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October 25, 2012 - Image 66

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The Detroit Jewish News, 2012-10-25

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1 p.m

Ira Shapiro

CenterStage presents...
Lunch with the Authors

The Last Great Senate

(See description at 6:30 p.m.)


5 p.m.

Daniel B. Smith

Co-sponsored by National Council of Jewish Women, West Bloomfield Township
Library, Your People, LLC

Monkey Mind

Devan Siphar

The very idea of a roast beef sandwich was
more than Daniel Smith could take.

The Wedding Beat

This is the classic boy meets girl, boy
loses girl, boy assigned to write article about girl's
wedding story.

The meat was all right; the bread was fine. The
problem was the condiments. Should it be topped
with ketchup or barbeque sauce? The answer, he
believed, was absolutely, irrefutably, inarguably so
important he HAD to get it right.

From the real-life (unmarried) writer of the New
York Times —Vows" wedding column comes an
irresistible tale of a fictional (unmarried) wedding
columnist at The Paper. Be prepared for fun and
adventure from a man who knows romance!

Daniel Smith had anxiety, and it ruled his life.

In Monkey Mind, Smith uses honesty and humor to tackle the challenges
of living with a disease that left him frustrated, endlessly stressed and
emotionally paralyzed. It's a rare glimpse into a world that few can even

Devan Siphar was raised in Metro Detroit. This is his first novel — and
while one spouse is plenty, we hope to see many, many more books
from this talented author.

Admirably, Smith (who just received a four-of-four stars review in
People magazine) not only allows readers to enter his world, he keeps
them laughing and explains how he finally managed to take control
of this darkness.

Francesca Segal

The Innocents

Among Oprah's list of best beach reads,
The Innocents is the story of growing up in a tight-
knit Jewish community.


Co-sponsored by Kadima

6:30 p.m.

Adam is the perfect Jewish boy - and the perfect
catch. Rachel, his girlfriend since high school,
is pure, innocent and the kind of woman he
always expected to wed. Engaged and getting
ready for the big day, Adam faces pre-wedding
jitters and doubts. When Rachel's beautiful, crazy, unpredictable and
independent model cousin comes into town, Adam is forced to see a
whole new way of living.

Ira Shapiro

The Last Great Senate

For many, the U.S. Senate today is simply a
collection of world-weary politicians who work a little,
fight a lot and understand next-to-nothing about real
life for the average American.

But there was a time when the U.S. Senate was a
force for tremendous change, and one of the most
respected institutions in the country.

"[The Innocents is] delightful... Segal's writing is wise, witty and
observant"— The Times of London
„ L
Scott Lasser


In The Last Great Senate, Ira Shapiro takes readers back
to the days when the Senate spearheaded the campaign against the war
in Vietnam, investigated Watergate and fought all attempts to limit civil
rights. He also provides an insider's look at some of the most important
and influential figures in the Senate's history.

Say Nice Things About Detroit

In his new novel, Say Nice Things About
Detroit, Michigan native Scott Lasser has captured
the good, bad, ugly — and beautiful things
about Detroit.




Ira Shapiro spent 12 years working for Senators Gaylord Nelson, Abraham
Ribicoff, Thomas Eagleton, Robert Byrd and Jay Rockefeller.

As the story begins, David returns to a place that
most people flee. But David is making his own
escape: from his divorce and the death of his son.
In Detroit, he learns about the double shooting of
his former girlfriend Natalie and her black half-brother, Dirk. As David
becomes involved with Natalie's sister, he will discover that both he
and his hometown have reasons to hope.

Co-sponsored by Ameinu, Institute for Retired Professionals (IRP)

7:30 p.m. OAK PARK ONLY

Morris Wolff

Whatever Happened to
Raoul Wallenberg?

Raoul Wallenberg, 32 years old, left his home and
wealthy family in Sweden on a mission financed by
the U.S. to save Jews from Nazis in Budapest during
WWII. Kidnapped by the Russians in 1945, he was held
for decades. In 1983, at the request of Wallenberg's
brother, a young lawyer named Morris Wolff took on
his case pro bono. This effort was undertaken long
after the Soviets declared him dead. Former prisoners reported seeing
Wallenberg alive years after he was reported dead. In the end, Wallenberg,
who saved so many, was not saved himself.

$30 for luncheon and program.
Reservations required by November 7.
Please call The Berman box office at 248.661.1900.

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Co-sponsored by Institute for Retired Professionals (IRP)




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