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 July 8.
•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
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culture, and life
THE JCC BOOK & ARTS FAIR CONTINUES A ROBUST TRADITION
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 Michael Lodick 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.
•Sons and Soldiers: The book by Bruce Henderson tells a
compelling story of heroism, courage, and patriotism during
WWII. Henderson interviewed many surviving veterans
Support for the Fair comes through People of the Book, a
and explored archives to bring this epic history to life. His
presentation is followed by a sale, signing, and reception. (July 8)
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).
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.