The 35th Jewish Book Fair
will feature Michigan authors,
art exhibits and Yiddish entertainment.
VICTORIA BELYEU DIAZ
Special to The Jewish News
Mr by is this year's
Jewish Book Fair
different from past
year's Book Fairs?
According to Center
Cultural Arts Director Adele Silver,
there are a lot of reasons.
This year's book fair will feature
at least six persons who have Michi-
gan roots. Among them are former
Detroiter Rabbi Daniel Syme; former
Mercy College instructor Sister
Carol Rittner of Washington, D.C.;
Harriet Sarnoff Schiff of Beverly
Hills, Mich.; George Will, who
taught at Michigan State Univer-
sity; author Parichehr Yomtoob who
resides in Albion and former De-
troiters Yale Strom and Dr. Bob
Silver said after the schedule
was set in place we realized that
were a lot (of authors) 'made in
In addition, this year's book fair
will feature two art exhibits. One
will focus on the works of Theo To-
biasse, who will be on hand opening
night to autograph Chaim Potok's
compilation of the artist's work. The
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second will feature photos of East
European Jewry by Strom, taken
from his book, A Tree Still Stands.
Another unique aspect about
this year's book fair is the appear-
ance in the schedule of two Iranian
Jews: Yomtoob and Dr. Heskel Had-
dad. Also, the fair this year will
"import" two authors from abroad,
Conor Cruise O'Brien from Ireland
and Peter Sichrovsky from Munich.
This is unusual for us," Silver
said. They are different kinds of
things that we wouldn't normally
The 35th annual Jewish Book
Fair will get under way Saturday at
7:30 p.m. at the main Jewish Com-
munity Center in West Bloomfield.
Twenty-thousand volumes of
recently-published Judaica will be
on display and available for pur-
chase through Nov. 16. Titles will
include biographies, children's books,
cookbooks, novels, and historical
works, along with volumes on art,
photography, religion, and numerous
other subjects. Some of the books
available are printed in Yiddish and
Speaker-authors will be featured
each day and evening, to discuss
their newest work, and autographing
sessions are also planned as part of