Monday, November 6
7:30 PM | Take Your Pick: Reading as a Community with Julia Dahl & Brian Platzer
Join the community by reading one or both of these books before the Festival or make it your book club’s choice this fall! Purchase the book at the J to receive FREE entry to the Take Your Pick Program.
Let us know if your book club will be reading along! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for VIP book club benefits.
Julia Dahl | Conviction: A Novel
Julia Dahl’s Conviction is “a murder mystery for our tumultuous times.” [New York Magazine]. Journalist Rebekah Roberts receives a letter from a self-proclaimed innocent convict who was arrested 22 years prior for the brutal murder of a black family in Crown Heights, Brooklyn – a neighborhood infamous for violent riots between blacks and Jews in the early ‘90s.
As Rebekah investigates the forgotten case, she comes across the path of a killer with secrets spanning two decades. Dahl currently writes about crime and criminal justice for CBSNews.com.
Brian Platzer | Bed-Stuy Is Burning: A Novel
Marilyn Hassid Emerging Author
Bedford-Stuyvesant, a notoriously volatile and rapidly gentrifying Brooklyn neighborhood, is the setting for Bed-Stuy Is Burning, and where author Brian Platzer and his family currently reside.
The middle school English teacher’s poignant debut novel centers on one catastrophic day, when riots ignite after a cop shoots a boy in a nearby park. Platzer offers us a window into how the riots affect the lives of one family: Aaron, a former rabbi turned Wall Street banker, his journalist girlfriend, Amelia, and their newborn baby.
$12 Member | $18 Public
Books purchased at the Evelyn Rubenstein JCC will grant you free admission to the Take Your Pick program on Monday, November 6. Email Jasmine at email@example.com, and she will arrange the sale of the book and pick-up.
Once purchased, books can be picked up at the Evelyn Rubenstein JCC Tennis Center or at Houston Congregation for Reform Judaism (801 Bering Drive).