Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jodi Kantor, whose reports on Harvey Weinstein helped kick off the #MeToo movement, will appear at the MJCCA Book Festival on Nov. 5.
One of the most prominent stories involving women in recent years was the news of Harvey Weinstein’s sexual harassment and abuse. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jodi Kantor, who along with fellow reporter Megan Twohey broke the story for the New York Times, will discuss the new book “She Said” in conversation with Times Bureau Chief Kim Severson on Nov. 5 at 7:30 p.m. In the book, Kantor reveals how the two reporters broke the story and also delves into the consequences of reporting on the #MeToo movement, in addition to describing the difficult journeys of the women who spoke up.
Nikki Haley’s book “With All Due Respect” offers a first-hand perspective of her tenure in the Trump administration. The author will discuss the book at the MJCCA Book Festival on Nov. 17.
Also bound to be popular with festival-goers is the Nov. 17 appearance of Nikki Haley, former Governor of South Carolina and former United States Ambassador to the United Nations, at 7:30 p.m. Haley’s new memoir “With All Due Respect” offers a first-hand perspective and a behind-the-scenes account of her tenure in the Trump administration.
On Nov. 6 at 7:30 p.m. Pat Mitchell will speak about her book “Becoming a Dangerous Woman.” Mitchell’s book tells the true story of her journey from being raised on a cotton farm in rural Georgia to becoming a prominent TV and film producer and the first female CEO of PBS and president of CNN Productions.
On November 8 at noon, popular New York style icon Tziporah Salamon offers a very different event, a first for the MJCCA Book Fest, a one-woman stage show in which she tells the story of her Hungarian parents who survived the Holocaust by fleeing to Israel, then New York.
One of today’s most acclaimed novelists, Alice Hoffman, speaks about her latest novel “The World That We Knew,” a tale of a mother and daughter that unfolds against the backdrop of Europe during the Nazi regime and World War II, on Nov. 10 at 3:30 p.m. in conversation with writer and former AJC contributor Greg Changnon.
Other notable women authors this year include Bari Weiss, speaking about her new book “How to Fight Anti-Semitism” on Nov. 16 at 8 p.m., and author Heather Morris speaking about the follow-up to her bestselling novel “The Tattooist of Auschwitz” entitled “Cilka’s Journey” on Nov. 4 at noon. Abby Chava Stein will discuss her journey from being born male in a dynastic rabbinical family in a Hasidic Jewish community in Brooklyn to transitioning to female covered in her book “Becoming Eve” on Nov. 14 at 7:30 p.m., and historian Julie Salamon presents her new book about the 1985 terrorist killing of Leon Klinghoffer entitled “An Innocent Bystander” on Nov. 4 at 7:30 p.m.
Although women seem to have taken center stage this year, there are still plenty of headlining events by male authors. On Nov. 9 at 8 p.m., former federal prosecutor Preet Bharara discusses his new book on the legal system “Doing Justice: A Prosecutor’s Thoughts on Crime, Punishment, and the Rule of Law” in conversation with Atlanta journalist Bill Nigut. Akbar Gbajabiamila discusses his book about his path to becoming an American Ninja Warrior champion, “Everyone Can Be a Ninja,” on Nov. 3 at 3:30 p.m. with Atlanta media personality Mara Davis. And the festival opens on Oct. 30 at 7:30 p.m. with television star Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver discussing their new book for middle school kids about a space alien who visits Hollywood.
In all, this year’s Book Festival includes more than 45 authors, and organizers estimate that more than 13,000 people from across the Southeast will come to an event at the book festival.
The Book Festival of the MJCCA
Oct. 30-Nov. 18. Series passes for non-members are $180; tickets prices for individual events vary. Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta (MJCCA), 5342 Tilly Mill Road, Dunwoody.678-812-4005, atlantajcc.org.