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Posted on 11/05/2012 @ 03:23 PM

Meet and hear from authors, selected from the illustriuous Jewish Book Council. For more information, contact Karen Sepsenwol, 305-534-3206 or

Robin Schulman, journalist and author of Eat the City: a Tale of the Fishers, Foragers, Butchers, Farmers, Poultry Minders, Sugar Refiners, Cane Cutters, Beekeepers, Winemakers, and Brewers who Built New York. Thursday, November 8, 7:30pm

This intelligent, gripping, beautifully written book introduces New Yorkers—past and present—who grow vegetables, butcher meat, fish local waters, refine sugar, keep bees for honey, brew beer, and make wine. In the most heavily built urban environment in the country, the book shows an organic city full of intrepid, eccentric people who want to make things grow.

With humor and insight, Eat the City shows how in places like New York, people have always found ways to use their collective hunger to build their own kind of city.

Rich Cohen, contributing editor at Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone and author of seven books including Israel is Real, Tough Jews and his latest The Fish that Ate the Whale, The Life and Times of America’s Banana King. Thursday, November 15, 7:30pm

The Fish That Ate the Whale sweeps the reader into a rich early twentieth century tableau, exploring a deep and conflicted character in banana kingpin Sam Zemurray. The writer documents Zemurray’s travels from impoverished New Orleans banana peddler, to Honduran political schemer, and ultimately to his ascendance as chairman of United Fruit. Cohen weaves a well-researched biography of Zemurray, a detailed history of the international banana trade, and a concise overview of late colonial Central America, into one compelling story.

Ben G. Frank, travel writer, journalist and author of The Scattered Tribe. Traveling the Diaspora from Cuba to India to Tahiti and Beyond. Thursday, November 29, 7:30pm The Scattered Tribe. Traveling the Diaspora from Cuba to India to Tahiti and Beyond is an odyssey – a road map of travel to discover exotic Jewish communities around the globe. Learn and engage in a lively discussion about modern Jewish life among many nations including Tahiti, Vietnam, Burma, Morocco, Algeria and Cuba.

WHERE: The new Galbut Family Miami Beach JCC on the Simkins Family Campus 4221 Pine Tree Drive Miami Beach, 33140

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