highlights missing people and helps solve unsolved homicides. Nancy was the force behind CNN Headline News' top-rated Nancy Grace.

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  Natan Sharansky and Gil Troy, Never Alone
Sunday, November 8, 1:pm EST
Presented by the Pozez JCC of Northern Virginia in partnership with the Marcus JCC of Atlanta and the National JCC Literary Consortium.

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Never Alone is a classic account of courage, integrity and belonging. In 1977, Natan Sharansky, a leading activist for the democratic dissident movement in the Soviet Union and the movement for free Jewish emigration, was arrested. He spent nine years as a political prisoner, convicted of treason against the state. In Never Alone, Natan Sharansky and historian Gil Troy show how Sharansky's years in prison, many spent in harsh solitary confinement, prepared him for his public life, bringing extraordinary moral clarity and uncompromising honesty to his work as an Israeli politician and the head of the Jewish Agency.

 

About the Author 
Gil Troy is the award-winning author of "The Age of Clinton: America in the 1990s" which will be published this October by Thomas Dunne Books of St. Martin׳s Press. A Professor of History at McGill University since 1990, he is a leading presidential historian, writing about the history of American presidential elections, the importance of moderation in American democracy, and Daniel Patrick Moynihan's fight as US Ambassador to the UN against the infamous Zionism is Racism resolution. 

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  Joan Lunden, Why Did I Come Into This Room? A Candid Conversation About Aging
In Conversation with Holly Firfer, CNN Journalist
Sunday, November 8, 8pm EST
Presented by the Pozez JCC of Northern Virginia in partnership with the Marcus JCC of Atlanta and the National JCC Literary Consortium.

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A funny “What to Expect When You're Expecting” for the aging woman, acclaimed journalist and Baby Boomer Joan Lunden delves into various phases of aging in her most candid and revealing book yet. Lunden takes the dull and depressing out of aging, replacing it with wit and humor. Whether you’re in your 40s, 50s, 60s, or more, this book is full of helpful information. Lunden goes where others fear to tread, openly sharing her anxieties and breakthroughs and how she’s coping with the realities of aging. Why Did I Come into This Room? explores the science of aging and how it impacts the body and brain.

About the Author
An award-winning journalist, bestselling author, motivational speaker, and women’s health & wellness advocate, Joan Lunden has been a trusted voice in American homes for more than 30 years. For nearly two decades, Lunden greeted viewers each morning on Good Morning America bringing insight to the day’s top stories. As the longest-running female host ever on early morning television, Lunden reported from 26 countries, covered 5 presidents, 5 Olympics, and kept Americans up to date on how to care for their homes, their families, and their health.

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  Esther Safran Foer, I Want You to Know We’re Still Here: A Post Holocaust Memoir
In conversation with one of her sons -- TBD
Opens with Kristallnacht Commemoration -- Rabbi Brian Glusman
Monday, November 9, 8pm EST
Presented by the Pozez JCC of Northern Virginia in partnership with the Marcus JCC of Atlanta and the National JCC Literary Consortium.

Esther Safran Foer grew up in a home where the past was too terrible to speak of. The child of parents who were each the sole survivors of their respective families, for Esther the Holocaust loomed in the backdrop of daily life, felt but never discussed. The result was a childhood marked by painful silences and continued tragedy. Even as she built a successful career, married, and raised three children, Esther felt herself searching. When Esther’s mother casually mentions an astonishing revelation—that her father had a previous wife and daughter, both killed in the Holocaust—Esther resolves to find out who they were, and how her father survived. What she finds reshapes her identity and finally gives her the opportunity to mourn. The poignant and deeply moving story is not only of Esther’s journey, but of four generations of survivors, storytellers, and memory keepers living in the shadow of the Holocaust, determined not just to keep the past alive and imbue the present with life and more life.

About the Author
Esther Safran Foer was the CEO of Sixth & I, a center for arts, ideas, and religion. She lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband, Bert. They are the parents of Franklin, Jonathan, and Joshua, and the grandparents of six. According to Jeffrey Goldberg, editor in chief of The Atlantic, “Esther Safran Foer is a force of nature: a leader of the Jewish people, the matriarch of America’s leading literary family, an eloquent defender of the proposition that memory matters. And now, a riveting memoirist.”

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Dale Berra, My Dad, Yogi
Tuesday, November 10, 8pm EST 
Presented by the Pozez JCC of Northern Virginia in partnership with the Marcus JCC of Atlanta and the National JCC Literary Consortium.

ZOOM Webinar Author Talk + Q & A
Everyone knows Yogi Berra. The American icon was the backbone of the New York Yankees through ten World Series Championships, managed the National League Champion New York Mets in 1973, and had an ingenious way with words that remains an indelible part of our lexicon. But no one knew him like his family did. My Dad, Yogi is Dale Berra's chronicle of the unshakeable bond with his father and an intimate portrait providing a unique perspective on one of the great sports figures of the 20th Century. Dale came up with the Pittsburgh Pirates, emerging as one of baseball's most talented young players until he was implicated in a major cocaine scandal, cutting short his promising career. He writes candidly about his drug problem and of the support he received from Yogi, who eventually staged the intervention that would save Dale's life. My Dad, Yogi is Dale's tribute to his dad -- a treat for baseball fans and a poignant story for all fathers and sons.

About the Author
Dale Berra, the son of Yogi Berra, is a former Major League Baseball infielder who played from 1977 to 1987 for the Pittsburgh Pirates, the New York Yankees, and the Houston Astros. He is one of the principles of LTD Enterprises, which maintains the brand and legacy of his Hall of Fame dad. Dale lives in New Jersey with his wife and their two daughters.

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Cameron Douglas, Long Way Home
Wednesday, November 11, 8pm EST
Presented by the Pozez JCC of Northern Virginia in partnership with the Marcus JCC of Atlanta and the National JCC Literary Consortium.

ZOOM Webinar Author Talk + Q & A
From the scion of Hollywood royalty--son of Michael Douglas, grandson of Kirk Douglas--a moving, often shocking, ultimately inspiring memoir detailing his struggle to regain his dignity, humanity, and place in society after many years of drug abuse and almost eight years in prison.

Cameron Douglas is born into wealth, privilege, and comfort. His parents are glamorous jet-setters, his father a superstar, his mother a beautiful socialite, his grandfather a legend. On the surface, his life seems golden. But by the age of thirty, he has taken a hellish dive: he's become a drug addict, a thief, and--after a DEA drug bust--a convicted drug dealer sentenced to five years in prison, with another five years added to his sentence while incarcerated. Eventually he will spend two years in solitary, where he manages, nonetheless, to hold fast to the brutal ethos of prison survival . . . until: he begins to reverse his savage transformation, to understand the psychological turmoil that has tormented him for years, and to prepare for what will be a profoundly challenging, but eventually deeply satisfying and successful, reentry into society at large.

Sparing no one in his sphere--least of all himself--Cameron Douglas gives us a raw and unstintingly honest recounting of his harrowing, remarkable, and, in the end, inspiring life story.

About the Author
Cameron Douglas is an actor. He lives in Los Angeles.

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Transgender Day of Remembrance
Mimi Lemay, What We Will Become: A Mother, Son, and a Journey of Transformation
Friday, November 20, 2pm EST   
Presented by the Pozez JCC of Northern Virginia in partnership with the Marcus JCC of Atlanta and the National JCC Literary Consortium.

ZOOM Webinar Author Talk + Q & A
Mimi Lemay recounts her memoir of her transgender child’s odyssey, and her journey outside the boundaries of the faith and culture that shaped her.
 
Mimi was raised in an ultra-Orthodox Jewish family, every aspect of her life dictated by ancient rules and her role as a woman largely preordained from cradle to grave. As a young woman, Mimi wrestled with the demands of her faith and eventually made the painful decision to leave her religious community and the strict gender roles it upheld.
 
Having risen from the ashes of her former life, Mimi was prepared to help her son forge a new one — at a time when there was little consensus on how best to help young transgender children. What We Will Become is a powerful testament to how painful events from the past can be redeemed to give us hope for the future.

About the Author
MIMI LEMAY is an international advocate for transgender youth and the author of the viral essay “A Letter to My Son Jacob on His 5th Birthday.” Lemay and her family meet regularly with legislators, business leaders, educators, and clergy to share their vision of a more equitable world. She is a member of the Parents for Transgender Equality National Council at Human Rights Campaign and holds a master’s in law and diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University. She was recently named one of the Commonwealth Heroines of 2020 by the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women.

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Melissa Clark, Kid in the Kitchen: 100 Recipes and Tips for Young Home Cooks
Sunday, November 22, 1pm EST   
Presented by the Pozez JCC of Northern Virginia in partnership with the Marcus JCC of Atlanta and the National JCC Literary Consortium.

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Melissa Clark, the New York Times food columnist and beloved home cooking authority, spins 100 all-new recipes for a robust new audience of home chefs: kids ages 8-14!

Clark, who has more range than any food writer today (and a young daughter to boot), marries the flavors beloved by adult fans of her bestselling cookbooks and her work in the New York Times with recipes that any kid, whether cooking-curious or already kitchen-puttering, can make and build on, including Brown Butter French Toast, Sweet or Savory Dutch Babies. These one hundred recipes (each with allergy and special diet info) are unmistakably Melissa, just simplified.

About the Author
Melissa Clark is the author of the New York Times bestseller Dinner in French, as well as Dinner, Dinner in an Instant, and Comfort in an Instant, and is a staff writer for the New York Times Food section, where she writes the wildly popular column "A Good Appetite." The winner of multiple James Beard and IACP awards, Melissa is the host of the "Weeknight Kitchen" podcast from The Splendid Table. Her work has been selected for the Best American Food Writing.

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Michael J. Fox, No Time Like the Future: An Optimist Considers Mortality

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