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Book Festival

Local Author Day

Date: November 12, 2017Time: 10:00 am
Location:  Show map Mandel JCC
26001 S Woodland Road
Beachwood, OH 44122








Local Author Day
Sun, Nov 12 • 10 am • Mandel JCC

Maxine Brand
The Brand Family Chronicles or OMG They’re Moving Again

Maxine was born in Kansas City, Missouri and spent her formative years yearning for change. She wanted a career, children, and her old forties figure back. She now spends her sixties yearning to be a successful humorist. In her book, Maxine will share her life in a very loving and funny way.

Maxine lives in Cleveland where she spends a great deal of her time playing Pickleball at The J and enjoying her grandson.

Carolyn Frankel
Be Like Rachel – Lessons of Character from Women of the Bible

In her beautifully illustrated book, Carolyn Frankel asks, “how can we make our world a better place?” We can all play a role in demonstrating the values of our biblical matriarchs. What happens to us is not as important as how we react to what happens. What is important are the choices we make every day. We have the choice to learn from our mistakes or continue to make the same ones.

Carolyn Frankel is a writer and an artist. She was an elementary teacher in the Ohio public school system for 38 years. She has won many awards throughout her career as a teacher and artist. She believes in living a creative and spiritual life and finds inspiration in her world travels.

Terri Libenson
Invisible Emmie

The very talented creator of the internationally syndicated, Reuben Award-winning comic strip The Pajama Diaries is back with her new young adult book Invisible Emmie. This is a story of two totally different girls – quiet, shy, artistic Emmie and popular, outgoing, athletic Katie – and how their lives unexpectedly intersect one day, when an embarrassing note falls into the wrong hands.

Terri Libenson was a longtime writer of humorous cards for American Greetings. Terri lives with her husband and two daughters in Mayfield Heights, Ohio.

Marlit Polsky
Out on a Limb

Marlit Polsky reflects on the lives of her family and how they were spared escaping Germany. The enormity of this realization was staggering to her. She says there are no words to describe this miracle. Everyone’s life is a miracle and this is her story. Out on a Limb, is the continuation of America at Last. This book chronicles Marlit’s life from young adulthood to the present.  Including, first loves, drama and family struggles. 

Marlit Polsky is the author of Rouge Hags. A number of her stories have appeared in the Cleveland Jewish News. She lives in Beachwood, Ohio.

Ken Schneck
Seriously...What am I Doing Here? The Adventures of a Wondering and Wandering Gay Jew

Never having been on an adventure, author Ken Schneck finds himself stumbling into a fast-paced journey to the unfamiliar. He was determined to answer the universal question “Seriously... What am I Doing Here?” Occasionally heartbreaking, often insightful, this witty travelogue has, at its core, our never- ending search for meaning, and how we often fail to succeed (sometimes hilariously so!) but keep right on trying.

Ken Schneck, PhD is the producer and host of This Show is So Gay, an award-winning radio show and podcast. He is an Associate Professor and the Director of the Leadership in Higher Education Program at Baldwin Wallace University.

Rachel Zake
The Nomad Diaries

This book is a diary of two people living their lives, despite what was expected of them. They lived in Madrid, then traveled the world over a 10 month period. It is a story of adventure, love, and learning. But most importantly, it is true.

Rachel Zake is the Mandel JCC’s Director of Youth Performing Arts Programs. Rachel spent time in Madrid teaching English. She also lived in Los Angeles where she worked as an actor and had roles in This is 40 and Grey’s Anatomy. Rachel’s first novel was Two People are Coming out of a Building.


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