GO READ IT:

Author Events for 2022 and Beyond

Our Under One Tent program year has enjoyed great author events. Our GO READ IT! programming with Congregation B'nai Shalom and the Jewish Book Council have brought us a diverse line-up of authors who have shared everything from growing up on a very secular kibbutz (Rachel Biale) to studying at an Orthodox yeshiva (Jonathan Boyarin). We've learned about the importance of "Jewish Pride" (Ben Freeman) and experienced (vicariously) what it was like being a CIA counter-terrorism agent (Tracy Walder). "These events," notes Under One Tent chair Jo-Ann Jacobson,"not only serve an educational purpose but also provide an incentive to expand one's own literary reach." We have many exciting author events on our fall/winter line-up. Should you know writers you would like us to consider for the 2022-2023 GO READ IT! series, email us at underonetent@ccjcc.org.

Scroll below for our events coming up or ones that took place in the past year.

Pile Of Books

Upcoming Events

  • #ANTISEMITISM: COMING OF AGE DURING THE RESURGENCE OF HATE
    Oct 24, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM PDT
    Online via Zoom
    Author event with Samantha A. Vinokor-Meinrath. Sponsored by Contra Costa JCC, Cong. B'nai Shalom and Jewish Book Council. Co-sponsor: Diablo Valley Hadassah.
  • COCO AT THE RITZ
    Nov 22, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM PST
    Online via Zoom
    Author event with Gioia Diliberto. Sponsored by Contra Costa JCC, Cong. B'nai Shalom and Jewish Book Council. Co-sponsor: Diablo Valley Hadassah.

Past Events

  • YOU'RE LEAVING WHEN?
    Sep 20, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM PDT
    Online via Zoom
    Author event with Annabelle Gurwitch. Sponsored by Contra Costa JCC, Cong. B'nai Shalom and Jewish Book Council. Co-sponsor: Diablo Valley Hadassah.
  • KOSHERSOUL: A CONVERSATION WITH MICHAEL W. TWITTY AND ADEENA SUSSMAN
    Sep 15, 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM PDT
    Online via Zoom
    Sponsored by Jewish Book Council, Contra Costa JCC, and Cong. B'nai Shalom. Co-sponsor Diablo Valley Hadassah.
  • BAGELS, SCHMEARS, AND A NICE PIECE OF FISH
    Sep 12, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM PDT
    Online via Zoom
    Author event with Cathy Barrow. Sponsored by Contra Costa JCC, Cong. B'nai Shalom and Jewish Book Council. Co-sponsor: Diablo Valley Hadassah.
  • UNDER JERUSALEM: THE BURIED HISTORY OF THE WORLD'S MOST CONTESTED CITY
    Author event with Andrew Lawler. Sponsored by Contra Costa JCC, Cong. B'nai Shalom and Jewish Book Council. Co-sponsor: Diablo Valley Hadassah.
  • SHANDA
    Sep 01, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM PDT
    Online via Zoom
    Author event with Letty Cottin Pogrebin. Sponsored by Contra Costa JCC, Cong. B'nai Shalom and Jewish Book Council. Co-sponsor: Diablo Valley Hadassah.
  • CAN WE TALK ABOUT ISRAEL?
    Aug 29, 7:00 PM PDT – Aug 30, 8:00 PM PDT
    Temple Isaiah Sanctuary, 945 Risa Rd, Lafayette, CA 94549, USA
    A conversation between Rabbi Jill Perlman and author Daniel Sokatch, CEO of the New Israel Fund. Presented by Temple Isaiah's Israel & World Jewry Committee.
  • AEROGRAMS ACROSS THE OCEAN: A LOVE STORY IN LETTERS, 1970-1972
    Aug 11, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM PDT
    Online via Zoom
    Sponsored by Contra Costa JCC and Cong. B'nai Shalom in partnership with New Lehrhaus.
  • WATERGATE'S FORGOTTEN HERO
    Jun 16, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM PDT
    Congregation B'nai Shalom, 74 Eckley Ln, Walnut Creek, CA 94596, USA
    Join us for a special evening of friendship, food and our end-of-the-year author event with Adam Henig. Sponsored by the CCJCC, Cong. B'nai Shalom and the Cong. B'nai Shalom Men's Club in partnership with Jewish Book Council
  • COMPETING WITH IDIOTS
    May 22, 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM PDT
    Online via Zoom
    Author event facilitated by Nick Davis.
  • THE WOMAN WITH THE BLUE STAR
    Apr 27, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM PDT
    Online via Zoom
    Author event facilitated by Pam Jenoff. Sponsored by the Contra Costa JCC, Cong. B'nai Shalom, and Cong. B'nai Tikvah's Sisterhood in partnership with the Jewish Book Council.
  • X TROOP
    Apr 26, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM PDT
    Online via Zoom
    Author event facilitated by Leah Garret. Sponsored by the Contra Costa JCC, Congregation B'nai Shalom in partnership with the Jewish Book Council.
  • THE SISTERS OF AUSCHWITZ
    Apr 25, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM PDT
    Online via Zoom
    Author event facilitated by Roxane van Iperen. Sponsored by the Contra Costa JCC, Congregation B'nai Shalom in partnership with the Jewish Book Council.
  • ONCE WE WERE SLAVES
    Apr 07, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM PDT
    Online via Zoom
    Author event facilitated by Prof. Laura Arnold Leibman. Sponsored by the Contra Costa JCC , Congregation B'nai Shalom in partnership with the Jewish Book Council.
  • UNSTOPPABLE: THE INCREDIBLE JOURNEY OF SIGGI B. WILZIG
    Apr 03, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM PDT
    Online via Zoom
    Author event facilitated by Joshua Greene. Sponsored by the Contra Costa JCC and Congregation B'nai Shalom in partnership with the Jewish Book Council and the Lafayette Library.
  • DARE TO SPEAK: DEFENDING FREE SPEECH FOR ALL
    Mar 28, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM PDT
    Online via Zoom
    Author Event with CEO of PEN America Suzanne Nossel. Sponsored by the Contra Costa JCC and Congregation B'nai Shalom.
  • LADYPARTS
    Feb 15, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM PST
    Online via Zoom
    Author event facilitated by Deborah Copaken.
  • NABOKOV AND THE REAL WORLD
    Feb 13, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM PST
    Online via Zoom
    Author event facilitated by Robert Alter. Sponsors: CCJCC, Cong. B'nai Shalom and the Jewish Book Council.
  • THE LINDBERGH KIDNAPPING SUSPECT NO.1
    Feb 03, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM PST
    Online via Zoom
    Author event facilitated by Lise Pearlman. Sponsors: CCJCC, Cong. B'nai Shalom and the Jewish Book Council.