Levis JCC Sandler Center Hosts 30th Annual Book & Author Luncheon March 30

Levis JCC Sandler Center Hosts 30th Annual Book & Author Luncheon March 30

The Levis JCC Sandler Center hosts its 30th Annual Book & Author Luncheon featuring presentations by four best-selling authors on Wednesday, March 30 at 9am at The Polo Club of Boca Raton. A well-established cultural hub in South Palm Beach County offering enriching and engaging programming throughout the year, the Levis JCC Sandler Center proudly welcomes respected authors Jean Hanff Korelitz, Jennifer Rosner, Max Gross and Jai Chakrabarti for the esteemed event.

“We are excited to once again offer this long-standing and community-favorite event in person again after a 2-year hiatus,” said Stephanie Owitz, Director of Arts, Culture and Learning for the Sandler Center. “We host this event with gratitude to this year’s accomplished guest authors and to our literary community at large who continue to help us engage and support our life-long learners.”

In addition to author presentations, guests will enjoy coffee, pastries, lunch and valet parking. Tickets are $125 per person and are available for purchase on levisjcc.org/culture/ or by calling the Box Office at 561-558-2520.

Synopsis of authors and their latest works at a glance:

Jean Hanff Korelitz

The Plot, 2021

The Plot is an enticingly smart, propulsive literary thriller about a story too good not to steal, the fame-hungry writer who steals it, and the vindictive reader who uncovers the truth.

Jean Hanff Korelitz is the author of the novels You Should Have Known (which aired on HBO in October 2020 as The Undoing, starring Nicole Kidman, Hugh Grant, and Donald Sutherland), Admission (adapted as a film in 2013 starring Tina Fey), The Devil and Webster, The White Rose, The Sabbathday River and A Jury of Her Peers, as well as Interference Powder.

Jennifer Rosner

The Yellow Bird Sings, 2021

Inspired by the true stories of Jewish children hidden during World War II, Jennifer Rosner’s debut is a breathtaking novel about the unbreakable bond between a mother and a daughter. Beautiful and riveting, The Yellow Bird Sings is a testament to the triumph of hope—a whispered story, a bird’s song—in even the darkest of times.

Jennifer Rosner is the author of If A Tree Falls, a memoir about raising her deaf daughters, and The Mitten String, a Sydney Taylor Book Award Notable. Jennifer’s short writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Forward, Good Housekeeping, and elsewhere. Her debut novel The Yellow Bird Sings was a finalist for the 2020 National Jewish Book Awards.

Max Gross

The Lost Shtetl, 2020

For decades, the tiny Jewish shtetl of Kreskol existed in happy isolation, virtually untouched and unchanged. Spared by the Holocaust and the Cold War, its residents enjoyed remarkable peace. But when a marriage dispute spins out of control, the whole town comes crashing into the twenty-first century.

Max Gross is a staff reporter for the New York Post, where his article “Schlub You the Right Way” was published. His occasional column, The Hapless Jewish Writer, appears in The Forward. The Lost Shtetl was winner of the National Jewish Book Award and the Jewish Fiction Award from the Association of Jewish Libraries.

Jai Chakrabarti

A Play for the End of the World, 2021

A dazzling debut novel, set in the early 1970s in New York and rural India. It is the story of a turbulent, unlikely romance, a harrowing account of the lasting horrors of the Second World War, and a searing examination of one man’s search for forgiveness and acceptance.

Jai Chakrabarti’s short fiction has appeared in numerous journals and has been anthologized in The O. Henry Prize Stories, The Best American Short Stories, and awarded a Pushcart Prize. Chakrabarti was an Emerging Writer Fellow with A Public Space and received his MFA from Brooklyn College. He was born in Kolkata, India, and now lives in Brooklyn, New York.

While membership is not required to participate in programs, Sandler Center members enjoy significant benefits and discounts. To meet the needs of the community, expanded membership options are now available for in-person and virtual programs and are annual from the date of purchase.

Effective Sunday, March 6, wearing a face mask inside the Levis JCC or at any of its sponsored programming is optional. Members and guests who are high risk are encouraged to continue to wear masks. Visit levisjcc.org/culture/ for the most current COVID-19 policy updates.

For more information, contact Stephanie Owitz at stephanieo@bocafed.org or call 561-558-2520. The Levis JCC Sandler Center is located at 21050 95th Avenue S. in Boca Raton. The Polo Club of Boca Raton is located at 5400 Champion Blvd in Boca Raton.

About the Levis JCC Sandler Center
The Levis JCC Phyllis & Harvey Sandler Center highlights renowned talent from artists and actors to authors and so much more and gives adults of all ages and faiths an opportunity to connect with others who share similar interests in continuing education, travel, and social events. Learn more at levisjcc.org/culture.

About the Adolph & Rose Levis Jewish Community Center

The Adolph & Rose Levis Jewish Community Center promotes and enhances Jewish culture, heritage, and values through educational, spiritual, social, wellness and recreational programs for individuals of all ages. With a preschool, summer camp, family activities, athletics, cultural arts, adult enrichment, and special needs programming, as well as a Resale Boutique for bargain hunters, the Levis JCC offers something for everyone.