The 2021-2022 Jewish Book Festival Events will be announced 


October 2021 at the Preview Event.


For more information, please email here.


2021-2022 Jewish Book Festival Committee Members

Previous Jewish Book Festival Events




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2020-2021 Jewish Book Festival Brochure

Become a Book Festival Patron

If you become a Patron by February 28, you will be

acknowledged in the April Federation Star


Being a Patron has many advantages:

• Knowing that you support the Book Festival.
• Patrons will be pre-registered for each event.
• Patrons will have an opportunity to greet each other in an informal chat following the conclusion of one or two of the presentations. 
• Patrons will be acknowledged in the Federation Star as well as on the Jewish Book Festival website.
• Patrons receive advance notification of the authors who will participate in the 2021-22 Jewish Book Festival.

PLATINUM PATRON ($500) and SILVER PATRON ($225), will receive three additional benefits:
• The heartwarming feeling that you are helping to financially support the Jewish Book Festival above and beyond the cost of event tickets.
• Invitations to two exclusive (virtual) Patron gatherings with Book Festival authors following their presentations.
• A copy of author Lori Gottlieb’s bestselling book, Maybe You Should Talk to Someone.


The Fine Print: 

  • You will receive a confirmation email after you register.
  • The Zoom link will be emailed 2 hours prior to each event and is good for your entire household.
  • Tickets are not transferable. Please do not forward the Zoom link or you may risk being locked out of the event.
  • Event payments are NOT tax deductible.
  • If a start time or author needs to be changed, you will be notified via email.
  • If an author cancels, every attempt will be made to reschedule the author; your original
    reservation will be good for the rescheduled event. (No refunds unless the entire event is canceled.)
  • Books may be purchased at Barnes & Noble, Waterside Shops, Naples, Fla. and
    online at and


If you have questions, please email Renee', Program Director here.


  • Lori Gottlieb

  • Andrew Blauner

  • Elayne Klasson

  • Nessa Rapoport

  • Lew Paper

  • Rabbi Corinne Copnick

  • Debbie Cenziper

  • Susan Jane Gilman

  • Alexandra Silber

  • Janice Kaplan

  • Jill Wine-Banks

  • Meg Waite Clayton

  • Raffi Berg

  • Alan Zweibel

  • Steven Zipperstein

  • Howard Blum

  • Jonathan Kaufman

  • Neal Bascomb

  • Ariana Neumann

  • Bess Kalb

  • Pamela Nadell

We have a “Zoom-tastic” author lineup, running from 

December 3 to March 30. 

There is a wide variety of genres, with something for everyone!


To learn more about the 2020-21 Greater Naples Jewish Book Festival, watch the Preview Event on the right.


Find out about each of the authors, books, dates, ticket prices and more!  You will also find out how to reserve your Zoom seat for Book Festival events. 


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Preview Event


Thursday, Dec. 3 at 7:30 pm.         



Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, Her Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed by Lori Gottlieb 

Sponsored by

Ginsberg Eye

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This book peeks behind the curtains to discover the world of both clinician and patient. It provides the chance to examine the truths and fictions we tell ourselves and each other. Funny and thought-provoking, Gottlieb’s book reveals what it means to be human, presents an illuminating account of our own mysterious lives, and identifies our power to transform them.

Lori Gottlieb is a psychotherapist and New York Times bestselling author who writes The Atlantic’s weekly “Dear Therapist” advice column. She also writes for The New York Times, and has appeared on The Today Show, Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, CNN and NPR. But, Lori tells us that her most significant credential is not her license or rigorous training, but the fact that she’s “a card-carrying member of the human race.”

Wednesday, Dec. 9 at 7:30 pm


The Peanuts Papers: Writers and Cartoonists on Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the Gang, and the Meaning of Life by Andrew Michael Blauner

Sponsored by

Vi at Bentley Village

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Don’t let this make you feel old: the Peanuts comic strip by the brilliant Charles Schultz this year celebrates its 70th anniversary. Blauner came up with a unique way to pay tribute. He gathered a star-studded roster of 33 writers to dig into the personal truths revealed in Peanuts and its impact on their lives and the broader culture. He asked graphic artists to share their deep admiration for the strip and how it inspired their own art. The result will blanket you in warm-puppy happiness.

Andrew Blauner’s other anthologies include Central Park, Our Boston and In Their Lives: Great Writers on Great Beatles Songs. He lives in New York City.

Friday, Dec. 11 at 10:30-11:45 am (Two-Author Event)


Love is a Rebellious Bird by Elayne Klasson


Evening by Nessa Rapoport

Sponsored by

Collier/Lee Chapter of Hadassah



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Elayne Klasson          

Love is a Rebellious Bird. This fictional account of a sixty-year love affair examines the perennial question of why we love the people we do. Judith and Elliot grow up together in Chicago’s northside neighborhoods, attending Jewish youth groups and summer camps. Although she adores him, they both marry others but remain bound throughout their lives by tragedy and friendship. Only in old age do they come to realize how their relationship has been a cocktail mix of rivalry and loyalty, shaken with a strong jigger of resentment and passion. 








Nessa Rapoport         

Evening. A novel exposing fierce connections between women, this story unfolds day-by-day as a grief-stricken family sits shiva. A secret revealed the day after Tam’s funeral forces her sister Eve to revise her version of her fractured family, her sister’s accomplishments, and her own impeded ambitions in work and love. The revelations illuminate the past, shape the present, and change the way Eve sees her future.

Elayne Klasson was born in Chicago and now lives in California. In her seventies, she has published her first novel—winning and being short-listed for several prizes for contemporary and debut fiction.
















Nessa Rapoport is a novelist, poet and editor. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and many Jewish publications. She lives in New York with her husband, artist Tobi Kahn.



Thursday, Dec. 17 at 1:00 pm


In the Cauldron by Lew Paper

Sponsored by

Men's Cultural Alliance

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In The Cauldron.  In this never-before-told story, Lew Paper recounts the unrelenting efforts of America’s ambassador to Japan to negotiate an agreement between Japan and the U.S. in the months before the Pearl Harbor attack. This nonfiction look at efforts to avert war is filled with hope and heartache, complex and fascinating characters, and a drama befitting the momentous decisions at stake.

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Lew Paper has published five books, including John F. Kennedy: The Promise and the Performance and Brandeis: An Intimate Biography. His articles have appeared in The New York Times and The Washington Post.

Tuesday, Dec. 22 at 1:00 pm


A Rabbi at Sea by Rabbi Corinne Copnick 

Sponsored by

Temple Shalom Sisterhood 


Casual Connection

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A Rabbi At Sea. The author, not content with retirement, began, AT AGE 73, her six-year journey to ordination as a rabbi. Then she mounted an unconventional “pulpit” by becoming a guest rabbi on cruise ships. As she explores Jewish life in the ports touched by the cruise liners, she develops insights about the culture and the people encountered in what she calls this “love letter to the gift of being alive.”

Rabbi Corinne Copnick is a former radio actress and an art gallery owner and has been an award-winning writer throughout. She is the founder of Beit Kulam, an adult education group in Los Angeles.

Click to watch.

Wednesday, Jan. 6 at 3:00 pm


Citizen 865: Hunt for Hitler's Soldiers by Debbie Cenziper 

Sponsored by

Jewish Congregation of Marco Island


John R. Wood Properties

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Citizen 865: Hunt for Hitler’s Soldiers. An investigative journalist and author based in Washington, DC, Cenziper earned the 2007 Pulitzer Prize and the Robert F. Kennedy award for human rights reporting. This book tells a gripping story of Nazi hunters, against the forces of time and political opposition, pursuing WWII mass murderers hiding in the U.S. 

Debbie Cenziper is the director of investigative journalism at Northwestern University. A reporter for The Washington Post, she has won many major awards including the 2007 Pulitzer Prize.

Monday, Jan. 11 at 4:00 pm


Donna Has Left the Building by Susan Jane Gilman

Sponsored by

Daymaker Hair Salon

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Donna Has Left The Building. This edgy Jewish novel by the best-selling author of The Ice Cream Queen of Orchard Street offers a mix of comedy and tragedy, as it takes us on a road trip through friendships, passionate love, and Tikkun Olam. We’ll come away with a better understanding of what it means to love in today’s broken but beautiful world. 

Susan Jane Gilman has written several bestsellers. She has provided commentary for NPR and written for The New York Times, Los Angeles Times and Ms. Magazine.

Thursday, Jan. 14 at 7:30 pm


White Hot Grief Parade by Alexandra Silber 

Sponsored by


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White Hot Grief Parade. When Alexandra’s father dies after a decade-long battle with cancer, his teenage daughter feels like his death is the end of everything. The despondent mother and daughter are joined by three of Al’s friends from theater camp. Told with raw passion, candor and wit, this reminiscence is an ode to the restorative power of family and friendship. Additionally, Al will enthrall us with a couple of songs.

Alexandra Silber is an actress and singer. Among her many credits are starring as Tzeitel in Broadway’s Fiddler on the Roof and as Hodel in London’s West End production. She presented her first book, After Anatevka, at our 2017-18 Book Festival.

Tuesday, Jan. 19 at 10:30-11:45 am (Two-Author Event)  


The Genius of Women by Janice Kaplan


The Watergate Girl by Jill Wine-Banks 

Sponsored by

Senior Housing Solutions


Women's Cultural Alliance







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Click to purchase the book.

The Genius of Women: From Overlooked to Changing the World. Frequently in today’s publishing world, the extension to the title reveals the direction of the narrative. Kaplan, The New York Times bestselling journalist, asks the plaintive question: “Why do 90 percent of Americans believe that geniuses are almost always men?” This book uses her unique mix of memoir, narrative and inspiration to make surprising discoveries about women geniuses now and throughout history. She’d like to banish the idea that a woman is ever “too smart for her own good.”







The Watergate Girl: My Fight for Truth and Justice Against a Criminal President. The author was barely 30 when she became the only woman on the team that prosecuted the highest-ranking White House officials in what the world has forever after known as “Watergate.” The fact that she was called “the mini-skirted lawyer” and “a girl” demonstrates her need to battle to receive the respect accorded her male counterparts. And she prevailed. 

Janice Kaplan enjoyed success as a television producer, writer and journalist. The former editor-in-chief of Parade magazine, she is the author or coauthor of 14 books.
















Jill Wine-Banks is an MSNBC legal analyst. She was one of three assistant Watergate special prosecutors and the first woman to hold numerous legal positions, including general counsel of the U.S. Army and EVP/COO of the American Bar Association.


Monday, Jan. 25 at 1:00 pm


The Last Train to London by Meg Waite Clayton

Sponsored by

Holocaust Museum & Cohen Education Center

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The Last Train to London by Meg Waite Clayton. Based on actual events, this national bestselling novel in the U.S., Canada and Europe tells the story of a Dutch woman who faces down Adolf Eichmann to rescue thousands of children from Nazi-occupied Vienna. Clayton’s screenplay of the novel was chosen for the prestigious The Writers Lab, sponsored by Meryl Streep and Nicole Kidman.

Meg Waite Clayton is the author of seven novels. The Last Train to London, an international bestseller, is being published in 19 languages. Her screenplay for the novel was chosen for the prestigious Meryl Streep and Nicole Kidman-sponsored The Writers Lab.

Wednesday, Feb. 3 at 10:30 am


Red Sea Spies by Raffi Berg

Sponsored by

Jewish National Fund


Naples Jewish Congregation

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Red Sea Spies. Did you know Israel’s Mossad operated a luxury diving resort? Guests from around the world flocked to the resort where staff members were undercover spies working for Israel’s secret service. What began with one cryptic message pleading for help morphed into the secret evacuation to Israel of thousands of Ethiopian Jews. The author—Middle East editor of the BBC News website—has extensive experience reporting on Israel and the wider region.

Raffi Berg, the Middle East editor of the BBC News website, has extensive experience reporting on Israel and the wider region. The article that precipitated this book was the most-read original feature in the site’s history, with more than 5.5 million readers.

Monday, Feb. 8 at 7:30 pm


Laugh Lines by Alan Zweibel 

Sponsored by

Men's Cultural Alliance


Alison Craig Home Furnishings

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Laugh Lines: My Life Helping Funny People Be Funnier. This author is familiar to our Festival audience from previous presentations here, but we bring him back to talk about this new book. It weaves his own stories, especially from his Emmy-winning years as a Saturday Night Live writer, with interviews of his famous friends and contemporaries. The book thus becomes a humorous and warmhearted cultural memoir of American comedy.

Alan Zweibel has won numerous awards for his work in television. He collaborated with Billy Crystal on the Tony Award–winning Broadway play 700 Sundays and won the Thurber Prize for American Humor for his novel, The Other Shulman.

Wednesday, Feb. 10 at 1:00 pm


Law and the Arab-Israeli Conflict by Steven E. Zipperstein

Sponsored by

Wollman Gehrke & Associates

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Law and the Arab-Israeli Conflict: The Trials of Palestine. In the late 1920s and 1930s, the Arab-Jewish conflict in Palestine had become as much a battle fought in the courtroom as in the streets. It played out in three separate, little-known trials. This book paints a brilliant portrait of how the arguments the parties made in those three trials continue to resonate in the conflict today, nearly 100 years later. Zipperstein, a former U.S. federal prosecutor, is a Senior Fellow at the Center for Middle East Development at UCLA’s Global Studies program and School of Public Affairs.  

Steven E. Zipperstein, a former U.S. federal prosecutor, is a Senior Fellow at the Center for Middle East Development at UCLA’s Global Studies program and School of Public Affairs. 

Monday, Feb. 15 at 1:00 pm


Night of the Assassins by Howard Blum 

Sponsored by

Beth Tikvah

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Night of the Assassins: The Untold Story of Hitler’s Plot to Kill FDR, Churchill and Stalin. At a top-secret conference in Tehran in 1943, President Roosevelt, Prime Minister Churchill and Premier Stalin meet to discuss further prosecution of the war, which for the Nazis was sliding toward defeat. Hitler saw it as his last chance to turn the tide and devised a plan to assassinate the Allied leaders. A hand-picked team of Nazi commandos have six days to accomplish their daring assignment. Pitted against them is the head of FDR’s Secret Service detail and a Soviet agent from the NKVD, precursor to the KGB. This harrowing nonfiction tale by an award-winning, bestselling author unfolds like a page-turner novel.

Howard Blum is the author of numerous The New York Times bestsellers including American Lightning. While at The New York Times, he was twice nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting.

Sunday, Feb. 21 at 7:30 pm


The Last Kings of Shanghai by Jonathan Reed Kaufman 

Sponsored by

TOP Jewish Foundation


Women's Cultural Alliance

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The Last Kings of Shanghai. This is the little-known history of the Sassoons and the Kadoories, two Jewish families originally from Baghdad, who held great influence in Chinese business and politics for more than 175 years, helping to create Modern China. Kaufman, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and China bureau chief for The Wall Street Journal, also tells how the families joined together to rescue and protect 18,000 Jewish refugees fleeing Nazism.

Jonathan Kaufman is a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter who has written and reported on China for thirty years. He is the director of the School of Journalism at Northeastern University in Boston.

People of the Book 

Wednesday, March 3 at 7:30 pm


Faster by Neal Bascomb 

Sponsored by

Temple Shalom Men's Club

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Faster: How a Jewish Driver, an American Heiress and a Legendary Car Beat Hitler’s Best. Bascomb, The New York Times best-selling author of The Winter Fortress, Hunting Eichmann and The Perfect Mile, brings to our annual People of the Book event a compelling tale of three misfits whose prowess gave Hitler his comeuppance. In the 1930s Hitler dominated the apex of motorsport, the Grand Prix—until this unlikely trio orchestrated the race that Hitler made every effort to erase from history. This book chronicles one of the most inspiring, death-defying upsets of all time. Some of the author’s research for this book was done at the Revs Institute here in Naples.

Neal Bascomb is the award-winning and New York Times best-selling author of The Winter Fortress, Hunting Eichmann and The Perfect Mile.

Thursday, March 11 at 1:00 pm


When Time Stopped by Ariana Neumann 

Sponsored by

Holocaust Museum & Cohen Education Center

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When Time Stopped: A Memoir of My Father’s War and What Remains. This true story reads like fiction—and may seem difficult to believe. Of 34 Neumann family members, 25 were murdered by the Nazis. One of the survivors was the author’s father, who built an industrial empire in Venezuela but could never talk about the unspeakable experiences of the Holocaust. After he died, Ariana found a trove of letters, diary entries and other items. They launched her on a worldwide search to discover more about how a family finds meaning and manages to survive amid the worst that can be imagined.

Ariana Neumann grew up in Venezuela. She taught at New York University, before moving to the UK. When Time Stopped is her first book.

Monday, March 15 at 1:00 pm

Nobody Will Tell You This But Me by Bess Kalb 

Sponsored by

Naples Senior Center

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Nobody Will Tell You This But Me: A True (as Told to Me) Story. Emmy-nominated TV writer for Jimmy Kimmel Live, and contributor to The New Yorker, Bess Kalb saved her grandmother Bobby’s voicemails. Bobby doted on Bess. Bess adored Bobby. When Bobby died at age 90, Bess was not surprised that her voice continued to speak to her. This debut memoir channels the grandmother who regales Bess with stories of four generations of indomitable women and the men who loved them.

Bess Kalb is an Emmy-nominated writer who credits include “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” This best-selling memoir is currently slated to be an upcoming feature film.

Tuesday, March 30 at 7:30 pm

America's Jewish Women by Pamela S. Nadell 

Winner of the 2019 Book of the Year Award from the Jewish Book Council

Sponsored by

Women's Cultural Alliance

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America’s Jewish Women: A History from Colonial Times to Today. In a gripping historical narrative, the author weaves together the stories of a diverse group of extraordinary people, including such luminaries as Grace Nathan, Emma Lazarus, Bessie Hillman and Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Together, they showcase how Jewish women maintained their identity and influenced social activism as they wrote themselves into American history. Twin threads bind these women: a strong sense of self and a resolute commitment to making the world a better place.

Pamela S. Nadell is an American historian, researcher, author and lecturer focusing on Jewish history.

All authors appearing at the Greater Naples Jewish Book Festival are members of the Jewish Book Council Network.

Enjoy these comments from authors who participated in the 2019-2020 Jewish Book Festival 


I was honored to return to the Naples Jewish Book Festival for a second time. This event is unparalleled for its event management, publicity, attendance and hospitality. In just a few short years, this festival has grown exponentially in quality and size to become the gold standard among Jewish Book Festivals, a model for other communities and a treasured institution among Southwest Florida's cultural and literary offerings.

~ Pam Jenoff, The Lost Girls of Paris


 From each and every small detail to the incredible decorations to the huge crowd, full of enthusiasm and great stories and questions, I could not have asked for a better way to end the year and my first book tour. Everything I heard about the Greater Naples Jewish Book Festival was true and I am so grateful for all the effort that each of you put into this.

~ Adam Chandler, Drive-Thru Dreams


Thank you, your terrific staff, my hospitable champion Ida Margolis and all the wonderful people of Naples for making last night such a memorable one for Dave, Adam and myself. We had as good a time as your audience appeared to have had. We look forward to coming back again.

~ Alan Zweibel, A Field Guide To The Jewish People


Thank you all so much for creating such a fun and memorable stay! My time in Naples was definitely one of the great highlights of my tour, in every way.  The Naples community is a very special one, and I was delighted to get to know you all.

~Elizabeth Weitzman, Renegade Women in Film & TV



Naples is the absolutely warmest community. I was so honored to kick off their spectacular book festival.  I would go back to Naples in an instant!

~Elyssa Friedland, The Floating Feldmans


Why else do we tell stories if it’s not to have the chance to connect them with the sort of passionate and engaged audience I found in Naples. Thank you to the Greater Naples Jewish Book Festival team.

~Jack Fairweather, The Volunteer


I can’t thank you enough for giving me this opportunity. Naples was the highlight of my book tour. 

~Josh Frank, Giraffes on Horseback Salad


It Happened in Naples, by Stephen M. Silverman                                          Dec. 26, 2019

Somehow it seems perfect that my appearance at the Greater Naples Jewish Book Festival took place so close to Hanukkah, because the experience was a joyful and enlightening holiday.

First of all, there was the highly engaged audience, which not only asked thoughtful questions (and listened to the answers!), but also contributed their own colorful anecdotes to the narrative at hand – the 900-year history of amusement parks. One audience member even came dressed in a fortune teller's costume.  Carole Greene was my champion. A graceful and gifted writer in her own right,

Talk about a Hanukkah miracle.

~Stephen M. Silverman, The Amusement Park

Thank you to the 2019-20 Greater Naples Jewish Book Festival authors, sponsors, patrons, ticket buyers, committee members, Federation staff, volunteers and venues for making the festival a huge success!

Thank you to our
Jewish Book Festival Sponsors!

Links to our 2019-2020 Sponsors' websites: