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  for VIP book club benefits.

Julia Dahl | Conviction: A Novel

Julia DahlAuthor's Website 

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 

Jewish Book Council


Brian Platzer | Bed-Stuy Is Burning: A Novel

Brian PlatzerMarilyn Hassid Emerging Author

Author's Website 

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. 

Jewish Book Council

$12 Member | $18 Public

Purchase Tickets


Books are Available to Purchase!

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, 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).