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We close at 3:30 pm on Tuesday, October 4, and remain closed Wednesday, October 5, 2022, for Yom Kippur. Regular hours resume on Thursday, October 6.

People of the Book Speaker Series

Be a part of our People of the Book Author Series as we showcase authors from Western New York and beyond.
Join us as we explore diversity, culture, and Jewish identity through our virtual and in-person author events!

Descriptions of the Books

City of My Heart

Wednesday, October 12 | 6:30 pm (Benderson)
Author Mark Goldman “City of my Heart” – Reception and book signing to follow.

City of my Heart traces the origins of the local preservation movement. For more the 50 years, Mark Goldman’s life has been intertwined with the life of the City of Buffalo. His work as a historian, author, teacher, and creator of the Calumet Arts Cafe and the Allen Street Hardware Cafe, in addition to his extensive engagement in some of the most critical public policy debates, has provided him with unique insights into the recent history of our city.

Three Minutes in Poland

Wednesday, October 19 | 6:30 pm
(Zoom)

Author Glenn Kurtz “Three Minutes in Poland.”

Painstakingly assembled from interviews, photographs, documents, and artifacts, Three Minutes in Poland tells the rich, harrowing, and surprisingly intertwined stories of seven Holocaust survivors and their Polish hometown. Named one of the best books of 2014 by NPR, The New Yorker, and The Boston Globe.

Girl Overboard

Wednesday, October 26 | 6:30 pm (Benderson)
Author Sandra Block “Girl Overboard” – Book Discussion and Writing Workshop.

This fast-paced thriller is about a girl who investigates her friend’s disappearance during their cruise ship vacation. Author Sandra
Block, a Harvard graduate and a Buffalo native will discuss the book and lead a short workshop on writing fiction.

The Chosen

Wednesday, November 2 | 6:30 pm (Benderson)
Panel Discussion with Jewish Repertory Theatre – Reception to Follow.

Chaim Potok’s 1967 novel, The Chosen, mostly set during WWII, is a fascinating study of two families linked by ethnic roots and religion. The Jewish Repertory Theatre will be opening its 20th season with the stage version of The Chosen. Join the JRT for a panel discussion to compare and discuss themes in the book and stage version.

Hitlers Mein Kampf

Wednesday, November 9 | 6:30 pm (Daemen University)
In commemoration of Kristallnacht, Dr. Michael Bryant will present:
Malevolent Intentions and the Play of Circumstance: the Pogrom of November 1938 and Hitler’s Plan for the Jews

Warm and Welcoming

Wednesday, November 16 | 6:30 pm (Zoom)
Co-editor Miriam Steinberg-Egeth “Warm and Welcoming.”

Warm and Welcoming: How the Jewish Community Can Become Truly Diverse and Inclusive in the 21st Century is the first book to tackle institutionalized biases and barriers to inclusion, offering not only stories and context about the issues facing Jews of all backgrounds but, more importantly, offering practical and concrete advice that Jewish institutions can implement right away to change how they engage with diverse populations. Join us for a Zoom discussion with Co-editor Miriam Steinberg-Egeth.

Photo Gallery of Past Events

Elaine Mendelow People of the Book Author Series
Elaine Mendelow People of the Book Author Series
Elaine Mendelow People of the Book Author Series
Elaine Mendelow People of the Book Author Series
Elaine Mendelow People of the Book Author Series