Join us for a 10-day celebration of the best in Jewish literature. 

This year the Festival opens with Pulitzer Prize winner Geraldine Brooks as part of an ambitious multimedia concert, composed by Merima Ključo, based on the story of the Sarajevo Haggadah. The Festival closes with National Jewish Book Award winner Gary Shteyngart, in conversation with NPR book reviewer Alan Cheuse. Among the nearly 30 authors in between, you will recognize such luminaries as sex therapist Dr. Ruth Westheimer and the father of the graphic novel Art Spiegelman. Join Deborah Tannen in conversation with acclaimed mother and daughter novelists Hilma and Meg Wolitzer, meet 15 DC-area writers at our Local Author Fair and enjoy a literary lunch with Pulitzer Prize winner Nick Kotz.


What really knocks me out is a book that, when you’re all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it.
— J.D. Salinger

Opening Night, October 20, 2014

The Sarajevo Haggadah: Music of the Book

A new composition by Merima Ključo. Geraldine Brooks introduces our opening night performance and joins in a post-concert discussion.

Sponsored by Tamara & Harry Handelsman

October 25, 2014

Dr. Ruth K. Westheimer & Jerome E. Singerman

Myths of Love: Echoes of Ancient Mythology in the Modern Romantic Imagination

Dr. Ruth analyzes the irrational, cruel and often deadly world of classic myths.

The Gerald L. Bernstein Memorial Lecture

Closing Night, October 29, 2014

Gary Shteyngart
In Conversation with Alan Cheuse

Little Failure: A Memoir

Gary Shteyngart explores what it means to be an immigrant, a son, an American, a boyfriend and a writer.

Sponsored by Louie & Ralph Dweck