Jason Mark Alster (Leaving Home, Going Home, Returning Home: A Hebrew American's Sojourn in the Land of Israel) lives in suburban Hartford, Connecticut, where he works in neurodiagnostics technology and biofeedback. He is also interested in psychophysiology research and learning strategies. Jason's talks center on his expectations and experiences in Israel, and on his return to the United States. He lived in Israel for 23 years, through the Intifadas and the Gulf Wars as well as during the peace agreements with Jordan and the Palestinians. He is willing to travel to most places in the United States. To arrange a program, email him at email@example.com or visit his website: http://jasonalster.googlepages.com/leavinghome,goinghome,returninghome.
Andrée Aelion Brooks (Russian Dance: A True Story of Intrigue and Passion in Stalinist Moscow,
The Woman Who Defied Kings: The Life and Times of Dona Gracia Nasi,
and Out of Spain: An Educational Program for Children Covering the History and Culture of Sephardic Jewry is a journalist and lecturer in Westport, Connecticut. A National Jewish Book Award finalist, Brooks gives talks on unexplored aspects of Jewish history based on the research behind her books and on recent news articles. Her talks include "The Ancient Origin of Merchant Jews and Their Impact on Jewish History," "The Cradle of Jewish Life in Europe and the Birth of Ashkenaz," " The Incredible Story of Dona Gracia Nasi: a Woman Leader during the Renaissance," and "Jewish Pirates of the Caribbean: Serious History Builds on a Legend." Brooks is willing to travel anywhere, provided her travel costs are covered. To arrange a program, email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit her website www.andreeaelionbrooks.com.
Martin Schiller (Bread, Butter, and Sugar: A Boy's Journey Through the Holocaust and Postwar Europe), a retired electrical engineer and former consultant for air pollution control, lives in Fairfield, Connecticut. He is a survivor of the Skarzysko-Kamienna and Buchenwald camps and gives these Holocaust-related talks: "Survival and Responsibility," "The Responsibility of Freedom," "The Burden of Survival," and "Remembering the Past." Schiller is willing to travel anywhere within the U.S. and Canada. To arrange a program, email him at email@example.com or visit his website www.breadbutterandsugar.com.
Sarah Marwil Lamstein (Annie's Shabbat
Letter on the Wind: A Chanukah Tale) lives in Newton, Massachusetts, where she is a puppeteer and writer. Winner of a Sydney Taylor Honor Book Award, Lamstein offers school and library visits for children in grades K-5 in which she discusses how her books were born and her writing process, sharing stories of why there is no chopped liver in Annie's Shabbat and how Letter in the Wind began as a Passover tale. Her multimedia presentations, involving shadow puppetry, music, and slides, are highly interactive. Lamstein is willing to travel anywhere throughout the U.S. To arrange a program, email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit her website www.sarahlamstein.com.
Richard Michelson (Across the Alley,
As Good As Anybody: Martin Luther King and Abraham Joshua Heschel's Amazing March Toward Freedom,
A is for Abraham: A Jewish Family Alphabet,
and Too Young for Yiddish) lives in Amherst, Massachusetts. Owner of R. Michelson Galleries, he represents Jewish artists such as Leonard Baskin, Leonard Nimoy, Mordicai Gerstein, and Neil Waldman. A National Jewish Book Award finalist and winner of a Sydney Taylor Book Award and Sydney Taylor Honor Book Award, Michelson gives these talks: "Too Young for Yiddish: How Language Affects Culture/Jewish Identity in the American Melting Pot," "No, and I Can't Dance Either: Writing Across Racial Lines (Being Jewish and Writing in Other Voices)," and "How Young Is Too Young?: Picture Books about the Holocaust." He is willing to travel throughout the United States. To arrange a program, email Michelson at RM@RMichelson.com or visit his website www.RichardMichelson.com.
Lesléa Newman (Runaway Dreidl!,
Matzo Ball Moon,
The Eight Nights of Chanukkah,
and A Letter to Harvey Milk: Short Stories) lives in Northampton, Massachusetts. Winner of a Gemini Award, she gives a talk for grades 1-5 entitled "Dreidels, Maidels and Ladles!" in which she shows students how a book is created from start to finish. Her talk includes early handwritten drafts, artist's sketches, book dummies, and press sheets. With photographs from her childhood, she shows students where her ideas come from, and how the people in her family appear in her books. Newman also gives a talk for adults entitled "How Can You Be a Lesbian—You're Jewish!" She reads from her poetry and from her short story collection A Letter to Harvey Milk while exploring themes of Jewish and lesbian identity: where the two intersect and where the two collide. Newman is willing to travel anywhere. To arrange a program, email her at email@example.com or visit her websites www.lesleanewman.com and www.lesleakids.com.
Alan Radding (Miracles: Stories for Jewish Children and Their Families), lives in Newton, Massachusetts. A freelance writer, ghostwriter, and lay leader of his synagogue's children's service, he gives readings of his original stories for children in synagogues, schools, summer camps, and Jewish Community Centers throughout the New England area. Radding is willing to travel anywhere within a day's drive of Boston. To arrange a program, contact him by phone at 617-332-4369, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit his website www.jewishfamilystories.com.
Rabbi Dennis S. Ross (God in Our Relationships: Spirituality Between People from the Teachings of Martin Buber and The Ten Commandments: From the Shadow of Eden to the Promise of Canaan) is the rabbi at Temple Emanuel in Worcester, Massachusetts, and serves as director of Concerned Clergy for Choice for the Education Fund of Family Planning Advocates of New York State in Albany. Rabbi Ross gives talks on "Spirituality in Relationships from the Teachings of Martin Buber," "The Hasidic Stories of Martin Buber," "Religious Support for Stem Cell Research," and "Jewish Views of Intimate Relations, Birth Control and Abortion." Although most of his speaking is in the Northeast, he is willing to travel anywhere in the U.S. To arrange a program with Rabbi Ross, email him directly at email@example.com.
Peter Zheutlin (Around the World on Two Wheels: Annie Londonderry's Extraordinary Ride) is a freelance journalist in Needham, Massachusetts. He offers a PowerPoint presentation in which he takes readers back to the 1890s and explores the connections between the bicycle craze, the women's suffrage movement, and globalization. Zheutlin shows how these forces created the fertile ground for Annie Cohen Kopchovsky, a Jewish housewife and mother, to become the first international female sports star under her pseudonym Annie Londonderry, taken from her first corporate sponsor: the Londonderry Lithia Spring Water Company of New Hampshire. Zheutlin is willing to travel anywhere in North America. To arrange a program, email him at firstname.lastname@example.org, phone 781-444-9056, or visit his website www.annielondonderry.com.
Rebecca Kohn (The Gilded Chamber
Seven Days to the Sea) lives in Hanover, New Hampshire, where she writes full time. Kohn gives talks on "How the Stories of Biblical Heroines Can Inspire Us Today," "The Importance of Jewish History to Contemporary Jews," and "How to Make Torah More Meaningful in Our Lives," along with a seminar on character development for novice fiction writers. She is willing to travel anywhere as long as her expenses are paid. Email Kohn at email@example.com or visit her website rebeccakohn.com.
Deborah Bodin Cohen (Engineer Ari and the Rosh Hashanah Ride,
Lilith's Ark: Teenage Tales of Biblical Women,
and The Seventh Day: A Shabbat Story) lives in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, where she is the Rabbi for Lifelong Education at Temple Emanuel. Winner of a National Jewish Book Award, Rabbi Cohen gives interactive and discussion-based talks for a variety of age groups, from young children to teengers and parents, and often includes craft projects, creative writing exercises, or text study. She is willing to tailor her talks to meet the needs of the group. Some of her topics are: "Torah for Today's Teen—Creating Modern Midrash," "The Seventh Day—Celebration and Craft," "Riding the Jaffa-Jersalem Railway with Engineer Ari," and "Jewish Children's Books for Interfaith Families." Rabbi Cohen travels within the U.S. for a limited number of speaking engagements each year. To arrange a program, contact her at DebBoCo@comcast.net or visit her website www.deborahbodincohen.com.
Poopa Dweck (Aromas of Aleppo: The Legendary Cuisine of Syrian Jews) lives in Deal, New Jersey. Winner of a National Jewish Book Award, she gives talks to Jewish organizations and culinary retailers and organizations on "Preserving the Unique Customs, Rich Legacy, and Extraordinary Cuisine of Jewish Aleppo," "Holidays, Traditions, and Enticing Foods of Aleppian Syrian Jews," and "The Aleppian Woman's Spiritual Role in Drawing the Divine Presence into Her Home." Dweck is willing to travel anywhere. To arrange a program, contact her through the HarperCollins Speakers Bureau at 212-207-7100, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or through the HarperCollins Speakers Bureau website www.HarperCollinsSpeakersBureau.com.
Rabbi Dov Peretz Elkins (Chicken Soup for the Jewish Soul,
The Wisdom of Judaism: An Introduction to the Values of the Talmud,
Yom Kippur Readings: Inspiration, Information, and Contemplation,
and The Bible's Top Fifty Ideas: The Essential Concepts Everyone Should Know) is Rabbi Emeritus of The Jewish Center in Princeton, New Jersey. Winner of a National Book Award, Rabbi Elkins gives talks on "Jewish Stories: The Key to Transmitting Jewish Values," "Shabbat: A Day for the Rest of Your Life," "The Bible's Top 50 Ideas," and "Judaism and the Environment." He is willing to travel anywhere. To arrange a program, email Rabbi Elkins at DPE@JewishGrowth.org or visit his websites www.JewishGrowth.org, WisdomOfJudaism.org, and www.Eco-Judaism.org.
Matthew Gewirtz (The Gift of Grief: Finding Peace, Transformation, and Renewed Life After Great Sorrow) lives in Maplewood, New Jersey. The senior rabbi of Temple B'nai Jeshurun in Short Hills, New Jersey, he gives these talks: "A Time to Prepare," "Surrender Before Tragedy," "The Light at Our Core," and "Healthy Versus Unhealthy Religion." Rabbi Gewirtz specializes in speaking about grief and is willing to travel anywhere. To arrange a program with him, contact Ingrid Hawkinson, associate publicist of Ten Speed Press, at (510) 559-1600 x 3065 or email@example.com, or visit the Temple B'nai Jeshurun website www.TJB.org.
Arthur Goldberg (Light in the Closet: Torah, Homosexuality, and the Power to Change), lives in Jersey City, New Jersey, where he is co-director of JONAH (Jews Offering New Alternatives to Homosexuality). He gives these talks: "What the Torah Really Says About Sexual Confusion, Including Homosexuality," "How to Overcome Same Sex Attraction," "The Unfortunate Effects of Today's Permissive Social and Culture Climate," and "How Political Correctness Affects Public School Systems and Public Libraries." He is willing to travel anywhere. To arrange a program, email Goldberg at firstname.lastname@example.org, phone 201-434-6629 or 917-929-0087, or visit his website www.jonahweb.org.
Barbara Kessel (Suddenly Jewish: Jews Raised as Gentiles Discover Their Jewish Roots) is the director of administration for the Board of Jewish Education of Greater New York. A freelance writer of nonfiction and poetry, she lives in Edison, New Jersey. In her talks, Kessel explores the phenomenon of people who discovered as adults that they are of Jewish descent. For many, the discovery of Jewish roots confirmed long-held suspicions or even, more mysteriously, conformed to a long-felt attraction toward Judaism. Kessel also recounts interviews she didn't have room to include in her book. She is willing to travel anywhere. To arrange a program, email Kessel at email@example.com.
Anna Olswanger (Shlemiel Crooks) is a literary agent with Liza Dawson Associates in New York and the coordinator of the Jewish Children's Book Writers' Conference each fall at the 92nd Street Y. She lives in Fair Lawn, New Jersey. A Sydney Taylor Honor Book Award winner and a Koret International Jewish Book Award finalist, Olswanger gives talks to adults on "How to Get Your Children's Book (or Any Book) Published from a Literary Agent's Point of View" and "Helping Children Write Fiction from Family History." She visits schools and libraries to give talks to children about the research behind Shlemiel Crooks and how writers of any age can research their family history and use it to write short fiction. Olswanger is willing to travel anywhere. To arrange a program, email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit her websites www.shlemielcrooks.com and www.olswanger.com.
Rosalind Reisner (Jewish American Literature: A Guide to Reading Interests), a librarian, divides her time between Ocean, New Jersey (Monmouth County), and New York City. Winner of the Best Reference Book Award from the Association of Jewish Libraries, she gives two talks based on her book: "Hungry Hearts: 350 Years of American Jewish History in Fiction and Memoirs" and "Beyond Faye Kellerman and The Red Tent: Great Jewish Mysteries, Thrillers and Historical Fiction." Reisner is willing to travel throughout the Eastern corridor from Boston to Washington, DC, including Baltimore and Metro New York City. To arrange a program, email her at email@example.com.
Rabbi Ilene Schneider (Chanukah Guilt and Talk Dirty Yiddish: Beyond Drek: The Curses, Slang, and Street Lingo You Need to Know When You Speak Yiddish) lives in Marlton, New Jersey, where she is coordinator of the Jewish Hospice Program of Samaritan Hospice. In addition to giving book readings and signings, she speaks on "What Makes a Jewish Mystery Jewish," "Judaism and Ecology" (specifically birding), and "Why Jewish Hospice?" She is willing to travel anywhere as long as her expenses are covered. To arrange a program with Rabbi Schneider, email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit her website rabbiavivacohenmysteries.com.
Elka Weber (The Yankee at the Seder) lives in Teaneck, New Jersey. A former history teacher with a Ph.D. in Middle Eastern Studies, Weber gives talks in bookstores, synagogues, and libraries on "History is a Story: How to Use Real Events as the Basis for Books." She also gives talks in schools to junior high and high school students on "Read, Write, Revise: How to Get Started." She is willing to travel anywhere in the U.S. and Canada if her expenses are covered. To arrange a program, contact Weber at email@example.com, through her website www.elkaweber.com, or through Tricycle Press publicist Hayley Gonnason at firstname.lastname@example.org, phone 510-559-1600, ext. 3087.
Haggai Carmon (The Red Syndrome: A Dan Gordon Intelligence Thriller and Triple Identity: A Dan Gordon Intelligence Thriller) lives in Long Island, New York, where he is an international attorney representing the U.S. Department of Justice in its Israeli litigation. On assignment by several federal agencies, Carmon has gathered legal intelligence around the world in complex, multimillion dollar cases, most involving money laundering. In his talks, he describes his real-life adventures that have inspired his intelligence thrillers. Carmon is willing to travel anywhere within the Tri-state area of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut; he is willing to travel elsewhere as long as his travel expenses are paid. To arrange a program, contact him at email@example.com, phone 212-751-0406, or visit his websites www.tripleidentity.com and www.carmonlaw.com.
Esther Cohen (Book Doctor,
Don't Mind Me and Other Jewish Lies,
God is a Tree: Middle-Aged Prayers,
and No Charge for Looking) lives in New York City where she is Executive Director of Bread and Roses, the national non-profit cultural program of New York's union for health care workers. Winner of a Pure Visionary Award for a photographic project she initiated to give cameras and photography lessons to working men and women across the country, Cohen is a storyteller and humorist who gives talks on "Good Jewish Stories," "Jews and Books," and "Middle-Aged Prayers." She is willing to travel anywhere within commuting distance of New York City, and elsewhere if her expenses are covered. To arrange a program, email Cohen at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit her website www.esthercohen.com.
Janice Eidus (The War of the Rosens), a novelist, short story writer, essayist, and writing coach, lives in Brooklyn, New York and San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. She has twice won the O.Henry Prize for her short stories, as well as a Pushcart Prize. Eidus gives talks throughout the U.S., Europe, and Central America on "Reading and Writing Jewish: Literary Heritage from a Writer's Perspective," "The Multiracial Jewish Family: Transformation and Creativity," and "Growing Up As a Secular Jew and Writing About It." In her talks, she includes readings from her fiction and nonfiction about Jewish identity. Her forthcoming novel is The Last Jewish Virgin. Her work appears in such anthologies as The Oxford Book of Jewish Stories; Neurotica: Jewish Writers on Sex; Scribblers on the Roof: Contemporary Jewish Fiction; and Promised Lands: New American Fiction on Longing and Belonging, and in such leading journals as The New York Times, The Forward, Jewish Currents, and Tikkun. To arrange a program, email Eidus at CasaJanice@me.com or visit her website www.janiceeidus.com.
David Evanier (The Great Kisser,
and The One-Star Jew) lives in Brooklyn, New York, where he teaches and writes full time. Winner of the Aga Khan Fiction Prize, Evanier gives talks on "Jewish Fiction in a Post-Holocaust World," "Turning Life Experience into Fiction," "Why I Write," and "Mentors and Friends: A Writer's Journey." He is willing to travel anywhere. To arrange a program, email Evanier at email@example.com or visit his website www.davidevanier.com.
Amalia Hoffman, author and illustrator of Purim Goodies and The Klezmer Bunch, lives in Larchmont, New York where she designs unique store window displays. She is the recipient of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators Portfolio Award in Fantasy and a finalist in the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators storytelling competition. She gives programs for grades K-5 in themed costumes, with music, sing-a-long, and props. "Purim Goodies" includes a hamantaschen baking demonstration; "The Klezmer Bunch" includes storytelling with a puppet and klezmer dancing; and "The Mystery of the Cairo Genizah" includes a treasure hunt in which children learn the meaning of genizah and "discover" medieval manuscripts found in a synagogue in Cairo. Hoffman gives workshops for grades 3-6: "Create Magic with Paper," in which children make three dimensional cards for the Jewish holidays; and "Tap your Imagination," in which she explores the power of imagination in creating picture books. Hoffman will travel anywhere in the U.S. and in Israel. To arrange a program and view demonstration videos, email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit her website amaliahoffman.com.
Sandra Hurtes (On My Way To Someplace Else: Essays by a Daughter of Holocaust Survivors) lives in New York City, where she is a lecturer in the English Department at John Jay College. The recipient of an award from the American Jewish Press Association in 2005 for her Hadassah Magazine article "The People We Love and Create," Hurtes is available to speak about being the daughter of Holocaust survivors and on the mother/daughter relationship in the light of that history. She also gives talks on the topics "Writing Personal Essays" and "The Memoir Dilemma." Sandra Hurtes will travel within the New York/New Jersey/Connecticut region and to Philadelphia and Washington, DC, and elsewhere if her expenses are covered. To arrange a program, contact Hurtes via email at email@example.com or visit her website, www.sandrahurtes.com.
Ann D. Koffsky (Eight Nights for Eight Lights,
More Than Matzah: A Passover Feast of Fun, Facts, and Activities,
My Cousin Tamar Lives in Israel,
and Shabbat Shalom!) lives in West Hempstead, New York, where she creates art for children's books, greeting cards, and toys. Koffsky gives school and library talks for children in grades K-6. Using her books as a starting point, she discusses composition, color choices, working with research, and the process of illustration from the first sketch to the final book. Her program is interactive with a sketching demonstration, grab bag of props, and sometimes a craft from one of her books. Koffsky is willing to travel anywhere. To arrange a program, email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit her website www.annkoffsky.com.
Sandy Lanton (Daddy's Chair
Lots of Latkes) lives in Plainview, Long Island, New York. Winner of the Sydney Taylor Book Award, Lanton gives presentations to students in pre-K to second grade about how a book is made. She gives three writing workshops for grades 3-12: "Show, Don't Tell," "Using Sensory Details," and "Major Dramatic Question—The Secret to Plot." Lanton has a certificate in Bereavement Counseling from the SIDS Center at SUNY Stony Brook, and for teachers, parents, and librarians, gives talks about bibliotherapy and the ways children react to death at different developmental ages. Lanton is willing to travel anywhere. Email her at email@example.com or visit her website www.sandylanton.com.
Jay Michaelson (Everything is God: The Radical Path of Nondual Judaism;
God in Your Body: Kabbalah, Mindfulness, and Embodied Spiritual Practice;
Az Yashir Moshe: A Book of Songs and Blessings;
Az Yashir Moshe: A Book of Songs and Blessings lives in New York State, where he is the executive director of the nonprofit organization Nehirim: GLBT Jewish Culture and Spirituality, and a columnist for The Forward and The Huffington Post. His talks - academic lectures, literary conversations, poetry performances, and spiritual classes - cover a range of topics, including "What is Spirituality?", "Judaism and Homosexuality," "The New Jewish Culture," and "God Does not Exist, God is Existence Itself: The Radical Path of Nondual Judaism." He is willing to travel anywhere. To arrange a program, contact Jay directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit his website at www.jaymichaelson.net, where podcasts and interviews are available.
Bob Morris (Assisted Loving: True Tales of Double Dating with my Father) lives in New York City, where he is a frequent commentator on National Public Radio's "All Things Considered." When Morris talks on the Jewish aspect of his book, he tells the story of a Jewish widower and son both looking for love against the odds, while emphasizing the uniqueness of Jewish guilt among his Boomer generation. All his topics spring from his culturally Jewish upbringing that values finding a partner to share love and life with. Morris is willing to travel anywhere. To arrange a program, contact him through the HarperCollins Speakers Bureau at 212-207-7100, email@example.com, or www.HarperCollinsSpeakersBureau.com.
Christos Nicola (The Secret of Priest's Grotto: A Holocaust Survival Story) lives in Astoria, New York, where he is a New York State Professional Conduct Investigator. Winner of a Sydney Taylor Honor Book Award, Nicola gives these talks: "Cave Exploration around the World," "Survival in Extreme Conditions," "Climbing and Rappel Techniques," and motivational talks, such as how the Jews featured in The Secret of Priest's Grotto: A Holocaust Survival Story survived the Holocaust by taking refuge in a cave for a year. Nicola is wiling to travel anywhere, as long as his travel, lodging, and meal expenses are covered. To arrange a program, email Kar-Ben Publishing at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit Nicola's website www.priestsgrotto.com.
Rosalind Reisner (Jewish American Literature: A Guide to Reading Interests), a librarian, divides her time between New York City and Ocean, New Jersey (Monmouth County). Winner of the Best Reference Book Award from the Association of Jewish Libraries, she gives two talks based on her book: "Hungry Hearts: 350 Years of American Jewish History in Fiction and Memoirs" and "Beyond Faye Kellerman and The Red Tent: Great Jewish Mysteries, Thrillers and Historical Fiction." Reisner is willing to travel throughout the Eastern corridor from Boston to Washington, DC, including Baltimore and Metro New York City. To arrange a program, email her at email@example.com.
Debra L. Schultz, Ph.D. (Going South: Jewish Women in the Civil Rights Movement) is a writer, historian, and human rights consultant based in Brooklyn, New York. She gives talks throughout the area on "Jews and Social Justice," "Jews and Race," and "The Politics of Holocaust Memory." A long-time global women's rights activist, Schultz also addresses the history, development, and challenges of women's movements worldwide, including the history of Jewish women's activism in Eastern Europe and the United States. She is willing to travel anywhere if her expenses are covered. To arrange a program with Dr. Schultz, email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Arthur Schwartz (Arthur Schwartz's Jewish Home Cooking: Yiddish Recipes Revisited) lives in Brooklyn, New York, where he writes and lectures about food history and cooking and does restaurant consulting. Winner of Best American Cookbook and Cookbook of the Year, he gives these talks: "Jewish Home Cooking: Yiddish Recipes Revisited" and "Why Jews Love Food." Schwartz teaches cooking in the U.S. and Italy, and is willing to travel anywhere. To arrange a program, email him at email@example.com, phone 718-783-2626, or visit his website www.thefoodmaven.com.
Steve Sheinkin (The Adventures of Rabbi Harvey,
Rabbi Harvey Rides Again) is a writer/illustrator in Brooklyn, New York. Sheinkin gives talks around the country about the stories behind his comics, specifically about the traditional Jewish sources behind Harvey's adventures and the process of adapting them into comics set in the Wild West. He also gives an interactive workshop for kids ages 10-12 called "Making Your Own Graphic Novels," in which he shows sample stories, visual sources, and steps in the process of making comics. Sheinkin is willing to travel anywhere in the U.S. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit his website www.rabbiharvey.com .
Leora Skolkin-Smith (Edges: O Israel, O Jerusalem) is a full-time writer in New York City. Nominated by Grace Paley for a PEN Ernest Hemingway Award, Skolkin-Smith gives talks on "Gender Issues and Mother/Daughter Relationships in Jewish Fiction," "Writing About War in Fiction," "Israel and Palestine in Fiction," and "From Novel to Feature Film" (the last about her novel's acquisition by Triboro Pictures). Skolkin-Smith is willing to travel anywhere. To arrange a program, email her at email@example.com or visit her website www.leoraskolkinsmith.com.
Sara Stave (Siddur Sababa) lives in New York City, New York. A teacher in the Jewish Studies department at the Solomon Schechter Day School in Bergen County, New Jersey, Stave gives talks on "Connecting Tefillah to Tikkun Olam" and "Creating a Tefillah Curriculum for Middle School." She is willing to travel anywhere in the U.S. To arrange a program, email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit her website http://sabababooks.com.
Ronna Wineberg (Second Language) lives in New York City, where she is Senior Fiction Editor of the Bellevue Literary Review. Winner of the New Rivers Press Many Voices Project Literary Competition and a Fellowship in Fiction from the New York Foundation for the Arts, Wineberg gives readings from her book and a talk in which she discusses how being Jewish affects the lives and choices of her characters. In a second talk entitled "Second Language: Forging a Partnership Between Literature and Medicine," she refers to stories in the book about aging and illness, and discusses the importance of literature to medicine and the need for empathy between doctor and patients. Wineberg is willing to travel anywhere. To arrange a program, contact her by email at email@example.com or visit her website www.RonnaWineberg.com.
Michele Zackheim (Einstein's Daughter: The Search for Lieserl and Violette's Embrace) lives in New York City where she teaches a master's class at the School of Visual Arts on writing from a visual perspective. When Zackheim gives talks about the Jewish aspect of her books, she describes growing up in a little town in California with no Jews and making Einstein her idol and reason for withstanding the ugliness she experienced as a Jew. She also describes how the memoir part of Violette's Embrace reflects what she knew about life as a Jew in a small town. Zackheim will travel anywhere as long as her expenses are covered. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit her website www.MicheleZackheim.com.
Sharon Reiss Baker (A Nickel, A Trolley, A Treasure House) lives outside Philadelphia, PA, where she is an educational consultant. She presents book-based, participatory programs about Jewish historical fiction to children in Grades 1-8. Her "Historical Fiction: A Backstage Tour" focuses on research materials and methods in writing historical fiction, "Begin and Begin Again" examines the writing process with an emphasis on revisions, and "Between Two Covers" explores the publishing process from first draft to first printing. Baker is willing to travel anywhere in the U.S. or Israel. To arrange a program, email her at email@example.com or visit her website www.sharonreissbaker.com.
Ethel G. Hofman (Mackerel at Midnight: Growing up Jewish on a Remote Scottish Island and Everyday Cooking for the Jewish Home: More Than 350 Delectable Recipes) is a food and travel journalist and a culinary consultant based in Merion Station, Pennsylvania. A former president of the International Association of Culinary Professionals, Hofman gives an interactive presentation about growing up in the only Jewish family in the remote Shetland Islands; she includes family recipes that were a fusion of Jewish tradition and the North Sea islands, as well as the glue that held the diverse cultures together. Hofman is willing to travel throughout the U.S. if her expenses are covered. To arrange a program, email her at firstname.lastname@example.org, phone 610-664-5954, or visit her website www.kosherfoodconsultants.com.
Steven Silbiger (The Jewish Phenomenon: Seven Keys to the Enduring Wealth of a People) lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he works as a director of television marketing to develop new products and brand them through television commercials. Silbiger gives talks around the country about the extraordinary success of Jewish Americans in the United States and their contributions to the world in the arts, sciences, and business. He is willing to travel anywhere in the U.S., if expenses are paid. To arrange a program, email Silbiger at Jewish7s@juno.com.
William F.S. Miles (Zion in the Desert: American Jews in Israel's Reform Kibbutzim and My African Horse Problem) lives near Providence, Rhode Island, where he is an adjunct professor at Brown University's Watson Institute for International Studies and professor of political science at Northeastern University in Boston. A finalist for a National Jewish Book Award, Miles gives these talks: "Rhythm and Jews" (on new Jewish jazz), "Bull-Buying, Goat-Giving, and the Rabbi's Well in Africa: Not Your Usual Tzedaka Projects" (on Jewish sponsors and poor African communities), "A Jewish Jaunt in China" (on how the Chinese study Jews today), and "Whatever Happened to Jewish Utopia?" (on American baby-boomers who founded a Reform kibbutz in Israel). Miles is willing to travel anywhere. To arrange a program, email him at email@example.com or visit his faculty pages on the Brown University and Northeastern University web sites.
Writer's Digest magazine selected www.Host-a-Jewish-Book-Author.com, created by literary agent Anna Olswanger in 2007, as one of the 101 Best Websites for Writers for 2009. To participate in www.Host-a-Jewish-Book-Author.com, contact Bob Goldfarb, president of the Center for Jewish Culture and Creativity.