Columbia Jewish Book Festival -- a Book Fest for Everyone!

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Columbia is not only a writers' town, it's a readers' town, too. And Jasper is always delighted to hear of interesting and engaging literary events.

For example, The Columbia Jewish Book Festival coming up on Sunday, October 20th through the 25th. Award winning author Mary Glickman is this year’s featured presenter. The festival also features film screenings, workshops, and children's activities and is open to all.

The Festival kicks off Sunday, October 20 with a screening of Shalom Sesame's "Mitzvah on the Street" followed by a showing of a film adaptation of Mitch Albom's novel "Have a Little Faith" at 3 pm.

Monday, October 21 features keynote speaker Mary Glickman at 8 pm. Mary is a South Carolina resident and her first novel, Home in the Morning, is in development for film by Jim Kohlberg, director of The Music Never Stopped (Sundance 2011). Her second novel, One More River, was a Finalist for the 2011 National Jewish Book Award in Fiction. She will be available to sign books after her talk.

A workshop about writing and publishing children's books is scheduled for 7 pm on Tuesday, October 22. This workshop will be led by Elaine Schiller August and Ronit Elk, both published children's authors. Participants are encouraged to bring their questions and any of their own manuscripts.

All events are free for JCC members; a donation of $5 is requested of non-members. The book marketplace is open to all. The Columbia Jewish book festival is supported by The Columbia Jewish Federation, The Jewish Cultural Arts Committee, The Kligman Fund for the Jewish Cultural Arts, the Katie & Irwin Kahn Jewish Community Center, and Thou Shalt Read.

Festival events will be held at The Katie & Irwin Kahn Jewish Community Center  at 306 Flora Drive, in Columbia. For more information go to