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We invite the community to join with us in reading and discussing Moonglow by Michael Chabon and participating in the many events taking place in the Bay Area through June 2017. The Library's Drop-In Book Club discussions are led by Jim Van Buskirk. Library Director Howard Freedman leads the film discussions. Events will be listed here on an ongoing basis, so be sure to visit this page soon for new information!

EVENTS AT
THE
LIBRARY

FILM: Little White Lie

THURSDAY, JANUARY 26, 7 P.M.

Filmmaker Lacy Schwartz grew up as Jewish and White in upstate New York, with her unusually dark complexion explained away as an inheritance from her Italian Jewish great-grandfather. After pushing for answers, she eventually learned that her biological father was a Black man with whom her mother had an affair. Through examining her family's secrets and the impact of uncovering them, Schwartz explores complex issues of identity. 2014, 66 minutes, in English.

Co-sponsored by Be'chol Lashon.

DROP-IN BOOK CLUB: When a Crocodile Eats the Sun: A Memoir of Africa by Peter Godwin
SUNDAY, JANUARY 29, 2 P.M.

As journalist Godwin records the collapse of his native Zimbabwe, he is confronted with his father's deathbed confession. The elder Godwin had always claimed to have been British, but he reveals himself to be a Polish Jew whose mother and sister were killed in Treblinka.

FILM: Everything is Illuminated
THURSDAY, MARCH 2, 7 P.M.

A very loose adaptation of Jonathan Safran Foer's debut novel, the quirky film follows an obsessive young American Jew as he travels to western Ukraine in search of the woman who saved his grandfather during the Holocaust. After his guides--an admirer of American pop culture and his anti-Semitic grandthar--take him on a winding journey in search of the mysterious town, what they eventually find transforms all of them. 2005, 106 minutes, in English, Russian, and Ukrainian with subtitles.

DROP-IN BOOK CLUB: Moonglow by Michael Chabon
SUNDAY, MARCH 5, 2 P.M.

The novel, this year's One Bay One Book selection, unfolds as the final confession of the narrator's grandfather, whose tongue has been loosened by painkillers and whose memory has been stirred by the imminence of death.

PAST EVENTS

DROP-IN BOOK CLUB: Where She Came From by Helen Epstein
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2 P.M.

A masterful work of family archaeology that chronicles the lives of the author's mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Epstein's quest for information began after the death of her mother, a Holocaust survivor, and the opening of Czechoslovakia to the West. 

FILM: The Flat
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8, 7 P.M.

When Israeli filmmaker Arnon Goldfinger was sorting through the possessions of his recently deceased grandmother, he made the surprising and unsettling discovery of items indicating a relationship between his refugee grandparents and a prominent Nazi. Going back to their native Germany, he embarks on a journey that brings out powerful questions about the nature of memory. 2011, 97 minutes, in Hebrew, English, and German with subtitles.

DROP-IN BOOK CLUB: The Last Flight of Poxl West by Daniel Torday
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2 P.M.

Elijah Goldstein loves his uncle, Poxl West, who for fifty years has portrayed himself as a World War II hero, but who may not have been all that he claimed to be. Winner of the National Jewish Book Award for fiction, this coming-of-age story is a meditation on memory, aspiration, and truth.

 

 

EVENTS IN THE
COMMUNITY

UPCOMING BOOK DISCUSSIONS:

Tuesday, January 31

Temple Beth El Book Group, Aptos

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Thursday, February 9, 7:30 p.m.

Cong. Beth Jacob , Redwood City

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Tuesday, February 13, 7 p.m.

Kehilla Synagogue, Oakland

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Friday, February 17, after 6:30 p.m. services

Or Shalom Jewish Community, San Francisco

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Tuesday, March 21

Beth Chaim Congregation, Danville

 

Wednesday, March 22, 7 p.m.

Coastside Jewish Community, East Bay Chapter                                                

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Sunday, April 16, 12 p.m.

Congregation Shir Hadash, Los Gatos

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Tues., April 25, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.

Peninsula JCC, Foster City

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Wednesday, May 10, 7-8:30 p.m. 

Jewish American Fiction Book Club, Fairfax Public Library

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PAST EVENTS:

Michael Chabon at the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco
Tuesday, November 29, 7 p.m.


Michael Chabon at Diesel, A Bookstore, Oakland

Wednesday, December 14, 7 p.m. 
 

Michael Chabon at Bookshop Santa Cruz at Peace Church

Thursday, December 15, 7 p.m. 
 

Michael Chabon at Rakestraw Books, Danville

Friday, December 16, 7 p.m. 
 

Michael Chabon at Book Passage, Corte Madera

Saturday, December 17, 4 p.m.