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MJCCA Book Festival Brew Ha-Ha: Parenting Edition

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Taking a night to meet off the main campus of the MJCCA,  two distinct books were featured, centering on parenting:  Sh*tty Mom and Dan Gets a Minivan.

Dan Gets a Minivan by Dan Zevin is about how one former hip guy transformed into a minivan guy and loving it. Dan Zevin noted that he put the name on the book because he is now known only as “the dad.”

Comedian Zevin showed up prepared for the Jewish crowd wearing a shirt that said the simple word: “Oy!”

The book is going to be produced into a television show, chronicling the up and downs of parenting and how to see the humorous sides of being a dad. Zevin also puts in his changing relationship with his own mother, who still treats him like a kid. Her advice in her book was to put a “vampire” in it and it would sure be a best seller.

In Sh*tty Mom by Mary Ann Zoellner and Alicia Ybarbo, this book goes into the unglamorous side of being a mom.  The authors, who are both producers at the Today Show, shared that the book idea came about one day when they were having margaritas and sharing why each was a “sh*tty mom.”  They wrote some ideas down and contacted a comedic writer and came up with this book.

Some advice: when your kid comes to wake up in the morning, act like you are asleep and they will go over to the dad’s side of the bed who will jump up and take care of whatever they need.

The book title Sh*tty Mom was a joke until 7 out of the 8 publishers they approached told them to keep the title.  Being a mom is tough, so why not just laugh instead of cry about the never ending list of mommy duties?

Be sure to capture part of the 21st Edition of the Book Festival of the  MJCCA running through November 18th which has 52 authors with 38 events in eighteen days.

A fun way to learn more about the literary scene, A Cappella books is on site selling books, so you can get them signed; a are perfect gift for this holiday season.

Visit: www.AtlantaJCC.org/bookfestival follow on Twitter @mjccabookfest  www.Facebook.com/mjccabookfest   or call 678-812-4005

 

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An Evening with David Sedaris at Fox Theatre April 16

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ATLANTA, GA (Feb. 24, 2015) – The Fox Theatre is pleased to present An Evening with David Sedaris, author of the previous bestsellers Naked, Me Talk Pretty One DayDress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, and regular National Public Radio contributor who will be appearing for one night only at the Fox Theatre on Thursday, April 16, 2015 at 7:30pm.

Celebrating the June 3, 2014 paperback release of his latest title, #1 New York Times Bestseller, Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls, author David Sedaris comes to Atlanta for an evening of engaging recollections and featuring all-new readings.

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Dr. Mike’s “The Fallacy of the Calorie”

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Dr. Mike (Michael S. Fenster, MD) has a sense of humor in dispersing his dietary and nutritional advice in The Fallacy of the Calorie, but what’s also funny is the fact that this cardiologist is dishing out all this information while criticizing supposed self-proclaimed food experts.

Take this passage, for example: “These days it seems as if everybody has an opinion about food and health. People watch Dr. Oz, tune in to the Food Network, or read some anecdotal diatribe on the Internet and all of a sudden they’re full of expert opinions and analysis.”

Dr. Mike mentions only Dr. Oz by name. He then goes on to allude to a bunch of straw men who give consumers lots of conflicting food guidance before launching into his own enterprising book of culinary realness. Dr. Mike is in your face and sounds like a go-getter, I guess. He says if I’m happy with the food I eat and my state of wellness, health, verdure, heartiness is a-okay, then this is not the book for me. PUT THIS BOOK DOWN. If only!

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SPX 2014 Programming Schedule

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SPX is fast approaching! Check out the release about this year’s panels and programming to plan your weekend. They all sound remarkable, highlighting diversity in the comics and cartooning industry that is often overlooked.

The Small Press Expo is pleased to announce the SPX 2014 Programming Schedule.  SPX continuing the festival’s established tradition of rich, thought-provoking programming featuring leading comics artists and critics in conversation. As in previous years, the Programming Schedule will feature two simultaneous tracks on both Saturday and Sunday, September 13th and 14th.

SPX 2014 programming highlights include special Q&A sessions with headline guests Lynda Barry, Jules Feiffer, Charles Burns, Raina Telgemeier, Drew Friedman. Eleanor Davis, Mimi Pond and John Porcellino, many of whom will also join in other panel discussions.

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