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The Detroit Jewish News, 2012-11-01

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Fall For A
Good Boo

The JCC's Annual Jewish Book Fair brings back

favorites and introduces gew events, wiih guests

including Madeleine Albrht, Judy Collins, Steve

Guttenberg and Stuart Eizenstat.




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Elizabeth Applebaum

Special to the Jewish News


mong the frequent visitors in
Alice Herz-Sommer's child-
hood home was "Uncle Franz,"
who loved hiking, airplanes and film,
was famous for always speaking the
truth and was passionate about writing,
which he likened to prayer.
Rene was another guest. He was
plagued by health problems and an over-
bearing mother. Initially he was inter-
ested in philosophy and art, and then he
discovered poetry.
Sigismund Schlomo was a neurologist
and a cigar smoker, a man who loved
Shakespeare and dissected hundreds of
eels for his medical studies. He also was
born with a caul; his mother was certain
it was a sign of great things to come.
Today, Alice Herz-Sommer is 108
years old, the oldest living Holocaust
survivor. But many years ago she was
just a little Jewish girl in Vienna whose
parents were friendly with a great col-
lection of colorful figures. They were
largely unknown then, but they went on
to become some of the most influential
figures of the 20th century: Franz Kafka,
Rainer Maria Rilke and Sigmund Freud.
In A Century of Wisdom: Lessons

from the Life of Alice Herz-Sommer, the
World's Oldest Living Holocaust Survivor,
Caroline Stoessinger recounts the mag-
nificent life of Alice Herz-Sommer, from

best event ever," said Book Fair Director
her childhood in Vienna to her impris-
onment at Theresiestadt, from her atten- Shari Lebo. "We expect record crowds
at our much-anticipated author pro-
dance at the trial of Adolf Eichmann in
grams, which begin with
Israel to her private piano
Judy Collins on Nov. 7
concerts for Golda Meir,
and end with Madeleine
Arthur Rubinstein and
Albright on Nov. 18. This
Leonard Bernstein.
is a unique opportunity to
The Jewish Community
engage with more than 70
Center of Metropolitan
fascinating authors in just
Detroit's Annual Jewish Book
12 days."
Fair will be held Nov. 7-18
This year's Book Fair
and includes leading authors
also includes associ-
on every topic from history
ate chairs Leslie Bash,
to food to entertainment,
Terry Hollander, Cheryl
with plenty of special events,
Kirsch, Sallyjo Levine,
including this year's first-
Book Fair D irector Shari
Sandi Matz, Lauren
ever Evening of Music.
Rosenberg, Sheri Schiff
Held on Thursday, Nov.
and Susie Solarz; and
8, at the Berman Center for
volunteer chairs Ruth
the Performing Arts, the
Beitner, Janice Cohen,
Evening of Music includes a
Shelley Goldin, Helayne
discussion and musical pre-
Kaplan, Jennifer LoPatin,
sentation by author/pianist
Sarah Gottlieb and Lynn
Caroline Stoessinger, pre-
ceded at 6:30 p.m. by Detroit
In addition to the
Symphony Orchestra Music
Evening of Music, this
Director Leonard Slatkin,
year's Book Fair intro-
who will discuss his new
duces two more special
book, Conducting Business:
events: the Comedy Cafe
Unveiling the Mystery Behind
and the Art History Day
the Maestro.
Book Fair Chair Susan
of Learning.
"With the Annual Jewish
The Comedy Cafe will
Book Fair just days away, our
be at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, at
chair, Sue Lutz, and dedicated steering
the JCC in West Bloomfield. Hosted
committee are hard at work finalizing
by radio star Alan "Big Al" Muskovitz,
every detail so we can bring you the

this program will highlight The Last

Testament: A Memoir by God, as told by
David Javerbaum. (OK, God is not actu-
ally attending the Book Fair this year.
David Javerbaum, an Emmy winner for
his work as head writer and executive
producer of The Daily Show, will indeed
be there.)
The Art History Day of Learning will
be Wednesday, Nov. 14, and will feature
Anne-Marie O'Connor, whose The Lady
in Gold focuses on the amazing history
of a Gustav Klimt painting; a lecture by
Salvatore Pons' Salut, head of the Detroit
Institute of Arts' European Art depart-
ment; and a film detailing art stolen and
destroyed by the Nazis.
Opening Night of the Annual Jewish
Book Fair, at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov.
7, will be held at the Berman Center for
the Performing Arts and will feature
Judy Collins, author of Sweet Judy Blue
Eyes: My Life in Music.
Collins found fame as a singer and
activist in the 1960s. She also has played
a major role in the careers of Jewish
composers and songwriters including
Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen and Randy
Newman, which she will discuss dur-
ing her presentation at the Jewish Book

Elizabeth Applebaum is marketing director at
the Jewish Community Center of Metropolitan

Detroit. Unless otherwise noted, she is the
writer of all Book Fair stories in this section.

The 61st Annual Jewish Book Fair runs Nov. 7-18. All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted and will be held at the Jewish Community Center
of Metropolitan Detroit or the Berman Center for the Performing Arts, 6600 W. Maple Road in West Bloomfield (WB); or at the JCC in Oak Park (OP), 15110 W. 10 Mile
Road. To view the complete brochure, visit jccdet.org . Advance registration is recommended for all ticketed events: Call (248) 661-1900, go to theberman.org or visit
the Berman Center for the Performing Arts box office.

November 1 • 2012


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