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12th Annual Jewish Literary Festival To Feature Georgetown University Artistic Director
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The 12th Annual Hyman S. & Freda Bernstein Jewish Literary Festival, presented by the Washington DC Jewish Community Center’s Morris Cafritz Center for the Arts, will celebrate the year’s best in Jewish writing. The festival features a selection of authors who have received national recognition for their works, including rave reviews from publications including The Washington Post and The New York Times. The Festival runs from October 17–27, 2010. A full list of events and descriptions can be found at washingtondcjcc.org/litfest.

The works selected for presentation during this year’s Festival will appeal to book-lovers with diverse interests including history, humor, fiction, politics, children’s stories and many more. The Festival opens on Sunday, October 17, with stagings of various authors’ works on the theme of Jewish immigration around the world, adapted and directed by Derek Goldman, Artistic Director of the Davis Performing Arts Center at Georgetown University. Festival highlights include: Bestselling author Allegra Goodman of The Cookbook Collector; an LGBT program with Miryam Kabakov, editor of and contributing author to Keep Your Wives Away from Them: Orthodox Women, Unorthodox Desires; and the Washington, DC premiere of Sayed Kashua: Forever Scared, a documentary about the award-winning Arab-Israeli author and screenwriter. Rebecca Newberger Goldstein, author of the critically acclaimed novel 36 Arguments for the Existence of God, will be closing the Festival on October 27 in conversation with Ron Charles of The Washington Post.

“We are very excited about the authors we’re bringing to the Hyman S. & Freda Bernstein Jewish Literary Festival this year,” says Lili Kalish Gersch, Festival Director. “I’m looking forward to fascinating discussions about Jewish comedy, Iraqi Jewish communities, the interplay of faith and reason, truth in memoir and Jewish cowboys. These authors have really astounded me; this is going to be a great Festival.”

During the 10-day event, attendees will have the opportunity to engage with featured authors and enjoy thoughtful, provocative and humorous talks and readings. 

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