The Lessans Family Literary Series

2017-2018 Literary Series

All year long, we will bring you the best and brightest authors and artists from around the country for special events!

Literary Series Events

Event Date: Tuesday, December 5

Event Time: 10:00 AM

Ticket Price: FREE

Event Info: Join us for an interactive morning with Laura Gehl, author of Koala Challah!

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Event Date: Thursday, December 7

Event Time: 7:00 PM

Event Cost: $18, Ticket Only | $39, Ticket & Book

Event Info: Former editor of The New Republic and now a writer for The Atlantic, Franklin Foer weighs into the vexing issues posed by the growing power of “Big Technology” in World Without Mind: The Existential Threat of Big Tech.

Foer’s new book presses us to understand the ideas that motivate technology companies, not just buy into the romantic myths they want us to believe. It is an important, vital book at the exact right time in the zeitgeist.

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Event Date: Thursday, January 25, 2018

Event Time: The Ritchie Boys @ 6:00 PM | Author talk @ 7:30 PM

Ticket Price: Film is Free. Reservation is required.
Author Talk: $18, Ticket Only | $41 Ticket & Book

Event Info: First watch the documentary, The Ritchie Boys then hear Bruce Henderson speak about his fascinating book on the same topic, Sons and Soldiers, which tells the story of German Jewish refugees who escaped the Nazis and were trained specially trained at Camp Richie, Maryland to be frontline interrogators of German POWs during WWII.

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Event Date: Thursday, February 8

Event Time: 7:00 PM

Event Cost: $18, Ticket Only | $38, Ticket & Book

Event Info: In her fiction debut, novelist Lise Arin illuminates the history of the medieval English monarchy through the eyes of Empress Matilda. Through her stunning prose, Arin artfully crafts a tale exploring what is at stake when a strong woman at the center of great social and political upheaval refuses to play by the rules and deviates from the path imposed on her from birth.

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Event Date: Sunday, April 22, 2018

Event Time: 10:30 AM

Ticket Price: $20, Ticket Only | $42 Ticket & Book

Event Info: Rafi Kohan takes you across the country, from the home of the Dallas Cowboys to the iconic Fenway, in Boston, with stops along the way at Wrigley in Chicago, the Superdome in New Orleans, the Yankee Stadiums (old and new) and countless other arenas in America’s largest cities in this fun sports-lovers book. Breakfast included.

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Event Date: Thursday, May 17, 2018

Event Time: 7:00 PM

Ticket Price: $18, Ticket Only | $41, Ticket & Book

Event Info: Fishman’s book — The Book Smugglers: Partisans, Poets, and the Race to Save Jewish Treasures from the Nazis — tells the heroic, little known story about a group of poets and partisans known as the “Paper Brigade,” living in the Vilna Ghetto, who worked to save Jewish books and Jewish culture from Nazi destruction.

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Event Date: Thursday, May 24, 2018

Event Time: 7:00 PM

Ticket Price: $25, Ticket Only

Event Info: Join us for a special culinary event featuring blogger and new cookbook author, Jenn Segal.

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A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO OUR SERIES SPONSORS

Drs. Ellen and Stuart Lessans
Helene Weisz and Richard Lieberman
Even Hotels
The Wine Harvest
Randi, Marty and Andrew Meyrowitz

Adele and Roy Igersheim
Helen and David Rubin
Tracy Bloom Schwartz and Alan Schwartz
Janyse and Bernie Weisz

The Embassy of Israel
Joy and Herb Epstein
Lisie and Michael Gottdenker
Lisa and Murry Gunty
Susan and Adam Wegner
Ellen and Michael Gold
Pamela Nadell

Community Partners:
B’nai Tzedek Sisterhood
Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School
Milton Gottesman Jewish Day School of the Nation’s Capital
Washington Jewish Week

Become a Literary Series Sponsor, today, by contacting: Jennifer Smith, 301-348-3778.