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Celebrating authors, culture, and life

The JCC Book & Arts fair continues a robust tradition


Literary life in Buffalo is strong. It is built on a venerable foundation of organizations, academic programs, reading series, and special events like this one: The Jewish Community Center Book & Arts Fair.


For more than five decades, the JCC has been presenting this fair, which celebrates both local and visiting authors, and includes an art exhibition. It’s an extensive affair, with book talks, readings, plays, and other presentations—there’s even a family-friendly variety show—lasting from June 4 to June 21.


Highlights include:


• Buffalo books: Mark Goldman’s Albright: the Life and Times of John J. Albright (June 4) and Clinton Brown’s Becoming Elmwood: Buffalo’s Olmsted Parkway Neighborhood (June 21)


The two local authors are speaking about their respective books, both of which tell stories about how Buffalo as we know it came to be. Goldman’s book takes on a little-known but key feature in the city’s cultural history, while Brown explains the history of a beloved neighborhood.


• Three one-acts: Written by UB professor and writer Howard Wolf, the three connected plays portray the history of an American family using a blend of comedy, realism, and fantasy. Home at the End of the Day: An American Family Drama in Three Acts is directed by Virginia Brannon and stars Richard Lambert, Joy Scime, and Steve Rosenthal. (June 6)


• An old-fashioned variety show: Magician Todd Nelson opens for the Twins from France, acrobats Yaakov and Yisroel Gurion. (June 10)


The programming also includes a presentation by the Word Weavers (June 12); a reading from poet Philip Terman (June 13); a presentation by Arlene Burrows, author of A Return to Chelm (June 18); and a screening of the film Keep the Change (June 19).


Support for the Fair comes through People of the Book, a special Jewish Center Endowment Fund, administered by the Foundation for Jewish Philanthropies and founded by Rabbi Shay and Lila Mintz. Visit jccbuffalo.com for tickets and passes.


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