Evelyn Rubenstein JCC of Houston alling for book clubs to join Take Your Pick

September 12, 2017

Take your pick! Evelyn Rubenstein JCC of Houston is calling for book clubs around the city to join our “Take Your Pick: Reading as a Community” event by reading one or both books this fall and then hear the authors speak at the Ann and Stephen Kaufman Jewish Book & Arts Festival, October 28 – November 12, 2017.

This year’s “Take Your Pick” authors Julia Dahl, Conviction and Brian Platzer, Bed-Stuy is Burning will be discussing their new books at the Festival on Monday, November 6 at 7:30 p.m.

“We’re excited about the two books we’ve chosen. The authors take different perspectives on the racial tension between Jews and African-Americans in Brooklyn over the past 30 years,” said Stefani Twyford, Co-Chair of Take Your Pick along with Lori Farris. “We believe these books will generate a lot of intelligent and timely discussion and look forward to the authors sharing their views with readers. We are hoping book clubs all over the Houston area will take these books on as part of their fall selections and come to our event November 6.

Julia Dahl’s Conviction is “a murder mystery for our tumultuous times.” [New York Magazine] Journalist Rebekah Roberts receives a letter from a self-proclaimed innocent convict, who was arrested 22 years prior for the brutal murder of a black family in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. As Rebekah investigates the forgotten case, she comes across the path of a killer with secrets spanning two decades.

Bedford-Stuyvesant, a notoriously volatile and rapidly gentrifying Brooklyn neighborhood, is the setting for Bed-Stuy Is Burning, and where author Brian Platzer actually resides. This debut novel centers on one catastrophic day, when riots ignite after a cop shoots a boy in a nearby park. Platzer offers us a window into how the riots affect the lives of one family: Aaron, a former rabbi turned Wall Street banker, his journalist girlfriend, Amelia, and their newborn baby.

Let the J know if your book club wants to read along. Contact takeyourpickjbaf@gmail.com for VIP book club bene?ts. Participating book clubs will get discussion questions and are invited to a pre-event meet and greet with the authors. Both books will be for sale at the J after September 5 and come with free admission to the November 6 event. Visit erjcchouston.org for more information about our programs and services. Find us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter using #JBAF.