Registration is requested for all book festival events by Friday, October 25.


Call the Registration Hotline at 419-531-2119 #2 or email with your payment information. Payment is due at the time of registration. VISA, MasterCard, AMEX and Discover are accepted.


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“Oy, I registered for an event and now I can’t attend!” – CALL US and let us know so we can open your spot to another community member!


To learn more about an author or an event, call René Rusgo at 419-531-2119 #1 or email

All programs are subject to change or cancellation without prior notification due to schedules and commitments of our authors.

Click here to download the 2019 Northwest Ohio Jewish Book Festival brochure.

  • The Guest Book by Sarah Blake

    Tuesday, November 5
    7 p.m.
    The Toledo Club,* 235 14th St.

$18 Appetizer reception and author presentation

$36 Appetizer reception, author presentation, and book

*The Toledo Club is a cashless facility; card only accepted for bar services


The Miltons, it seems, are the American Dream. For three generations, they’ve run a successful family banking business, enjoyed New York City’s cultural life, and passed summers on their private island in Maine. But when the youngest generation of Miltons must consider selling the island, they stumble across family secrets that force them to ask, at whose expense are they living their dream? 

  • I Wanted Fries With That by Amy Fish

    Thursday, November 7
    12 p.m.
    Congregation B'nai Israel, 6525 Sylvania Ave.

$13 Luncheon and author presentation

$28 Luncheon, author presentation, and book

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


It’s a simple equation: You can’t get what you want unless you ask for it. But this is often easier said than done, especially if you are afraid of confrontation or hurting someone’s feelings. The stories in I Wanted Fries with That: How to Ask for What You Want and Get What You Need reveal real-world situations and show the myriad ways that you can speak up in your daily life and ask for what you want so that you can get exactly what you need. Even the shyest wallflower can use the techniques highlighted in I Wanted Fries with That to begin requesting and receiving better treatment, better service, and better wages.

  • D-Day Girls by Sarah Rose

    Thursday, November 14
    7 p.m.
    Lourdes University Franciscan Center, 6838 Convent Blvd.

$18 Dessert reception and author presentation  

$36 Dessert reception, author presentation, and book 


D-Day Girls focuses on the inspiring, dramatic story of three of the women who were recruited to lay the groundwork for the D-Day invasion: Odette Sansom, an energetic mother of three eager to escape the safe countryside; Lise de Baissac, a composed leader with an analytic mind; and Andrée Borrel, a scrappy tomboy. Called upon to lead the resistance in occupied France, each of them was sent, by parachute or by ship through a sea of U-boats, to infiltrate from within. Among their many firsts, they were the first women deployed in close combat, first women paratroopers to infiltrate enemy territory, first women in active duty special forces, first female commando raiders, and first women signals officers in a war zone.

  • The Floating Feldmans by Elyssa Friedland

    Tuesday, November 19
    7 p.m.
    Te'kela Mexican Cocina Y Cantina, 5147 S. Main St.

$18 Appetizer reception and author presentation  

$28 Appetizer reception, author presentation, and book 


Annette Feldman is turning 70 and she’s determined to use this milestone birthday as an opportunity to bring her family together—whether they like it or not. Begrudgingly, the Feldmans’ middle-aged and secretly debt-ridden daughter Elise prepares her husband Mitch and teenage children Rachel and Darius to set sail. Elise’s older brother Freddy—the family-disappointment-turned-successful-cannibis-entrepreneur—nervously packs his and his significantly younger girlfriend’s bags as well for the family vacation. Over the course of the cruise, troublesome family secrets emerge, sibling rivalries resurface, and old and new resentments are felt, culminating in an all-out brawl on the last night of the trip. Will this argument tear them apart forever? Or, will they realize the people they once thought most likely to sink them may actually be the ones to keep them afloat? 

  • The Color of Love by Marra Gad

    Thursday, November 21
    7 p.m.
    Main Library McMaster Center, 325 N. Michigan St.

$18 Dessert reception and author presentation (books will be available for purchase)

Registration for this event only accepted online through Eventbrite Authors! with Marra Gad. This event is in partnership with the Toledo Lucas County Public Library and Authors!


In 1970, three-day-old Marra B. Gad was adopted by a white Jewish family in Chicago. For her parents, it was love at first sight—but they quickly realized the world wasn’t entirely ready for a family like theirs. Marra’s biological mother was unwed, white, and Jewish, and her biological father was black. While still a child, Marra came to realize that, in her world, she was “a mixed-race, Jewish unicorn.” In black spaces, she was not “black enough.” In Jewish spaces, she was mistaken for the help, asked to leave, or worse. Even in her own extended family, racism bubbled to the surface. Marra’s family cut out those relatives who could not tolerate the color of her skin— including her beloved, glamorous, worldly Great-Aunt Nette. But after an estrangement of 15 years, Marra discovers that Nette has Alzheimer’s, and that only she is in a position to get Nette back to the only family she has left. Marra watches as the disease erases her aunt’s racism, making space for a relationship that was never possible before. At turns heart-wrenching and heartwarming, The Color of Love is a story about what you inherit from your family—and what you choose to do with that inheritance. 

Thank you to our 2019 sponsors