22 2023

Jewish Toledo Book Festival: Malkah's Notebook

6:00PM - 8:00PM  

Malkah’s Notebook: A Journey into the Mystical Aleph-Bet

by Mira Amiras

Sunday, October 22

6 p.m.


$18 per adult – includes author presentation and dinner

$40 per adult – includes author presentation, dinner, and book


Malkah is a child when her father tries teaching her to read Torah. But they don’t get very far. As Malkah studies, her questions multiply. She discovers an earlier, hidden story of creation within the Hebrew Aleph-Bet letters in the first line of Genesis, and a door opens. Malkah’s discovery takes her on a lifelong journey in search of her beginnings—into Jewish mystical texts, far-off places, archaeological digs, ancient gods, and ultimately into the nature of existence itself. 

Part bedtime story, part poem, part journal, and coupled with highly evocative illustrations, Malkah’s Notebook is a love letter to the Hebrew alphabet that unlocks life’s greatest mysteries.

Mira Z Amiras is an anthropologist, author, and award-winning filmmaker of the animated featurette, The Day before Creation. She has lived, studied, and traveled throughout the Middle East and North Africa, camped out 7,000 miles through Africa, across the Sahara, heading south from Algiers to Nairobi, and traveled overland from Istanbul to the Nepalese border. She lives in San Francisco with her family.