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‘Beach-Read’ Authors To Speak at Mandell JCC Book Festival in West Hartford

The perfect summer reading list. Submitted photo

The Mandell JCC’s book festival will conclude with a visit from three authors whose books are perfect for a summer reading list.

Authors of three 'must-read' books for this summer will close out the JCC's Book Festival. Submitted photo

Authors of three ‘must-read’ books for this summer will close out the JCC’s Book Festival. Submitted photo

Submitted by Larah Winn, Mandell JCC

The Mandell JCC’s Closing Jewish Book Festival event features three must-have beach reads that book lovers can dive into this summer. Authors Elyssa Friedland, Emily Liebert and Pam Jenoff will dicuss their page-turners onTuesday, May 3, 2016, at 7 p.m. at the Mandell JCC, Zachs Campus, 335 Bloomfield Ave., West Hartford, CT 06117. Julia Pistell, founding director of Writing Programs at the Mark Twain House & Museum and host of WNPR’s The Radius Project will moderate the event.

The perfect summer reading list. Submitted photo

The perfect summer reading list. Submitted photo

Elyssa Friedland, Love and Miss Communication

In Love and Miss Communication, Evie Rosen has had enough. She’s tired of the partners at her law firm e-mailing her at all hours of the night. The thought of another online date makes her break out in a cold sweat. So when her career hits a surprising roadblock and her heart is crushed by Facebook, Evie decides it’s time to put down her smartphone for good. “Part modern girl-power moxie manual and part cleverly twisted old-fashioned love story, Friedland’s sublime debut was a delight to devour.” -Jill Kargman, author and star of Bravo’s Odd Mom Out

Elyssa Friedland attended Yale University, where she served as managing editor of the Yale Daily News. Recently, she has written for POPSUGAR, RealSimple.com and Bustle. Prior to law school, Elyssa wrote for several publications, including Modern Bride, New York magazine, Columbia Journalism Review, CBS MarketWatch.com, Yale Alumni Magazine, and Your Prom. She is a monthly contributor to Daybreak USA on USA Radio Network.

Emily Liebert, Those Secrets We Keep

In Those Secrets We Keep, Three women. Three lives.Three secrets. On the surface, Sloane has the perfect life—an adoring husband, a precocious daughter. Hillary has a successful career and a solid marriage. As the wild child daughter of old family money, Georgina has never had to accept responsibility for anything. When these three women unite for a three-week long summer vacation, they quickly discover that no secret can be kept forever…“A perfect summer read, in the style of Elin Hilderbrand or Jane Green.”-Library Journal

Emily Liebert is featured often in the press, by outlets such as: Today Show, The Rachael Ray Show, Anderson Cooper, FOX News, Good Day New York, Oprah Radio, Martha Stewart Radio, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, InStyle, People StyleWatch, OK!, Nylon,Ladies’ Home Journal, Woman’s World, WWD, Woman’s Day, The New York Post, The Washington Post, The New York Daily News, The Chicago Tribune, Boston Herald, People.com, and The Huffington Post.

Pam Jenoff, The Last Summer at Chelsea Beach

Young Adelia Monteforte begins the summer of 1941 aboard a crowded ship bound for America. Whisked away to the seaside by her well- meaning aunt and uncle, she basks in the noisy affection of the boisterous Irish-Catholic boys next door, and although she adores all four of the Connally brothers, it’s the eldest, Charlie, she pines for. But all hopes for a future together are throttled by the creep of war and a tragedy that hits much closer to home.“The Last Summer at Chelsea Beach is a beautiful story of love and redemption about a woman struggling to find her voice and her way amidst the turmoil of World War II.”-Kristin Hannah, #1 New York Times bestselling author

Pam is the author of The Kommandant’s Girl, which was an international bestseller and nominated for a Quill award, as well as The Winter Guest, The Diplomat’s Wife, The Ambassador’s Daughter, Almost Home, A Hidden Affair, and The Things We Cherished. She also authored a short story in the anthology Grand Central: Original Postwar Stories of Love and Reunion.

Tickets are on sale for $20 via mail, in person, or online at the Mandell JCC Box Office, 860-2316316, [email protected] and at www.mandelljcc.org. For more information, Jill Ziplow, 860-231-6339, [email protected]. For updates, follow the MandellJCC on Facebook and Twitter. All dates and programs subject to change.

The 2015-2016 Mandell JCC Book Festival is funded by the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford and the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Hartford, and sponsored by Mandell JCC Partners: Saint Francis Care, LAZ Parking, Farmington Bank, Simsbury Bank, Group Insurance Associates, Blo Blow Dry Bar, Waterford Hotel Group, Hartford Car and Driver, RJ Julia Independent Book Sellers, The Greater Hartford Arts Council, The Jewish Ledger, Mandell JCC Pillars Society and Pacesetters.

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