2018-19 Author & Speaker Series

author series

The JCC has hosted a wide range of authors and speakers, including Evan Handler, Rabbi Brad Hirschfield, Carol Leifer, Kinky Friedman, Cokie & Steve Roberts, David Javerbaum, David E. Kaufman, Andrea Lustig Pomerantz, and Professor Chad Spigel, among many others. These year-round author and speaker series events serve to educate, enlighten, and enrich all who attend.


Mike Reiss | Springfield Confidential | SA, Oct. 13 | 7:30pm

In celebration of The Simpsons' thirtieth anniversary, Mike Reiss, the show's longest-serving writer and producer offers a humorous look at the writing and making of the legendary Fox series that has become one of the most revered artistic achievements in television history.

Four-time Emmy winner Mike Reiss shares stories, scandals, and gossip about working with America's most iconic cartoon family ever in his book, Springfield Confidential: Jokes, Secrets, and Outright Lies from a Lifetime Writing for The Simpsons.

Event Admission Only: $10 | Autographed Book & Event Bundle: $30 (does not include tax on book)

Randi Hutter Epstein | Aroused | TH, Nov. 1 | 7pm

Metabolism, behavior, sleep, mood swings, the immune system, fighting, fleeing, puberty, and sex: these are just a few of the things our bodies control with hormones. Armed with a healthy dose of wit and curiosity, medical journalist Randi Hutter Epstein takes us on a journey through the unusual history of these potent chemicals from a basement filled with jarred nineteenth-century brains to a twenty-first-century hormone clinic in Los Angeles.

In Aroused: The History of Hormones and How They Control Just About Everything, Epstein exposes the humanity at the heart of hormone science with her rich cast of characters.

Event Admission Only: $10 | Autographed Book & Event Bundle: $30 (does not include tax on book)

Juli Berwald | Spineless | SU, Jan. 13 | 7pm

In her book Spineless: The Science of Jellyfish and the Art of Growing a Backbone, Julie Berwald, a former ocean scientist, goes in pursuit of the slippery story of jellyfish, rediscovering her passion for marine science and the sea's imperilled ecosystems. Gracefully blending personal memoir with crystal-clear distillations of science, Spineless reveals that jellyfish are a bellwether for the damage we're inflicting on the climate and the oceans and a call to realize our collective responsibility for the planet we share.

Event Admission Only: $10 | Autographed Book & Event Bundle: $30 (does not include tax on book) 

Gabrielle Birkner & Rebecca Soffer | Modern Loss | SU, Mar. 24 | 5pm

Let's face it: most of us can't handle talking about death. We're awkward and uncertain; we blurt out platitudes or say nothing at all; we send sympathy bouquets whittled out of fruit to the shiva house. Modern Loss: Candid Conversation About Grief. Beginners Welcome., by Gabrielle Birkner and Rebecca Soffer, can help us do better. Inspired by the website that the New York Times hailed as "redefining mourning," this book--praised by Stephen Colbert and Mindy Kaling, among others--offers a roadmap for navigating grief and resilience in the modern age. 

Event Admission Only: $10 | Autographed Book & Event Bundle: $30 (does not include tax on book)

To receive more information about our Author Series or any other Arts & Culture event, sign up for our Email Mailing List, or contact Allison Cornwell at 210-302-6828.



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