Famed Shoe Designer Headlines October Virtual Author Series, Authors In Conversation @ Home
Tuesday, September 15, 2020

You may know Steve Madden’s name and his shoes. But do you know his story? 

The Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center (the J) will continue its new virtual series, Authors in Conversation @ Home this month featuring three prominent authors including famed shoe designer Steve Madden in conversation with Holly Firfer, CNN journalist on Thursday, October 15, 2020 at 7:00 p.m

Madden’s memoir, The Cobbler: How I Disrupted An Industry, Fell From Grace and Came Back Stronger Than Ever, shares his mistakes, from his battle with addiction to the financial shortcuts that landed him in prison, which are as important as his most iconic designs.   Madden holds nothing back and takes readers on a wild ride where they walk away uplifted by a man who owned up to his shortcomings, was determined to give back and used his hard-won platform to create positive change.

Authors in Conversation @ Home is a recurring series of virtual literary events featuring a variety of authors participants can enjoy from the comfort of their home. Authors offered in October include Jennifer Rosner, author of The Yellow Bird Sings, whose debut novel is inspired by the true stories of Jewish children hidden during World War II.  Rosner will be in conversation with Houston’s own Chris Cander, author of The Weight of a Piano, on Wednesday, October 7, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. This program is in partnership with Brazos Bookstore and Holocaust Museum Houston. Harlen Coben, author of The Boy In the Woods, will discuss his bestselling thriller in conversation with fellow New York Times bestselling author Emily Griffin on Sunday, October 25, 2020 at 7:00 p.m.

The Coben and Madden events are in partnership with the JCC Literary Consortium, a group of JCCs throughout the country. 

All of these programs are $10 to the community with registration and books available for purchase though local bookstore partners Brazos Bookstore and Blue Willow Bookshop with a portion of the proceeds supporting the J.

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