Austin Jewish Book Fair: Beyond the Book
November 1-17, 2015 

Registration for Book Fair ticketed events will become available Thursday, October 1.



JOSEPH SKIBELL is the critically acclaimed author of A Blessing on the Moonand and A Curable Romantic. He has won numerous awards including the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature. As director of the Ellmann Lectures at Emory University, he played guitar and sang onstage with Margaret Atwood and Paul Simon. A professor at Emory, he is a Senior Fellow at the Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry.   

STEVE KATZ was a founding member of The Blues Project and Blood, Sweat & Tears. He became a record producer, working with rock renegade Lou Reed, among others. These days, Katz and his wife, Alison Palmer, run a ceramics shop in South Kent, CT.      

DION NISSENBAUM is a national security reporter for The Wall Street Journal. Previously, Dion was based in Afghanistan, where he traveled around the country both as an independent journalist and with the United States military. He has won several awards, including a National Press Club award for diplomatic correspondence.

ANTHONY DAVID has written eight books, including the award-winning Once Upon a Country: A Palestinian Life, the biography of the Palestinian leader Sari Nusseibeh. An American currently living in Jerusalem, he holds a PhD in European History from the University of Chicago.   

DAVID GREGORY was formerly a White House correspondent and moderator of NBC's Meet the Press.
There will be a Patron only meet and greet reception with David Gregory prior to the event. 


DAFNA MICHAELSON JENET, President of the Journey Institute, holds a BA from Stern College and an MBA from University of Denver and is a StorahTelling Maven. She held directorship posts at the Holocaust Awareness Institute and The March of the Living, BJENY. She currently sits on Hadassah’s National Board.   

JAMI ATTENBERG has written about sex, technology, design, books, television, and urban life for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Salon, Print, The Hairpin, Vogue, New York, Elle, Real Simple, The Rumpus, and others. She has contributed to numerous anthologies and also wrote Wicked: The Musical: A Pop-up Compendium.

 is the author of the critically acclaimed novels The First Husband, The Divorce Party, and London Is the Best City in America. Her work has been published in fifteen countries, and three of her novels—including Eight Hundred Grapes—have been optioned as major motion pictures. She resides in Santa Monica, CA.

KAREN GOOEN lives in New Jersey with her husband and two daughters. She has degrees from Brown and Columbia Universities and has served as a budget analyst, medical writer, and summer camp administrator, but found her true passion in Mahjong. She has spent years analyzing a ten-minute activity that is fortified by popcorn and M&Ms.    

Sponsored by the Congregation Agudas Achim & Temple Beth Shalom Sisterhood and JCC Senior Adult Programs.

LETTY COTTIN POGREBIN is an American author, journalist, lecturer, and social activist. She earned a bachelor's degree from Brandeis University in English and American literature, and worked for the publishing company Bernard Geis Associates as their director of publicity and later their vice president. She also wrote a column for Ladies Home Journal called “The Working Woman," and was an editorial consultant for the TV special Free to Be... You and Me (as well as for the album and book associated with it) for which she earned an Emmy. She was a founding editor of Ms. Magazine, and a cofounder of Ms. Foundation for Women and the National Women's Political Caucus.    

JENNIFER TEEGE is a German-Nigerian author who has discovered she is the granddaughter of Nazi Amon Goeth - also known as the ‘Butcher of Plaszow’ concentration camp. Teege, who was adopted shortly after birth, stumbled on her shocking family secret after coming across a book about the brutal Nazi commander written by her birth mother Monika Goeth.


JOSH MURAVCHIK is the author of 11 books on American and world politics. He has also authored hundreds of articles in magazines and newspapers on politics, history, and international affairs.


LEAH LAX’s work has been published in Dame, Lilith, Moment, and Salon. Lax's work for stage has been reviewed with acclaim in The New York Times and broadcast on NPR. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Houston.

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Beyond the Book is part of the Spotlight on Arts & Ideas 2015-16 season.