The Best Book Club

October 11, 2012

Michael Chabon demonstrates his Pulitzer-winning gaze.

Though the epithet “People of the Book” refers to Jews’ devotion to the Torah, we feel it can be more inclusive during the Jewish Literary Festival. People of the Biography of Barbra Streisand! People of the Appealing Comic Novel! People of the Analysis of Campaign Season! Readings from those are all on the schedule, along with these other high points of the 10-day event.

Culture War: Michael Chabon’s newest book, “Telegraph Avenue,” is the story of a record shop handling the opening of a music megastore. The Pulitzer Prize-winner’s reading and reception should be the highlight of the festival. Sun., 7:30 p.m.

Breaking Away: Eishes Chayil and Anouk Markovits, who both grew up in Hasidic communities, will talk about mining their youths for fiction. Markovits, author of “I Am Forbidden,” fled an arranged marriage, while Chayil adopted a nom de plume (Judy Brown) to avoid repercussions from her novel, “Hush.” Mon., 7:30 p.m.

Becoming Yourself: Gender is a big deal at Yeshiva University, which divides students between the all-male Yeshiva College and the Stern College for Women. Joy Ladin gained tenure as a man before starting her transition, making her the first openly transgender person to work at an orthodox Jewish institution. “Through the Door of Life” covers her struggle to stay at Yeshiva and create a new identity. Sun., 11 a.m.

DCJCC, 1529 16th St. NW; 202-777-3251, Sun. through Oct. 24; schedule is here. (Dupont Circle)
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