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Central Florida Jewish Book Festival hosts award-winning authors

Learn and laugh with four award-winning Jewish authors at the literary event of the year. On Feb. 25, Writer's Block Bookstore is partnering with The Roth Family Jewish Community Center of Greater Orlando and the Jewish Book Council to host authors Michelle Edwards, Paul Goldberg, Pam Jenoff and Justin Loeber at the Central Florida Jewish Book Festival from 11:15 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event will be held at The Roth Family JCC.

Michelle Edwards is the author of numerous picture books, including "Chicken Man," winner of the National Jewish Book Award; "Max Makes a Cake," illustrated by Charles Santoso; and "Room for the Baby," illustrated by Jana Christy. A lifelong knitter, Michelle has also written an adult title, "A Knitter's Home Companion."

Pam Jenoff is the author of several novels, including the international bestseller "The Kommandant's Girl," which also earned her a Quill Award nomination.

Paul Goldberg is the author of "The Yid" and two books on the Soviet human rights movement, and has co-authored (with Otis Brawley) the book "How We Do Harm." He is the editor and publisher of The Cancer Letter, a publication focused on the business and politics of cancer.

Justin Loeber is a self-made entrepreneur with a true American spirit. an SVP, Executive Marketing and publicity director at Judith Regan's imprint, ReganMedia/HarperCollins. Loeber has spearheaded publicity campaigns for a ton of bold face names: Michael Jordan, Lawrence Taylor, Cindy Crawford, Olympia Dukakis, Tommy Lee, Pamela Anderson, Anthony Bourdain, Ewan McGregor, Gloria Allred, Marlo Thomas, Wanda Sykes, LeRoy Neiman, Blair Underwood, Jon Gruden, Leon Uris, Celia Cruz, Bill Blass, and Dr. Andrew Weil, Promoted key health and wellness programs at The Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, the largest retreat center in North America. He was also instrumental in brokering book deals for many, including John Leguizamo's Pimps, Hos, Playa Hatas, and All the Rest of My Hollywood Friends (Ecco) and Kenny Loggins' Footloose (Quarto).

The day will feature the four Jewish authors in three time slots: PJ Library children's book author, Michelle Edwards (11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m). This is a free event featuring kid-friendly story time; a panel discussion with award-winning fiction authors Pam Jenoff and Paul Goldberg (1 p.m.-2 p.m.), who will give a behind-the-scenes look into a few of their best sellers and a look into the lives of an author; and a discussion with self-management expert and veteran publisher Justin Loeber (2 p.m.-3 p.m.), who's recent book, "Get out of Your Own Way Guide to Life," helps readers to overcome personal obstacles, fear and stereotypes and reach their goals.

General admission tickets are $10 per talk (open seating), with a VIP reserved seating in the first two rows ticket option of $30 for all three talks. Package price of $15 for two sessions.

Tickets can be purchased at http://www.orlandojcc.org/bookfest. Any media questions can be directed to Leah Sandler, Cultural Arts coordinator for The Roth Family JCC of Greater Orlando.

There will be complimentary babysitting at the JCC for children ages 2-12; advanced registration is required and is done at the time of ticket purchase.


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