Registering for a Book Festival event is easy!


Phone: Sherry Majewski at 419-724-0361





All featured author books will be available for pre-sale in collaboration with Barnes & Noble Booksellers. Limited books will be available for sale at all in-person events.

Download the full NWOhio Jewish Book Festival 2021 brochure by clicking here.


The Woman with the Blue Star 
by Pam Jenoff

Monday, November 1 | 7 p.m. (Zoom only)

Free – Zoom In Your Home Author Presentation
$15 – Zoom Author Presentation and paperback book 

Ella Stepanek is an affluent Polish girl living a life of relative ease with her stepmother, who has developed close alliances with the occupying Germans. Scorned by her friends and longing for her fiancé, who has gone off to war, Ella wanders Kraków restlessly. While on an errand in the market, she catches a glimpse of something moving beneath a grate in the street. Upon closer inspection, she realizes it’s a girl hiding.

The Captain & Me… On and Off the Field with Thurman Munson
by Dan Epstein

Thursday, November 4 | 7 p.m.
The Back Forty – 5215 Monroe St. -or- Zoom

Free – Zoom In Your Home Author Presentation
$15 – Zoom Author Presentation at The Back Forty – Includes appetizers and cocktails
$25 - Zoom Author Presentation In Your Home and book
$35 – Zoom Author Presentation at The Back Forty and Book 

The deeply personal story of a friendship between two teammates and of a human bond which ultimately transcends the game itself. As back-to-back No. 1 draft picks for the New York Yankees, Ron Blomberg and Thurman Munson made for an odd couple. Now, over 40 years after Munson’s shocking death in a plane crash at age 32, Blomberg opens up to author Dan Epstein about the beloved Yankees captain in an extraordinary memoir, both hilarious and heartbreaking, that reaches far beyond baseball. 



The Last Mona Lisa
by Jonathan Santlofer

Tuesday, November 9
5 - 6 p.m.: Goodie bag pickup in Jewish Federation parking lot
7 p.m.: Zoom In Your Home Author Presentation

Free – Zoom In Your Home Author Presentation
$15 – Zoom In Your Home Author Presentation and book
$18 – Zoom In Your Home Author Presentation and gallery appetizer goodie bag pickup
$28 – Zoom In Your Home Author Presentation, gallery appetizer goodie bag pickup, and book

A gripping novel exploring the secrets of the 1911 theft of the Mona Lisa and the dark underbelly of today’s art world. A story of heart-stopping suspense as romantic and sexy as it is terrifying and thrilling. Last Mona Lisa taps into our universal fascination with da Vinci, the authentic and the fake, and people so driven to acquire priceless works of art they will stop at nothing to possess them‚ not even murder. 


If you are unable to pick up your goodie bag, delivery is available upon request. Please contact or 419-724-0361.


All the World’s a Stage Fright 
by Bob Abelman

Thursday, November 11 | 12 p.m.
Congregation Etz Chayim, 3853 Woodley Rd.  -or- Zoom 

In-person event at Etz Chayim requires proof of vaccination
Free – Zoom In Your Home Author Presentation
$10 – Kosher luncheon and author presentation 

$15 – Zoom author presentation and book
$20 – Kosher luncheon, author presentation, and book 

All the World’s a Stage Fright is a laugh-out-loud fictional memoir about a clandestine newspaper critic embedded in a professional production of As You Like It with the intent of driving up the paper’s readership. 
Soon the stunt becomes one man’s personal battle with the Bard, his anti-Semitic content, his infuriating iambic pentameter verse, and sharing the stage with actors he has panned in the past. Full of twists and turns, endearing characters, and behind-the-curtain action, All the World’s a Stage Fright is a fun-filled and fast-paced novella. It is written for those who love theater.


This event is supported in part through a generous grant from the Jewish Senior Services Supporting Organization. 


Now for Something Sweet 
by Merelyn Chalmers, Lisa Goldberg, and Natanya Eskin

Monday, November 8 | 7 p.m. (Zoom only)
FREE - Zoom In Your Home Author Presentation 
$15 – add dessert tasting (delivered to your doorstep)
$35 – add book
$45 – add dessert tasting (delivered to your doorstep) and book 

After three best-selling cookbooks, the irrepressible Monday Morning Cooking Club returns with a stunning fourth book, a collection of mostly sweet heirloom recipes. Now for Something Sweet is an ode to the longstanding tradition of Jewish Sisterhood community cookbooks, part of a genre that food scholars regard as social history. Recipes for Persian Shortbread, South African Cheesecake, Romanian Malai, Alfajores, Russian Honey Cake, and Moroccan Fishuelas, as well as blintzes and babka, transport us to Jewish kitchens across time and space. 


More than I Love My Life 
by David Grossman

National Jewish Book Council Event
Wednesday, October 20 | 12:30 p.m. (Zoom only)
Free - Jewish Book Council Zoom presentation 

Join Jewish Book Council and internationally best-selling author David Grossman in a conversation about love, trauma, and healing. More Than I Love My Life is the story of three generations of women on an unlikely journey to a Croatian island and a secret that needs to be told, written by Booker Prize winner, Sapir Prize winner, and two-time National Jewish Book Award winner David Grossman. He will be joined by Jewish Book Council’s own Marilyn Hassid, in a conversation that will allow the audience a peek inside his inspiration for writing this book and more. Reserve your free ticket today!

Kid's Festival Menu!

All children's events:

Sunday, November 7

10 - 11 a.m.

Temple Shomer Emunim


Books will be available for pre-sale purchase only and will be delivered to Sunday School for your child. Authors will be available for book signing after presentations. All author presentations are free. Books are $15 each.

Sarah’s Solo

by Tracy Brown

For children in 2nd grade and younger.

Sarah is disappointed when she must miss dancing her solo at the upcoming ballet recital to go to her cousin’s wedding. But, as she explores some of the Jewish customs at the wedding, she begins to realize how much her own culture’s traditions have to offer.

Summer of Stolen Secrets

by Julie Sternberg

For 3rd through 6th graders.

Catarina has never met her strict Jewish grandmother. But now, with an opportunity to spend three weeks in Baton Rouge and away from her best-friends-turned-bullies, Cat packs her bags and leaves New York City to get to know the woman who has always been a mystery. 

Award-winning author Julie Sternberg tells a tender family story full of humor, heart, and heartbreak.

Whistle – A New Gotham City Hero

by E. Lockhart

For children in 7th grade and up.

Whistle (aka Willow Zimmerman) is a new hero in Batman’s Gotham City – protecting her waterfront neighborhood of Down River. She is the first originating Jewish superhero to join the DC universe in over 40 years. Famous villains Poison Ivy, the Riddler, and Killer Croc all appear.

2021 Jewish Book Festival Committee:


Cynthia Bramson

Lindsay Folkerth

Judi Fox

Helen Grubb

Lois Levison

Andy Richards

Sue Richards

Lauren Sachs

Judy Weinberg

The Northwest Ohio Jewish Book Festival would like to acknowledge the following for their generous support and partnership: